Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Gil Hersh z”l

Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Gil Hersh z”l

star-of-davidGilbert Hersh (Gershon Natan ben Aharon David v’Bayla Rochel), father of Jessica, Orly, Eliza, Aaron, Eve and James and others for whom he was a surrogate father; grandfather of Lila and Sarah Crank, Rafi and Sophia McPhee, Oliver and Mae Goldman and Devon and Derek Faseag. Gil.passed away peacefully on Shabbat morning at 10:40am California time, just as Charna finished her dvar torah at Bonai taught in his honor. Gil was visiting his California family when he suffered a large stroke from which he could not recover. Several family members were with him in his last moments.

Leaving the world on Shabbat is considered a great merit in the Jewish tradition!

Jessica described Gil saying, “he always, all his life, had the biggest lovingest heart.” He was a member of at least three different shuls, including Bonai and Pardes Levavot.
Shiva will take place at Jessica’s home in Erie (the Bonai office can give you the address). Here is the schedule for shiva visiting and service times:

Monday 6:00 pm – short service, after which family members and guests are welcome to share reflections on Gil
Tuesday 12:00 – 8:00 pm – time to visit the family
Tuesday 6:00 pm – short services with reflections
Wednesday 6:00 pm – short services with reflections
Thursday evening – shiva at the Har Shalom Synagogue in Fort Collins

The family requests that food brought to shiva be kosher-style (though need not be from a kosher kitchen).

Donations in Gil’s honor can be made to American Jewish World Service or Larimer County Food Bank.

Hamakom y’nachem – blessings of strength and comfort to Gil’s large and loving family. who will miss him so much.

Peace on the neshama of Gershon Natan. May his memory always be a blessing.

Rabbi Marc and Rabbinic Intern Hannah

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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