Leiby Kletzky’s Family Creates Website To Raise Money For Needy Children And Families

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – As they struggle to cope with the murder and dismemberment of their 8-year-old son, the family of Leiby Kletzky is trying to find a way to have some good come out of the horror.

They’ve set up a website – the Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund – with a goal of raising $1 million for needy families.

According to the website, the fund will help orphans cope with tragedy, help needy families feed their kids, help kids falling behind in school, help purchase clothes for kids and more.

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The site features a rotating series of pictures of Leiby, depicting him as a toddler on the beach, wearing a fireman’s cap and many others.

“Leiby can never smile sweetly to anyone anymore,” the website reads. “Leiby can never grow up and marry.”

According to the site, the 5013c organization is tax-exempt and non-profit. It will be administered by Leiby’s parents Nachman and Esther Kletzky and their Rabbi, Binyomin Eisenberger.

The site also includes a “Scroll of Condolences” in which users can offer their thoughts on Leiby’s murder.

Early Thursday, the site had raised nearly $46,000 in pledges.

Wednesday, 35-year-old Levi Aron was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the case, along with first-degree kidnapping. Aron faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

The Medical Examiner said Leiby was drugged and smothered before being dismembered.

For more information about the fund, check out its website here.

  • sk

    i don’t know why some people always need to look for an arguenment! the family wants to start a charity to help other needy familes in memeory of their son. What a great way to honor somoen’s death? the family is trying to find soemthing good/positive that they can take from dealing with this tragedy. its sounds like a wonderful thing. and if other groups want to give charities for their communities that great also! most ethnic groups DO support their own and there is nothing wrong with that! actually, there are many Jews who care more about helping other people than their own, and you know what? they never got anything in return. they are not respected more. so I think this Fund should be seen as an admiration by all people, not soemthing to argue about. butr then again, from reading certain comments it seems like soem people jsut look foward to arguing no matter what we are talking about. they don’t even care that a boy was killed period!

    • IgnoranteElephante

      Here’s the difference.

      Start a fund that funnels into a random charity for American children or for crime prevention in American communities and I am all for it. Maybe donations to the boy and girl scouts, little league sports, or the Police Athletic League or to America’s Most Wanted.

      Start a charity to encourage ALL to contribute to ONE exclusive group in the name of a poor boy who met a horrific fate, then I say no way. That’s coffin riding.

      I noticed this same thing occurred when the Jewish Girl from Westchester, Lauren Spierer, went missing. Donations were asked to be sent to the Bloomington University Hillel See the website here: http://www.findlauren.com/
      Note the part that says “Any unused funds will be used in Lauren’s Honor.”

      The Hillel is a discriminatory Jewish only student group.

      • sk

        ok so you don’t have to give money for this boy. the family is starting a fund, its optional thing the public does NOT HAVE to GIVE. so what if people give money for a jewish cause? there also catholic charity organizations and i think that totally fine. So what is your problem with supporting jewish organizations? Besdies many Crime Prevention/local communities; where do you think MOST of that money is going to anyway? its basically going to minority groups which is also discriminatory? so why don’t you argue over that? again, you make arguemnts out of NOTHING! the family started the Fund a way to help them cope with the tragedy. thsi is how they want to honor their son’s death! you just sound like an angry person who looks for disputes b/c you have nothing better to do!

      • IgnoranteElephante

        I don’t like the “let’s use a dead kid” to raise money for us” attitude. The charity benefits Jews and has little to do with the murdered boy. If you want to raise money for Jewish groups, then say “The parents wish that any donations be made to XYZ Jewish charity.” This way the donors know they are helping the Jewish people and not the family of the kid.

        I agree. I am tired of having my tax money swindled away to causes that do not benefit me. Although I was born and raised in New York City, I will ever benefit from the myriad of “inner city” programs. They weren’t designed with me in mind, even though my struggle was certainly that of any other “inner city” person. After Israel, the special interests, and the social programs are done getting my tax dollars very little is left to fund the things that I really need.

    • Rodin

      Let them start paying taxes and stop living off of what little fat be left in the land.

  • IgnoranteElephante

    Two interesting articles in the Daily News today. First an automobile expert detective cracked the case, not some kangaroo amateur detective.

    Second, they think he did cross state lines and are looking to go federal for the death penalty, but the federal government is not inclined because they feel he will be found insane. That was an IgnoranteElephante suggestion at the onset.

    I doubt the validity of the fed’s claim that it is because of his mental condition. Just about every death penalty case where there is strong evidence comes down to an insanity claim.

    • Rodin

      I would think they’d have a Federal case of Kidnapping. Correct me if I’m wrong. You’re the lawyer (I think). I’m just a humanist kinda guy. I only know of Dogs, gods, Lit and Art (and not a whole lot).

    • IgnoranteElephante

      I am a lawyer. A very surface level treatment of federal jurisdiction is as follows. The federal constitution limits the federal government do doing only which is explicitly authorized therein or necessary and proper to effectuate one of those explicit grants of power. On the other hand, states can generally make laws as they please unless those laws violate the federal or state constitution.
      One of those explicit federal powers in the constitution is to regulate interstate commerce. Thus, while there are other bases for a great many federal laws, the interstate commerce clause is one of the most popular. It is what has given us everything from an Interstate Highway System to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Most Federal Crimes, for example wire fraud, are founded upon it effecting interstate commerce. The federal kidnapping statute found below requires interstate abduction although it could be presumed based on disappearance for more than 24 hours (a presumption would just be read to the jury that they could, but do not have to, presume the kid was in interstate commerce if they find he was gone for more than 24 hours) http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00001201—-000-.html
      Thus, theoretically, you could have the kidnapping without leaving the state, but the stronger case is to affirmatively prove he was out of state (via his own admission or toll records). In my opinion, the presumption is unconstitutional.
      Note all the other grounds for federal kidnapping in the statute. They all involve areas of the constitution where the federal government was explicitly granted power to regulate.

      • Rodin


        My wife’s begging me to take a break. I’m old, you see, too old to die young*. I think I will. A beer is best in this kind of heat. I forgot. I have a fascination for Libation (and gastronomy in general), another area of mild expertise..


        * This realization, together with the epiphany of god’s non-existance, have indeed led to my rapture.

  • IgnoranteElephante

    I am more concerned with the deletion of Bubbys’ and my exchange concerning the future trial of this miscreant. Bubbys actually said since both the perpetrator and victim were Jewish the Talmud would make the death penalty very difficult.

    Needless to say, this set me off. Be it the thought that religious law trumps the law of the land or the obvious preference to Jewish criminals in the Talmud, I was appalled. Her comment essentially proved the points that I have been making about a community that feels its law trumps the secular law. I responded in two comments, none of which were insulting, threatening, or bigoted, and CBS pulled them. I question why CBS, a media outlet with a federal license, would engaging such censorship of protected speech, but I guess I !already know the answer.

  • Baffled by Stupidity

    Tomy, it seems to me either you are an extremely cruel, insensitive, unsympathetic human for placing blame of a senseless act of violence on innocent parents and have no children yourself, OR you are a helicopter parent who coddles your children and allows them no freedoms and live in a constant state of paranoia, which experts will tell you is dangerous and irresponsible. But in the real world of responsible parenthood it is extremely reasonable to let a child who is 8 almost 9 years old walk 7 blocks home from school or camp in daylight in a neighborhood that has proven to be safe. Even Doctors and psychologists would tell you 8 years old is an appropriate age to allow more freedoms. Seems to me you could benefit from a sociology class, a book on parenting, a healthy dose of humility, and a course in human kindness.

    • Rodin

      Tomy seems to have left us. Too bad, I would have loved to read his comment.

  • mak

    Is this fund only for Jewish recipients?

    • IgnoranteElephante

      Or kidnap and dismember innocent little boys … Oops, oh wait, I take that back.

    • Bklyn mom

      At least they don’t rob banks or kill to get drugs! They are a community that helps each other. Besides, no one said that the charity set up by Kletzkys is going to benefit only Jewish people.

    • Rodin

      That anyone can figure thanks to the shomrim and their rabbinical courts.

      Wanna bet? Who are they going to benefit, Catholic Charities? You’re all in denial, in defense mode.

      They’re leaches sucking off of welfare programs without as much as paying taxes.

    • Rodin

      Watch it, IE, or you’ll never be able to leave your bunker.

  • me

    Oh, it’s all hyprocritical BS. Go buy a new TV in one of “those” electronics stores and if you have a certain “look” you may be asked if you prefer to have it deleivered in an air conditioner box–full warranty of course, but more “discreet” when you discard the packaging.

  • AThought

    I don’t mean to digress, but why is viewing the Web O.K., for observant Orthodox, but viewing television is a no-no?

    • Jerry

      Most very religious Jews don’t use the Internet, either.

    • moe

      I wondered that too. There’s a lot more garbage on the internet than there is on regular TV.

      • IgnoranteElephante

        Business? Never let a religious constraint get in the way of the mighty dollar. Good radiance, Bubbys.

      • moe

        Why are you guys giving Bubbys such a hard time? (S)he has been nothing but respectful in the replies, even if he/she doesn’t agree with the person.

        Communication and understanding is a two-way street. Verbally beating up bystanders doesn’t work.

      • Bubbys

        Actually, you are right, Chassidic or Orthodox people who don’t have TV’s generally avoid the internet as well. However, it is hard to avoid it because so many people need it for business and other kinds of communication.
        Personally, I am sorry that I broke my policy of only using the internet for e-mail, because I came to this site and read all the garbage by so many of the commenters on the comment boards.
        Message to myself: Get off the internet! Good bye.

      • Rodin

        Beware what you get yourself into. Bubbys, IE and I go back several articles. Like I was taught in grade school: “Before you cross the street, use your eyes, use your ears and THEN use your feet [and run like hell … the OTHER WAY.]

      • Rodin

        @ Boobbys

        You referring to your own, I presume. Quitter, you shouldn’t have been on to begin with. Denials ≠ arguments.

        “There are those who confuse discourse with vomit.”

        American author, journalist and misanthrope;
        royalist; conservative lesbian feminist
        (b. 1936)
        From “With Charity Towards None – a fond look at misanthropy”

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