Baruch Dayan HaEmet – Tom Trager z”l

Baruch Dayan HaEmet – Tom Trager z”l

Tom Trager
Tom Trager

Tom Trager (Avraham Yitzhak) passed away early on Sunday morning, May 14, 2023 at home with his devoted wife Barbara by his side.  Tom turned 78 last week and it has been a very tough few weeks with a chronic heart condition.  Tom had intellectual and philosophical curiosity his whole life and was lucid and clear until the very end.  Barbara described Tom as sweet and valiant. He was deeply loved by his family and many friends and will be greatly missed.

There will be a memorial service at 1:00 pm on Tuesday May 16th at the Boulder JCC (where Tom served for years on the board) followed by a burial at Mountain View Cemetery, 3016 Kalmia Avenue, Boulder at approximately 2:30 pm.

Parking at both the JCC and the shiva home is limited and we encourage people to car pool or use alternative modes of transport where possible. 
For the JCC service on Tuesday, you can also use the Bonai Shalom parking lot.

The Memorial Service at the JCC will also be livestreamed here if you are not able to be there in person.

Following burial and for the rest of the day on Tuesday, the family is sitting a private shiva.

Community Shiva times:
Wednesday May 17th, 3-6pm with a service led by Rabbi Fred Greene at 6pm
Thursday May 18th, 3-6pm with a service led by Rabbi Marc Soloway at 6pm

The family is requesting private space following the services and if you want to pay a shiva visit, please respect the hours stated above.

Barbara and family are sitting shiva at their temporary condo next to the Highland City Club. Condo #2, 865 Arapahoe Avenue. Parking may be tricky.

If you feel moved to make a donation for Tzedakah in Tom’s memory, the family is asking that you consider directing it to one of the three Jewish organizations that have been a big part of Tom and Barbara’s lives – The Boulder JCC, Congregation Har HaShem and Congregation Bonai Shalom.

Hamakom y’nachem – blessings of strength and comfort to Tom’s loving wife of over 50 years, Barbara, their daughter Mara (Patrick), son Josh (Christina) and grandsons Julien and Isaac.

May the memory of this kind gentleman Tom Trager (Avraham Yitzhak) always be for a blessing,
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.