In Memoriam: Allan Eisenkraft

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the passing of longtime Westchester commercial real estate owner and developer Allan Eisenkraft on Aug. 5, 2022, at the age of 86 in Ridgewood, NJ. Eisenkraft was a longtime member of the association’s Commercial Investment Division and was a staple at CID meetings for years.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Estelle (Ashkenas) Eisenkraft, three beautiful daughters, Sharon Rappaport, Meryl Post (Jeff), and Debbie Rolan (Marc), grandchildren Brian (Gaia) and Josh (Marisa) Rappaport, Riley and Zach Post, Maya and Cooper Rolan, and great-granddaughter Nava Rappaport. He was born on Jan. 2, 1936, in New York, NY, to Irving and Leona (Taub). He grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Baruch College (CCNY) with a degree in business. He met Estelle in the Catskills and married soon afterward in 1962. They lived together in the Bronx and moved to Nanuet, NY to raise their family. Eisenkraft worked as a real estate owner and developer in Westchester, NY, predominantly in Yonkers, for more than 50 years, serving on the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and Westchester County Society of Real Estate Appraisers boards. He and his family were active members of the Nanuet Hebrew Center (currently known as Congregation Shir Shalom). He served as the Men’s Club president and organized and moderated the political candidate’s debates for many years.

A philanthropist at heart, he supported many other organizations that had special meaning to him, including Jawonio, Hadassah, Camp Ramah, B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO), and was an active board member of the City College of New York (CCNY) Alumni Association. His involvement in the Jewish community led him to want to create a Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Rockland County. For more than 40 years, he worked tirelessly to plan and fundraise, becoming a founding member of the JCC Rockland. He served as its president and executive board member for many years. When he wasn’t working or fundraising, Eisenkraft spent his precious free time with his family, his biggest joy in life. He played ping-pong, basketball, and tennis with his daughters, traveled the world with his wife, and, more recently, played gin rummy with his grandchildren. A beloved husband, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he and his love of life will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held on Aug. 7, 2022, at Congregation Shir Shalom (formerly Nanuet Hebrew Center), 411 South Little Tor Road, New City, NY. Interment followed at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made to: JCC Rockland, Congregation Shir Shalom, Jawonio, Inc., or Jewish Home at Rockleigh. Hellman Memorial Chapels 15 State Street Spring Valley, NY 10977 (845)356-8600 Jewish Funeral Directors

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