Lee Kahn, 86, of West Orange died Nov. 4, 2014. Born in New York City and raised in North Bergen, he also had lived in Roseland.
After high school, Mr. Kahn went to work for his father at David Kahn & Sons, a salvage commodities business in Guttenberg.
In 1961, he and his wife, Gloria, along with his brother Bernie and his wife, Gladys, eager to build a strong Orthodox community in West Orange, gathered a small group of West Orange residents and formed B’nai David, named after their father. In 1966 it merged with Ahawas Achim B’nai Jacob to become Congregation Ahawas Achim B’nai Jacob and David. He was a past president and emeritus board member of AABJ&D, which grew to about 450 families.
Predeceased by his wife of 64 years and his son-in-law Steve, he is survived by two daughters, Meryl Levine of South Orange and Dale Kahn of West Orange; his son, Ric (Lillian) of Boston; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 6 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation AABJ&D or Daughters of Israel, West Orange.