Update: Dec. 27, 5:40 pm:
Moshe Kanofsky has been found in Brooklyn’s Kings County hospital.
He was found after Shmira responded and checked numerous leads throughout Friday night, including a lead from the police about a patient in Kings County hospital, until a positive ID was finally made.
Kanofsky is currently in critical condition after having been hit by a car.
Please say Tehillim for Moshe Gershon ben Zehava
Moshe Kanofsky, father of Jewish community leader Yosef Kanofsky, has been missing since last week Thursday, December 18, 2014 around 3:30pm. He is 73 years old, six feet tall, with blue eyes and gray hair and suffers from memory loss. He was last seen on Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue, wearing a red and black flannel shirt and a straw hat. Moshe Kanofsky also goes by the name Gerald Kane. He wears what has been described as casual, baggy and old, even ripped clothing.
“My father is a kind, loving and gentle man, who suffers from memory loss that may cause him to wander. Our family has been worried sick about his whereabouts as the weather gets colder and daylight gets shorter. We miss him tremendously and pray for his safe return home,” said Yosef Kanofsky. Mr. Kanosfky is an influential Jewish leader who is Director of Government Programs for the Orthodox Union/TEACH NYS initiative and is well known for helping dozens of yeshiva administrators, as well as his extracurricular activities as a mentor to at-risk youth in Crown Heights.
Councilman David G. Greenfield offered a $500 reward for information leading to the safe return of Moshe Kanofsky, “It deeply saddens me to hear the news about Moshe’s disappearance, especially during this holiday season. This is a time where families should be together, not separated. Thankfully, the NYPD has been working—even on Christmas—to ensure that he is found and safely reunited with his family. If you see him, please immediately call Crown Heights Shmira Safety Patrol at (718) 221 0303 or the NYPD at 911. Let’s work together to unite a grandfather with his family this weekend,” said Councilman David Greenfield.