Over midwinter break, the Cedarhurst home of Aviva and Mordy Goldfeder was burned to the ground. Baruch Hashem, they were in Florida at the time. But for a family with three children–a 15-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy, and a 6-month-old girl–losing all material possessions is hard to come back from.
Thankfully, the Goldfeders are well-loved in the community. Mordy Goldfeder is Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s brother. In addition, Bais Medrash of Cedarhurst, Yeshiva of South Shore, Shulamith, and Achiezer have all been helping the family out.
A good friend of the family, Chana Braverman, was one of the first to step in and begin collecting clothes and other necessities for the family. Chana explains, “Right now we are trying to raise funds for them to help them buy all new clothes and other things when they rent a house as well as when they rebuild! We are trying to get their lives back to as normal as possible.” Chana regretfully adds that the Goldfeders especially miss the irreplaceable items. “The pictures, for Aviva, were the worst that she lost.”
There are a number of ways the community can step in to help.
To contribute money, visit Achiezer.org, click on “donate” and in the memo box, type “Goldfeder Fire.”
A registry will be set up at Bed Bath and Beyond under the names “Aviva and Mordy Goldfeder.” A purchase can be made for them, and it will be shipped and held for them until they will be able to use it.
Gift cards are welcome to stores such as Target, Judaica Plus, Old Navy/Gap, or any store or restaurant on Central Avenue, keeping in mind that the Goldfeders need to replace everything! Gift cards can be dropped off in the mailbox at 347 West Broadway. Please use this address only for gift cards and not actual items.
If you would like to donate new or gently used items, please e-mail Esthergoldfeder@gmail.com before doing so.
Rabbi Avraham Robinson at Yeshiva of South Shore will be coordinating a “replacement project” for the Goldfeder children. A comprehensive list will be composed of articles the children lost in the fire. Anyone who wishes to donate those items or towards those items should contact Rabbi Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.