Councilman David G. Greenfield and Sephardic Bikur Holim have joined together to launch a memorial fund in support of the family of Yitzchak “Izzo” Kadare, who was murdered late Thursday night. Mr. Kadare, a 59-year-old father of four and member of Ahava V’Achva Sephardic Synagogue who learned daf yomi daily at the Bnei Yosef Synagogue, was murdered inside his discount store, Amazing 99 Cent Deals, on 86th Street in Bensonhurst. This senseless murder of Mr. Kadare, who was a devout Orthodox Jew originally from Egypt, has left his wife and four children overcome with grief and struggling to comprehend life without the family’s breadwinner.
After a shiva visit with the family yesterday at their Midwood home, Greenfield worked with Ronnie Oved at Sephardic Bikur Holim to start the fund in support of Mr. Kadare’s children, which includes Kadare’s youngest – a seven year-old girl who is a student in a local yeshiva. Greenfield personally donated $250 to start the fund and encourages everyone in the community to give within their means. Mr. Kadare is described by friends as a devoted father and hard worker who was dedicated to his family and community and never hesitated to help those in need. At the shiva house, Mr. Kadare’s daughter told Greenfield that her father was rushing to close up on Thursday evening to catch a shiur at his shul on Ocean Parkway when he was murdered.
“This was a dedicated family man who was murdered while simply trying to earn a living and better life for his wife and children. This could have happened to anyone, and it is our responsibility as a community to come together in support of the Kadare family and make sure they are helped following this devastating loss. I urge everyone in the community to join me in giving what they can to this memorial fund, which hopefully will help the family as they struggle to come to grips with this tragedy,” said Councilman Greenfield.
“In this time of need, we must do what we can for the Kadare family. I know that our entire community has been shaken by this horrific crime. We now have the chance to help Mr. Kadare’s wife and children during this terrible and difficult time and give them one less thing to worry about,” said Ronnie Oved of Sephardic Bikur Holim.
One hundred percent of all proceeds collected will directly benefit the Kadare family. The fund is being administered by Sephardic Bikur Holim, which received Charity Navigator’s 3 star rating for exceeding the industry standard in sound fiscal management in 2012. To contribute to the fund please make a check out to “Sephardic Bikur Holim” with “Kadare Memorial Fund” in the memo and send it to their office at 425 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, New York 11223. Donations can also be made online by going to sbhonline.org and clicking on the link to contribute to the Kadare Memorial Fund.
In addition to establishing the memorial fund for the Kadare family, Greenfield teamed up with Sephardic Community Federation and offered $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for Mr. Kadare’s death. In the days since, the reward fund has grown to $22,000 through donations from the NYPD, Crime Stoppers and other elected officials including Senator Martin Golden. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS .