“You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself” (Leviticus 19:18)

Harvey Selenow

Obituary

Harvey Steven Selenow was born on April 17, 1943, in The Bronx, NY to Irving and Bessie Selenow.

His brother Richard was born in 1951, at which point their family “fought [their] way out of The Bronx” and moved to Bayside, Queens.

Harvey attended C.W. Post College in Long Island, NY. He met Kari, the love of his life, in 1975 at his Uncle Jack’s restaurant, Grass, in Lower Manhattan. They lost touch (a funny story) and reunited (an even funnier story) in 1977.

Harvey and Kari married on January 16, 1982, in the home of their dear friends Jeff and Bonnie Schaffer. There was a fire in the kitchen on the day of the wedding, which Harvey watched, unphased, as he snacked.

In 1983, their daughter Deena was born and a few years later they moved to Bedford Hills, NY which was their home for 30 years.

Harvey and Kari loved being married so much that they renewed their vows in 2007. Rabbi David Greenberg presided, and Alexis Myones and Jeffrey Schaeffer were the Friends-of-Honor.

Harvey loved life. He loved his family, and friends, riding his motorcycle, driving his red Corvette, riding horses, playing tennis, swimming in the ocean, sunbathing, boxing, vanilla ice cream, and, in his grandson’s words, “playing tricks.” Most of all, more than anyone has ever loved anyone or anything in the entire world, he loved Kari.

He is survived by his wife Kari, brother Richard, daughter Deena, son-in-law Vincent, grandson Zev, and best friends Ivon (also a cousin), Jeff, and Barry.

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