Baruch Dayan Ha’emet: Reeta Greenstein, z”l

Reeta Greenstein, Lisa Vall’s mother, passed away late on Wednesday night, December 20th, 2017, in Boston.  The funeral will take place in Great Neck, NY on Tuesday December 26, followed by two days of shiva at Reeta’s sister’s house in Manhasset. Lisa will be returning to Boulder on the evening of Dec 27th and will sit shiva in her home (3060 Pearl Parkway, Apt.306) through Friday.

Shiva calls and visits are welcome after 1:00 pm.  Look out for further details of any minyanim.

Peace on Reeta’s soul and blessing on her memory.  Strength and comfort to Lisa, her brother, her aunts and all the family.
Rabbi Marc

Here is what Lisa wrote about her mom:
Reeta Lita Greenstein was born on June 5, 1923 and grew up in the Bronx with her 3 sisters. The “svesters Klebanow”, as my cousins and I call them, spoke every day of their life to each other until just a few days prior to my mother’s passing.  Reeta danced when she was young, having studied with Martha Graham. After the war, she married her closest friend’s older brother and for both of them the family came first. My parents did not go on vacations without my brother and I in tow. Summer in the Catskills, as well as weeks in the Hamptons were spent with all four sisters and all my cousins. She had 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, whom she loved spending time with. She spent the first 94 years of her life in NYC and only when she got ill did she move to Boston to be with my brother. She opted to have a heart valve replacement surgery which was performed in November. Unfortunately, she could not overcome the complications that developed and chose to go into hospice. She had time to speak with each of her sisters as well as her grandchildren. She was at peace with her decision, she laughed, she cried, she sang, and though unable to walk, she danced with her arms.

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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