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History & Legacy

History & Legacy

 

 

RABBI ZALMAN & REBBETZIN SHULA KAZEN served the Cleveland Jewish community for close to six decades. Their commitment and selflessness is legendary. While leading Congregation Zemach Zedek, they dedicated their time, effort and resources to help Jews regardless of affiliation. Hundreds of grateful families have fond memories of Rabbi and Rebbitzen Kazen.

Whatever the need, the Kazens rose to the challenge:

1950s: Rabbi Kazen, being a Shochet, helped provide for the material and spiritual needs of the holocaust survivors. Rebbetzin Kazen established
Cholov Yisrael, Neshei Chabad, Mesibos Shabbos, and visited homes, encouraging new refugees to send their children to the Hebrew Academy.

1960s: Organized fundraising dinners for the Fallen Heroes of Israel & Kfar Chabad Vocational schools.

1970s: Established Chabad in Cleveland with their children for college students, which has expanded and flourished through their grandchildren.

1980s: Welcomed former USSR immigrants with free food and furniture, apartments and jobs, English Language and Jewish Heritage classes, and enrolled their children in the Hebrew Academy. Arranged festive holiday celebrations and life-cycle events for hundreds, including Brit Mila, Bar & BatMitzvah; weddings and funerals.

1990’s - 2010: Provided physical and spiritual nourishment to the Russian & Bucharian Jewish community and others, with Rabbi Kazen’s daily pickups for the Minyan & Torah studies and free Shabbat meals cooked and served by Rebbetzin Kazen. On Sundays, participants enjoyed free lunch
during the Torah class and took home food packages from the Kosher Food Bank. For the homebound, food packages were delivered weekly.

RABBI KAZEN’S LEGACY CONTINUES:
Over the last two years, while Rabbi and Rebbetzin Kazen lived in Crown Heights, the food bank expanded its activities at its new location at 2004 South Green Road, Cleveland Ohio 44121. In addition to the food packages, we continue to bring the joy of the Jewish holidays through celebrations and programs and weekly Torah study groups.

The Food Bank under the direction of their daughter Devorah Alevsky and managed by grandson Rabbi Yossi Freedman, has now grown to support 700 people monthly. The program has been enhanced with 50 rotating volunteers, a secretary and a maintenance crew. New refrigeration was purchased, along with two commercial vans to transport thousands of pounds of food. Our goal is to help 1000 people monthly, to meet the current demand. With our increased services, the budget of the Food Bank will be $150,000 this year. Before Rabbi Kazen's passing, he designated his good friend Reb Mordechai Baron to say Kaddish each day with a minyan for your beloved family members who’ve passed on. You can rest assured that the prayers will continue to be said on your behalf. To have Kaddish recited, contact Devorah Alevsky at (216) 382-1878 or alevskyd@gmail.com.

The RABBI KAZEN MEMORIAL FUND has been established to perpetuate the activities to which Rabbi and Rebbetzin Kazen dedicated their lives.
Partner with us to continue their legacy!

You can mail a check to the Kazen Memorial Fund
2004 S.Green Road, Cleveland OH 44121
or pay with a credit card online here.

Please email your personal memories in English or Russian
about "How Rabbi Kazen touched my life" to:
KazenTribute@gmail.com