Abraham Kamber (b. 11/15/1892 - d. 10/3/1977), convinced his mother to let him leave Russia and emmigrate to America at the age of 13 in 1906. She insisted that his older brother, Dave, join him, and his younger brother, Harry follwed later. Abe saved his money as a young garment worker in Montreal, and then opened his own garment manufacturing business, Kamber Company, in New York City at the age of 21. His markets were New York, the Midwest through Dodge Clothes (Dave) and the Northeast though Kamber Clothes (Harry).
Just before World War II, he began investing in real estate by syndicating partnerships. He financed and purchased properties from WIlliam Zeckendorf, Sr., Sam Field and Victor Cohen. His business partners included among others, Sam Lemberg, Abner Rosen and Stuart Gould, who appointed Abe Chairman of the Board of Gould Investors Trust. He amassed a portfolio that included One and Two Park Avenue, the Astor and Manhattan Hotels, 80 Broad Street, 370 Lexington Avenue, the Hearst Building, the leasehold at 1407 Broadway, Blair House on 58th Street and the Pathe Building on 106th Street as well as the Sherman Hotel in Chicago, the Lewis Tower in Philadelphia, and the Farmer's Bank Building in Pittsburgh.
As a Philanthropist, he was a founder of United Jewish Appeal, also of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University and a major contributor to Brandeis University and the Weizmann Institute. In order to further his philanthropic goals, he established the Abraham Kamber Foundation which is active to this day.