Baruch Dayan HaEmet – Peter Vayshenker z’l

Dr. Peter Vayshenker, father of Igor Vayshenker and husband of 70 years of Maria and father-in-law of Bonai Shalom’s ritual chair, Susan Cohen, died the morning of January 2, 2023 in hospital in Boulder.

Peter was 95 years old. He was born in Belarus and practiced medicine in Moscow as a very prominent doctor. Peter and Maria moved to Boulder in 1991 after retiring. 

The funeral will be on Thursday January 5th. There will be a memorial service at 12pm in the Bonai Shalom sanctuary, which will also be livestreamed here.

This will be followed by a graveside funeral at Green Mountain Cemetery on 20th Street at 1.30pm.  Please note that the conditions at the cemetery are somewhat treacherous and the family are concerned to keep the burial on the small side for everyone’s safety.

Following the burial, people are invited back to Bonai Shalom for some light refreshments at approximately 2.30pm.

Shiva will be on zoom only as follows:
Thursday 1/5 – 7pm
Sunday 1/8 – 6pm
Tuesday 1/10 – 6pm
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If you would like to give tzedakah in Peter’s memory, please consider directing it to Boulder Community Health Foundation here.

If you would like to help set up food at Bonai Shalom, please contact the office.

We wish comfort and strength to the mourners Maria, Igor and Susan, Alex and  Anastasia, grandchildren Beth (Raymond), Arina and Gregory.

May Peter’s soul be at peace and his memory a blessing.

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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