Reb Efraim Landau, a well known baal tzedakah and beloved member of the Boro Park Gerrer community, was niftar early Monday after battling a serious illness for six years.
As a child of Holocaust survivors from Poland, Reb Efraim was of the first generation born after World War II in America who were tasked with starting afresh in building new generations in new surroundings. Over the next few decades, he led the way as he built not only a prestigious family of his own, but indeed blazed the trail for others to rebuild the glory of the past.
Reb Efraim excelled in honoring his parents, and invested great energy and resources in the chinuch of his own children, while acting as a role model for them and others by learning at every possible opportunity. He comported himself with humility and was a true rodef shalom. All in all, although he was an example of a true baal chessed, he never sought recognition for his many good deeds.
As a young bachur, he learned in Yeshivas Chidushei Harim in Tel Aviv, where he had a close relationship with the Mashgiach, Harav God’l Eisner, zt”l. Reb Efraim was closely connected to the Gerrer Rebbes, zy”a, and, yblch”t, shlita, and several years ago, he was the impetus for starting a campaign to expand and enhance the Gerrer beis medrash in Yerushalayim. His initial pledge encouraged others to respond in kind, and the success of the project was attributed to his dedication to the cause.
The levayah took place on Tuesday in Yerushalayim with the Gerrer Rebbe, shlita, attending from a distance, and kevurah was on Har Hazeisim in Yerushalayim.
He is survived by, yblc”h, his wife Mrs. Goldie Landau, who as a true akeres habayis supported him in all his endeavors; his sons Reb Yisroel, Reb Moshe Yosef, Reb Yechiel Duvid, Reb Yehudah Lieb, Reb Simcha Bunim, Reb Mordechai Gad and Reb Pinchas ; and his daughters Mrs. Nechama Naiman, Mrs. Rochel Blimi Scheinshneider, Mrs. Chana Leah Zelcer and Mrs. Sarah Gitty Garfinkel; and many grandchildren.
Yehi zichro baruch.