Baruch Dayan HaEmet – Ari Pollachek z”l

I am so sad to share the devastating news of the very sudden loss of Ari Pollachek, the adored 15-year-old son of Paula and Amit Pollachek.  Ari was the beloved brother of Guy, nephew of former Bonai board member Liz Marlow and Boaz Pollachek and the cousin of Evan and Noa.  Paula is former president of the Boulder JCC board, and their family is very loved and respected in our community.  This loss is utterly unbearable and we are striving to support the family as much as we can.

There will be a memorial service at the Boulder JCC on Thursday January 12th at 10am, followed by a graveside burial at Mountain View Cemetery on Kalmia at 11.30am.  Details of shiva to follow.

We send our blessings of strength and comfort to Paula, Amit, Guy, Ari’s grandparents and all the family and friends who are all so shocked, devastated and heartbroken by this loss.

May the soul Ari ben Penina v’Amit, taken way, way to soon from this world be at peace and may the memory of his short life be a blessing.

With a heavy heart,
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. May your soul be at rest and Angels watch over you !! You were a Blessing to us all !! Now you have you wings fly high Ari !!! With love Tina,Tammy and Preston ❤🙏

  2. Tragic news about Ari’s death. May his memory be for a blessing.

    Rabbi I am contacting you because Paula, Ari’s mother, is my second cousin on my mother’s side. Ari’s grandmother Dianne and my mother (z”l) were first cousins.

    Joel Weinstein Sinai Temple and member of Sinai Family Minyaa