Mr Sinai (Sehua) Kantor, 34, from Vitebsk, Russia (modern-day Belarus), boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a second class passenger together with his wife Miriam. To reach their destination in New York, they bought their second class ticket number 244367 for £26.
Already both university graduates it is believed that Sinai intended to study medicine and his wife dentistry. It is thought he may have been going to study at Hospital for Joint Diseases on Madison Avenue, only a ten-minute walk from their intended home at 1735 Madison Avenue. Titanic survivor Henry Frauenthal worked at the same hospital. In the meantime Kantor had a business importing several furs intended for sale on commission.
The couple were probably travelling with Israel Nesson.
NO. 283. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 36. VERY FAIR HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Grey and green suit; green overcoat; blue shirt; check front marked "F"; black boots; "C" on singlet.
EFFECTS - Pocket telescope; silver watch; Pocketbook with foreign notes; letter case; empty purse; purse; £1 10s. in gold; ten shillings in silver and other coins.
NAME - S. KANTO.
Mr Kantor died in the sinking. His body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#283).
His body was forwarded to 1735 Madison Ave. New York, care of Spieler. He was buried at Mount Zion Cemetery, Queens, New York, USA
No. 228. (Russian). The husband, about thirty years of age, was drowned. He was travelling with his wife, who was saved. He had been a commission merchant, earning about $2,500 a year, and was bringing to this country several trunks of valuable furs which he had expected to sell here. Both he and his wife were university graduates. He was ambitious to study medicine and planned [to] take night courses after he should get his business established in New York. His wife expected to continue to study dentistry. She is unwilling to return to Russia, where she would be helpless to earn her living. She lives with cousins in New York City. After she learns the language, she will carry out her intention of learning and practising dentistry. She can live on $50 a month while pursuing her studies, and the appropriation of this Committee is intended to cover her tuition and school fees and living expenses for the period of four years, at the end of which time she expects to be self-supporting. The money has been placed in charge of the Council of Jewish Women, who will keep supervision of her plans. Her husband helped to support his father and mother who live in Russia, and their circumstances were reported to the English Committee, which made an appropriation of £100. From other relief sources the widow received $809.98. — The Emergency and Relief booklet by the American Red Cross, 1913.
Number P. 64. Kantor. Widow and father received a grant of £100.
Insurance claim C64. Life $50,000. Property $2,200 filed by his wife. Annual income $2,500. — Mansion House Titanic Relief Fund Booklet, March 1913
A distinctive silver pocket watch recovered from Sinai's body was marked with Hebrew letters and embossed on the rear with a design showing Moses receiving the Ten Commandments. The watch was sold at auction in 2018 for $57,500.