Rabbi Shia Kahane, z”l, Prolific Gabbai Tzedakah


Rabbi Yehoshua Mordechai Kahane, a renowned fundraiser who singlehandedly supported dozens of poor and broken families across the city, was niftar on Wednesday days after getting run over by a bike rider in Boro Park. He was 83.

Rabbi Kahane, for decades a familiar yet unassuming face on the Boro Park scene, collected tens of thousands of dollars for almanos and broken families. Although for many years he had a leg injury, he would go to shuls and chasunah halls, collecting for his causes. Then, a list in hand, he would go into dozens of houses every week, drop off a few hundred dollars, and depart, no words exchanged.

Reb Shia was born in Eretz Yisrael in 1930, where he was a chavrusa with Harav Mottel Slonimer, zt”l. He immigrated to the United States and married, tbl”c, his wife, Mrs. Nechama, Kahane. The couple never had children, so they devoted themselves to helping others.

Crossing the street in front of Shomer Shabbos shul on 13th Ave. and 53rd St. on Shabbos afternoon, Reb Shia was knocked over by a bike rider. He lay in a coma until Wednesday morning, when he was niftar.

The levayah took place Wednesday evening in Boro Park’s Satmar shul. Shivah will be observed at 4915 10th Ave., Room 222E, until Wednesday morning.

He will be sorely missed by his hundreds of friends and beneficiaries.

Yehi zichro baruch.

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