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Belle Weissman, z”l

Baruch dayan ha’emet. I am very sad to bring the news that Belle Weissman breathed her last breaths at about 4am today. Some of you know that she had been recently diagnosed with liver cancer and her illness progressed quickly. Belle suffered little in her last days and was at peace in the very loving care of her daughter Carol and hospice, and she died at home. Those of us who knew Belle are so blessed to have had her in our lives and we at Bonai Shalom are so grateful for all that she did for us in the sisterhood and beyond. Belle was a strong, tenacious and loving woman whose presence will be greatly missed. Belle will be buried in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in the community that her family helped to found and where many of them are buried too. We will keep you informed of any shiva services or memorials back in Boulder.

Alehah hashalom – Peace on Belle’s soul as she makes her transition. May she be protected and guided by angels on her journey.

Hamakom y’nachem – strength and comfort to Belle’s daughter Carol and all the family in their mourning.

Today is Rosh Hodesh Nissan – the new moon. It is a monthly holiday, which has a special connection to women and seems such an appropriate day in our calendar for Belle to leave the physical world. May her memory be a blessing.

Blessings,

Rabbi Marc

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. UPDATED INFO: To mark the last night of shiva next Wednesday (4/13), we are going to be honoring Belle's memory and offering comfort to her daughter Carol and the family, at Golden West, where Belle lived.

    This service and gathering will be at 6.30pm, Wednesday April 13th in the Pent House room at Golden West. I, along with the Bnei Mitzvah class and other Bonai members, will be leading our annual Passover Seder in the same room at 4pm that day. Belle was always a very important part of this program and it will be hard to have this event without her feisty presence.

    We have been working with Jewish Family Services and with Golden West to make this work and to honor the memory of this remarkable woman.

    We will need volunteers to help set up the room between the Seder and the shiva from 5.30pm, and then people willing to stay on afterwards to help clean up the space. We also invite you to bring appropriate food to share. Please look out for updates on how we will be coordinating the food.

    Peace on Belle's soul as she makes her transition and strength and comfort to Carol and the family.