Esther Konigsberg, z”l

Irene Rosenschein’s younger sister, Esther Konigsberg (Esther bat Yisroel v’Bluma Hendel) from the Bronx, New York, passed away February 1, 2012. Esther suffered a massive stroke a couple of weeks ago, from which she never recovered. She was 87 years old. The funeral was this afternoon in Queens. Esther is survived by her three loving sisters,Valerie, Haichu and Irene, her son, three daughters and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A family who are deeply connected and very strong in their Yiddishkeit.

Irene and her sisters were always known as the vier shwester, the four sisters, who all survived the Holocaust and remained together throughout the nightmare in the ghetto, three concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and a Displaced Persons’ camp; they were never separated during these unspeakable horrors. Until last night, all four sisters were still alive, and our hearts go out to Irene and the rest of the family on this very sad loss.

Irene will be sitting shiva from Sunday until Wednesday morning and the family have requested shiva calls only from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

There will be three shiva minyanim for ma’ariv on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm at Irene’s home.

Irene keeps a strictly Kosher home and has indicated to me that she is fine and does not want meals provided at this time, but people are encouraged to bring simple food like fruit and Kosher cake for the shiva home. Irene has specifically asked for nothing beyond this, but thanks everybody in advance for their love and support.

Shalom al nishmat Esther bat Yisroel v’Bluma Hendel – Peace on Esther’s soul. Hamakom y’nachem – May God grant comfort and strength to Irene along with all the other mourners of Israel.


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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