New York – Well known philanthropist Zev Wolfson, whose generous support of countless Torah institutions worldwide was legendary, passed away today at age 84 in New York.
Born in Vilna, Wolfson came to America at age seventeen with his mother and his brother and using his keen sense of business, he went to work, enabling his brother to go to yeshiva. Ultimately he used his acumen in both real estate and investments to build an extremely successful business and over the years, the Wolfson Foundation has supported countless yeshivos, kollelim and other Torah institutions, with many catering specifically to secular Jews in an effort to bring them closer to Yiddishkeit. Despite his unparalleled acts of tzedaka and chesed, Wolfson, a Lawrence resident, preferred to keep a low profile, never calling attention to himself in any way.
Wolfson was known for his close relationship with many prominent rabbonim and his wife Nechama tblc’t, who founded Shalom Task Force twenty years ago, is well known for her efforts to combat domestic violence within the Jewish community.
The levaya will take place tomorrow morning at 10 AM at Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv, 1 Cedarlawn Avenue in Lawrence