Our History

Our History 2017-07-17T00:37:18+00:00

RABBI ZALMAN & REBBETZIN SHULA KAZEN served the Cleveland Jewish community for close to six decades. Their commitment and selflessness is legendary. While leading Congregation Zemach Zedek, they dedicated their time, effort and resources to help Jews regardless of affiliation. Hundreds of grateful families have fond memories of Rabbi and Rebbitzen Kazen.

Whatever the need, the Kazens rose to the challenge:

Rabbi Kazen, being a Shochet, helped provide for the material and spiritual needs of the holocaust survivors. Rebbetzin Kazen established Cholov Yisrael, Neshei Chabad, Mesibos Shabbos, and visited homes, encouraging new refugees to send their children to the Hebrew Academy.

Organized fundraising dinners for the Fallen Heroes of Israel & Kfar Chabad Vocational schools.

Established Chabad in Cleveland with their children for college students, which has expanded and flourished through their grandchildren.

Welcomed former USSR immigrants with free food and furniture, apartments and jobs, English Language and Jewish Heritage classes, and enrolled their children in the Hebrew Academy. Arranged festive holiday celebrations and life-cycle events for hundreds, including Brit Mila, Bar & BatMitzvah; weddings and funerals.

1990’s – 2010
Provided physical and spiritual nourishment to the Russian & Bucharian Jewish community and others, with Rabbi Kazen’s daily pickups for the Minyan & Torah studies and free Shabbat meals cooked and served by Rebbetzin Kazen. On Sundays, participants enjoyed free lunch during the Torah class and took home food packages from the Kosher Food Bank. For the homebound, food packages were delivered weekly.

The Kazens' legacy continues:

Over the last two years, the food bank expanded its activities at its new location at 2004 South Green Road, Cleveland Ohio 44121. In addition to the food packages, we continue to bring the joy of the Jewish holidays through celebrations and programs.

Now under the direction of their daughter Devorah Alevsky and managed by grandson Rabbi Yossi Freedman, the Kosher Food Pantry has now grown exponentially.

Before Rabbi Kazen’s passing, he designated his good friend Reb Mordechai Baron to say Kaddish each day with a minyan for beloved family members who’ve passed on. To have Kaddish recited, contact Devorah Alevsky at (216) 382-1878 or alevskyd@gmail.com.