There will be a graveside service for Ivy Steinmetz at 1pm this Tuesday, Dec. 29 (Mountain View Cemetery). Following the burial service, the family will be receiving visitors.

Ivy Steinmetz, z”l – Update

A memorial service was held for Ivy Steinmetz back east at the end of last week, and the family has decided to bury her in Boulder.  There will be a graveside service at 1pm this Tuesday at Mountain View Cemetery, 3016 Kalmia Ave. Following the burial service, the family will be receiving visitors at Barbara and Howard Steinmetz’s home, 2920 Island Dr., Boulder.

There will be two nights of shiva minyanim at the same address at 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday with ma’ariv and an opportunity for those who were at the service in New Jersey, held at the end of last week, to share memories of Ivy.

We continue to offer our prayers of love and support for the all of Ivy’s family at this very sad and painful time. Hamakom y’nachem – May God grant comfort and strength to all of the mourners and alah hashalom – peace on Ivy’s soul.

Blessings, Rabbi Marc

Originally posted December 24, 2009:

Ivy Steinmetz Tansman, daughter of Barbara and Howard Steinmetz and sister of Julie Shaffer, passed away Wednesday morning in New Jersey.  Barbara is there and Julie and her family are on their way. The arrangements are not yet finalized and we will keep you informed as we get more information.

Alah hashalom, peace on Ivy’s soul, Sarah bat Haim v’Batya. Strength and comfort to Ivy’s husband Willy Tansman, son Eden, parents, sisters and all the extended family in their mourning of this very sad and premature loss.

Baruch dayan haemet.

About Rabbi Marc Soloway

Marc is a native of London, England where he was an actor and practitioner of complimentary medicine before training as a rabbi in London, Jerusalem and Los Angeles. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinical Studies at the American Jewish University in 2004 and has been the the spiritual leader at Bonai Shalom in Boulder ever since. Marc was a close student of Rabbi Zalman Schechter Shalomi and received an additional smicha (rabbinic ordination) from him in 2014, just two months before he died. He has been the host and narrator of two documentary films shown on PBS; A Fire in the Forest: In Search of the Baal Shem Tov and Treasure under the Bridge: Pilgrimage to the Hasidic Masters of Ukraine. Marc is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality, a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders, has traveled to Ghana in a rabbinic delegation with American Jewish World Service and co-chair of the Rabbinical Council and national board member of Hazon, which strives to create more sustainable Jewish communities. In 2015, Marc was among a group of 12 faith leaders honored at The White House as “Champions of Change” for work on the climate. Marc is a proud member of Beit Izim, Boulder’s Jewish goat milking co-op.

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  1. For the Stienmetz/Tansman family,

    The O'Brien family sends their condolences for the loss of Ivy, your beautiful wife, sister, and mother. May the memories of her uniqueness, her grace, her beauty and the ways that she loved you carry each one of you through your grief. The image we will remember is the Ivy of our youth, vital and enduring. God bless, Josie

  2. The world has lost a beautiful soul. Ivy was a dear, dear person truly loved by all who were fortunate to know her. May her family find comfort and strength among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may Ivy's name forever be a blessing.

    Our love to Barb, Howard, and their loving family.

    -Brad and Robin Axelrod

  3. Michelle Hurd Riddic

    Rabbi Marc, Please embrace Barb and Howard for me. Please tell them how very sorry I am for their loss and pain and how sorry I am for never having known Ivy. Knowing Barb and Howard the world surely is less birght with the passing of one of their own. I shall light a candle both nights and join the family in spirit and friendship.

    Michelle Hurd Riddick

    Saginaw MI

  4. Dedicated to Ivy Tansman, of blessed memory,sister of Julie Shaffer and daughter of Barb and Howard Steinmetz.

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    Community gardens and mountain graves-

    My favorite spots for autumn strolls,

    circling clods of life and death,

    colliding contradictions

    beneath billowing clouds.

    Gardens and graves,

    underground caves to a freedom

    just beyond earthbound speed bumps.

    Gardens and graves-

    unencumbered by jealous eyes,

    ready to rupture virgin soil.

    I love the shape, the placid curve

    of these furrows-

    pillows filled with magic,

    fevered agitation

    below immobile ground.

    Gardens and graves-

    grassy brows concealing fertile soul.

    Mr. Motto plays poker in a smoke-filled room,

    stakes too deep and plots too thick to guess

    what teems beneath the surface.

    Under similar slices of wondering bread

    are we not all distinctive, fidgety fillings,

    oozing relentlessly from rigid edges?

    Gardens and graves-

    Below slumbering lids,

    a tranquil eye belies volcanic dreams.

    We all drift off in our private rooms

    with our forms still prone to fluttering.

    We are after all snow angels oscillating

    Between these mirrored mounds.

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