As a young man, Velvel Schildkraut was a student at Yeshiva Torah Voda’ath. At the age of seventeen he began to study Chassidus with Rabbi Ziskind in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He was enamored by Chabad, and later continued his studies in 770.
In 1944 the Previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Y. Schneersohn sent Zev as a bochur to New Haven, Connecticut, to open a Yeshiva . He got married and remained there until 1960.
Every year, Zev would come to spend for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at 770 with the Rebbe. In 1957, when he was unable to come for the High Holidays, he approached the Rebbe’s Sukkah on Hoshana Raba asking for Lekach (honey cake) which he hadn’t received on the eve of Yom Kippur. From then on the Rebbe distributed Lekach on both the eve of Yom Kippur and Hoshana Raba.
Today, many of Zev’s children and grandchildren serve as Shluchim across the world.