NEW YORK (VINnews) — Adopt-A-Kollel and Roth&Co employees launched a new initiative today to honor and memorialize a valued friend and team member. Malkie (Rosenberg) Weisz A”H was as an accountant at Roth & Co.’s Lakewood office until her recent tragic death in the collapse of the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida. “Malkie was an integral member of the Roth family and her sudden loss has left a large void. Her integrity, positivity, and can-do attitude were valued by her clients and treasured by her friends; her loss is deeply mourned” says Zevi Adler a Senior Associate at Roth&Co and a member of Malkie’s team.
“Roth&Co recently had a great simcha, but the simcha is overshadowed by this heartbreaking event,” notes Zacharia Waxler, Managing partner at Roth&Co. He was referring to the company’s recent move into their new, state of the art Lakewood office facility. The move was made this past week, but Malkie’s empty desk remains the missing piece of the transfer. “It has completely and justifiably dampened the excitement of our big move” says Zacharia.
As a response to the loss, Malkie’s teammates looked to find a fitting way to remember their friend and provide an aliyah for this special couple. Roth&Co stepped up and undertook to match any funds raised for the purpose. Together, they targeted a tzedakah that would offer an honorable tribute and make a definitive impact on the Jewish community. In partnership with the Adopt-A-Kollel Program, Malkie’s teammates chose to join forces with the Kollel Bais Medrash Taharos in Yerushalayim.
Kollel Bais Medrash Taharos, was established in the memory of HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, and is led by Rav Moshe Shapira. The 196 Talmidei Chachomim of the Kollel live sparingly and devote their lives to the study of Seder Taharos b’iyun – a rare and unique choice. The Kollel’s concentration on this Mesechta was lauded by Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit”a, who described the seder as a “Meis Mitzva”. This makes it all the more appropriate a choice to commemorate the lives of Malka bas Chaim and her learned husband, R’ Yisrael Tzvi Yosef ben Moshe Chanoch Henoch, Zichronom Levracha – who built their short lives exclusively around Torah values.
“By officially taking on part of the monthly budget, we will be supporting the Kollel in a meaningful and committed fashion. This will be a most appropriate and perpetual memorial for Benny and Malky A”H,” said Hershy Donath, a Lakewood-based partner at Roth & Co. “Through our relationship with the Kollel, Torah will be learned in Malkie and Benny’s zechus every single day.”
Yehi Zichram Baruch