Heshi Kuhnreich was born and raised in Toronto to holocaust survivors. His father, Mr. Moshe Kuhnreich O”H, and YB”L his mother Mrs. Chana Kuhnreich, are first-hand witnesses to the destruction that took place in Europe. They came to Toronto in 1952 to begin life anew.
After attending elementary in both Eitz Chaim and Yesodei Hatorah, Heshi graduated high school at the Yeshiva of South Fallsburg. He then attended Yeshiva Bais Moshe in Scranton, Pennsylvania where he developed a strong connection to the Roshei Yeshiva which continues until this very day.
After his marriage to Bayla (Richler), they set up shop in Toronto where they began to plant the seed of continuing the Kuhnreich tradition of Torah and Yiras Shomayim. Heshi and Bayla quickly began a life that consisted of two concurrent businesses, one in telecommunications, and the other in Kiruv Rechokim. Heshi was very instrumental (pun intended) in the beginnings of two very popular kiruv minyanim, Ohr Sameyach JEP, and The Village Shul.
It was in 1996, shortly after Heshi’s father was niftar, that he received a phone call from Shuie Skaist and Josh Kuhl about getting a Hatzoloh organization up and running in Toronto. Well, the rest as they say, is history.
His wife Bayla, has not only been a dispatcher from the very beginning, but has been the dispatch coordinator for many years and has also provided the support to allow Heshi to continue to be active in Hatzoloh. Their children have all been raised in an environment of commitment to being available at a moment’s notice to help a fellow Jew.
Heshi continues to keep very busy with various Kiruv opportunities, teaching in numerous schools and helping the Toronto community at large by still responding to Hatzoloh calls.
When asked, what is the greatest lesson of Hatzoloh, Heshi replies, “מי כעמך ישראל”.