Leiby Kletzky’s Father Speaks Out About Son, Memorial Fund

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Leiby Kletzky‘s father Nachman is leading a shattered family and making sure his murdered son’s legacy is to inspire the best in people.

Rabbi Nachman Kletzky appeared on WMCA radio Saturday night making his first public comments since his 8-year-old son’s funeral. He expressed gratitude for the support his family has received since Leiby’s killing.

“If you want to help Lieby to help also help others,” he said.

The goal is to raise at least $1 million to help families in crisis, victims of violence and other hardships.

“A lot of people could use it for a lot of medical stuff,” he explained on the radio.

Rabbi Kletzky is channeling grief over his son’s abduction and murder into action on funds and new programs to keep kids safe, including government-sponsored I.D. cards for children, to have accurate identifying information on file for parents and law enforcement.

“It allows them to get a leg up on conducting a thorough investigation,” said Senator Eric Brown.

There’s also a citywide safe haven program to pre-approve, with background checks, trusted community members. Their businesses and homes would be marked with signs to let children know it’s okay to go there if lost, followed or bullied.

“So they won’t have to ask a stranger on the street,” said resident Susan Hirschel of Borough Park.

As these measures move forward, people from all over the world are clicking on LeibyKletzkyMemorialFund.com and helping.

Rabbi Kletzky said any good deed done in Leiby’s name is the very best way to honor his boy.

“Whoever knew him as a kid, he always had in mind everybody else, so I’m doing it just for him. And this is the right place to go,” he said.

For more information about the memorial fund, click here. Rabbi Kletzky says his goal is to raise at least $1 million.

Sound off in our comments section below…

  • kally38

    I feel it’s important to concentrate on the issue here…the heart wrenching tragedy of a CHILD caught in a predator’s web and what WE can do to make sure these disgusting acts of violence by the sick people in our world STOPS! I will hold Leiby and his family in my heart forever, a heart that has been broken in two over this overwhelming loss, a child taken by the lowest form of “life” existing in our world. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to the part of me that feels this disgusting “person” should suffer the same fate that he bestowed up this innocent child. And PLEASE stop adding to the parent’s grief by putting any blame on them! Can you even IMAGINE their pain?!? I know I can’t!

  • Diesel

    A lot of Orthodox Jews are rabbis but don’t practice it as their profession. It’s sort of like a Ph.D. making his living driving a taxi because there are no jobs in his field. He still should be addressed and referred to as “Doctor.”

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    • kally38

      You Gross-a

    • PMM

      You could not be more WRONG.
      The Kletzkys will not be getting a penny from this fund.
      It is 100% to benefit others and to memorialize their son.

    • sandra



      can;t wait for your reply back to me,,,,,

      • sandra

        this comment is for the idiot that posted about financial gain

  • doe74

    Mendel…Thanks for the clarification regarding the rabbi comment . I’m a former resident of Borough Park – not Jewish – and the family owned a home from 1929 to early 1990’s. That neighborhood is probably one of the safest in the country. And, no one but no one should blaming or second-guessing the parents. They showed him ahead of time but he took a wrong turn. How can anyone add to their grief and sorrow. I am so, so sorry and heartsick. Blessings to the family and to your community.

  • Sarah

    Why all the nitpicking about the title?

  • Rabbi?

    Rabbi????? The media had never once before reported him being a Rabbi? Why now?

    Will they accept any donations from anyone?

    • N

      I don’t know why it should matter if the media reported him as being a rabbi before now. In the Chassidic world most men are qualified rabbis which does not mean they all have a congregation – as is the case here.
      Of course they’ll take any donations from anyone. They want to bring more light and goodness inot he world and donations from anyone who will help will be very welcome.

      • Rodin


      • itscok

        on him we can say he is rabbi

      • Mendel

        “In the Chassidic world most men are qualified rabbis ”

        Not the case at all, I’m Hasidic, and far from being qualified as a Rabbi, that’s a common misunderstood things about ultra-orthodox Jewish people in the outside world. It’s sometimes laughable when the media titles certain ultra-orthodox people as a Rabbi.

        Don’t get me wrong Mr. Kletzky is a very special pious Jew, but why Rabbi? Is every devout Christian a priest?

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