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Ida Schwarz z”l

star-of-davidIda Schwarz, Doris Small’s sister, died in her sleep last night at home here in Colorado.  Ida was 92 years old and, in Doris’s words, was more like a mother than a sister to Doris through those terrible years in Germany and England.  Ida was born in Berlin on May 10th 1921 and is survived by two daughters Helen and Marjorie, two grand children Rachel and Daniel, her niece Miriam and family and, of course, her beloved sister Doris.

There will be a graveside funeral at 1 pm Thursday at Mountain View Cemetery on Kalmia Avenue.

There will be very few family members there and it would be wonderful to have some support from the community for Doris and to make sure that we have a minyan.  I do not think that there will be any formal shiva, but I think it would be very comforting to Doris to have people arrange to visit her and be with her in the coming days.

May Ida’s soul rest in peace and strength and comfort to Doris and all the other mourners.

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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