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Rita Pivan, z”l

Rita Pivan, mother of Jan Sturgeon of Boulder, passed away last night in Chicago. She was 85 years old and is survived by three children, Jan, Mark and Lynn. Rita was a long term member of North Shore Congregation in Chicago where her grandfather was a founding member, and she was very politically active, especially with the League of Women Voters.

Jan and Larry are flying to Chicago today for a service and two days of shiva in Chicago and will be returning to complete the shiva in Boulder.

There will be two evenings of shiva on Sunday and Monday of next week at 7:30 pm at the Sturgeon’s home (contact Bonai Shalom for address).

The family has requested that in lieu of any flowers, contributions of Tzedakah can be made, according to Rita’s wishes, to the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Alah hashalom, peace on Rita’s (Rivkah’s) soul and strength and comfort to Jan and her family.

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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