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Baruch Dayan Ha’emet: Joel Dinhoffer, z”l

Joel Dinhoffer, father of Kara Mertz and husband of Phyllis, passed away this week. Joel was 80 and had been a pharmacist and had Parkinson’s Disease. He was going to be riding on a Tandem bike with Kara in the Parkinson’s fundraising ride in a couple weeks. Joel died quickly after a fall on Tuesday morning.

Joel and Phyllis moved to Boulder three years ago to be close to family, having lived in New York and Florida. Joel was a free spirit and had a love of life and will be greatly missed by his family and friends

The funeral will be on Sunday in New York and the family will return to Boulder on Monday night and will be sitting shiva on Tuesday and Wednesday at The Carillon (2525 Taft Dr. #206) – 3:00-7:00 pm with a short mincha service at 6:00 pm and on Thursday and Friday at Kara and Steve’s house (2320 22nd St) from 3:00 – 7:00 pm with a short mincha service at 6:00 pm on Thursday and 3:30 pm on Friday.

Joel (Yussel) is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Lesley and her husband Julian; daughter Kara and her husband Steve; grandchildren Danielle and her husband Taylor, Chelsea, Aaron and Zoe.

Peace on the neshama of Yussel Dovid.

Hamakom y’nachem – Blessings of strength and comfort to Phyllis, Kara, Steve, Aaron, Zoe and all the mourners.

Blessings,
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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