By COLlive reporter
Reb Shloime Zalman Gelernter, a longtime Crown Heights resident and familiar local personality has passed away on Wednesday, 29 Shvat, 5775.
He was 89.
Rabbi Gelernter was known to many Crown Heights residents and guests of the neighborhood as the owner of the landmark Kesser hat store on Kingston Avenue for many years.
Rabbi Gelernter was born in the Polish town of Rubishov. During the Holocaust, he helped many people survive the terrible conditions, helping to find food and assisting others in many different ways. Many who survived later attributed this to the kindness of Reb Gelernter.
After the war, he returned to his hometown, where he was given a Sefer Torah that once belonged to the Baal Shem Tov’s students which had survived the war.
He later emigrated to America where he built a beautiful home together with his wife Sheindel.
The couple were known as tremendous baalei Chesed, dedicating their entire lives to kindness on every level, helping many others physically and spiritually.
In 1966, the Rebbe encouraged him to open a shul with the name “Anshei Rubishov,” which he did on Crown Street in Crown Heights.
The Shul quickly became a popular one, with a large congregation which is still flourishing today.
He is survived by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who follow in the path of Torah and Mitzvos, many of whom are Shluchim around the world.
His wife Sheindel passed away in January of 2013.
He is survived by his children Shani Troppe – Queens; Yonah Gelernter – Crown Heights; Mina Sputz – Crown Heights; Chanie Cohen – Crown Heights; Libby Chein – Crown Heights; and Henny Wolowik – California.
The levaya will take place tomorrow, Thursday at Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 9:40 am and passing by 770 at 10:40 am.
Afterwards they will pass hls shul, Anshei Rubishov, 691 Crown St. From there they will proceed to the bais hachayim.
The family is sitting shiva at 691 Crown St. until Wednesday morning.
Shachris 8:00 am
Family email for Nichum aveilim is: [email protected]
Baruch Dayan Haemes.