As previously reported on VIN News, Zisha Rosenblum, one of several dozen volunteers with the Tantzers group who drove to Monsey to entertain sick children, was seriously injured after the driver of the minivan he was traveling in swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway on November 3rd.
The 32 year old Rosenblum lost one arm in the accident and remains in a medically induced coma.
Steven, the Cellular 4 Less employee who came up with the idea to collect money for Rosenblum, said that the Tantzers volunteer would often stop into the store just to say hello and spread his trademark good cheer.
The 39 year old Park Slope resident declined to share his last name, insisting that he wants to keep his efforts focused on Rosenblum.
“Zishe is such a special guy and he needs all the help he can get,” Steven told VIN News. “This is all about him and his family.”
Fellow employees at Cellular 4 Less joined Steven in his efforts and they put out a plain cardboard box for customer donations, with a goal of collecting $10,000 for the Rosenblum family.
A hand lettered sign taped to the box next to a photo of the Tantzers with Rosenblum’s picture circled included a written plea for financial assistance and the please “Help a goy reach his Goal to help a Yid.”
The campaign has been going so well that employees at Cellular 4 Less hope to be able to set a new fundraising goal of $20,000 to be able to help Rosenblum who was a frequent to the 13th Avenue store.
“I spent an hour with him a few days before the accident and we just talked,” said Steven. “He is an amazing, good-hearted, special but powerful person.”
Rosenblum has been a member of Tantzers since it was founded over four years ago to bring joy to those who were enduring difficult circumstances. It has grown to number 250 volunteers in Brooklyn and Monsey and its members also do hospital and prison visits. A women’s group with 200 members does most of their work entertaining women at weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Over the last two years, Tantzers has begun doing parties for sick children. Rosenblum has been heavily involved in those parties.
“I get a guy who has a big house who lets us come in and I bring in maybe eight or ten families with sick kids to the house,” said Zelig Friedman, head of the group. “I bring in between 40 and 50 volunteers to dance, sing, put on shows or have a kumzitz. The families have such a good time.”
Friedman said that the November 3rd party was just the second one he had done in Monsey.
“I was the one making the phone calls but Zisha coordinated the rest,” said Friedman. “Without him I was nothing. He and his brother are really the ones who are making this happen.”
Friedman said that Rosenblum, a father of four, lives a life that is totally dedicated to helping others.
“Every day in the morning he has been bringing food to Maimonides, making sure the hospitality room is full and the food is fresh, plus every single night he is out doing chesed,” said Friedman. “Every Friday night he would go to the hospital to daven and he would give out food to sick patients. He would also make parlor meetings for RCCS during the year. His life is all about chesed.”
To contribute to the Rosenblum family visit Cellular 4 Less at 5308 13th Avenue in Borough Park or online at https://thechesedfund.com/cause/who-helps-the-helpers