Baruch Dayan Ha’emet: Marvin (Mel) Susskind z”l

star-of-davidMarvin (Mel) Susskind (Moshe ben Herschel v’ Sara), father of Howard Susskind, passed away on Shabbat, Saturday November 29 in Newburgh, NY.  He had a normal day last Monday the 24th, going out, calling family, and then suffered a large stroke at home later that evening from which he never regained consciousness.

Howard was with him in the hospital on Thanksgiving and Friday, and although he was not able to speak or open his eyes, he seemed to respond and be aware of the presence of family members.

Mel was very committed to education, spending literally his entire career teaching in the Newburgh public schools, and living right across the street from the school where he taught as a substitute teacher until very recently.

He will be buried near his parents in the Agudas Israel cemetery in Windsor, NY later this week.  The funeral is not set yet and we will keep you informed of any shiva minyanim in Boulder at the end of the week at Howard’s home.

Alav hashalom, peace on the soul of Moshe ben Herschel v’Sara.

Hamakom y’nachem et haaveilim – blessings of strength and comfort to Howard and all of Mel’s family

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. Howard will be home receiving shiva visits from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 3rd and there will be a maariv minyan at 7.30 pm. You can park in the Canyon Center lot across from Sherpa's or on the street. Contact Rabbi Soloway or the Bonai office for the address.