Baruch Dayan HaEmet – Yair Erez z”l

Yair Erez, husband of Paula Erez and father of Amir and Galit, passed away peacefully this afternoon, February 20, 2024, at home with his loved ones by his side, after a six-year struggle with cancer. He was 79 years old.

Yair (Ephraim ben Shaul v’Salima) was born in Baghdad in 1944, the second youngest of ten siblings. In 1951 the family moved to Israel when he was 6 years old. Yair and Paula met in Israel in 1975 and they were married in Miami two years later and moved to Colorado in 1978. 

They have been members of Bonai Shalom since the very beginning. 

There will be a service at Bonai Shalom on Thursday (22nd) at 9.30am, followed by a burial at Mountain View Cemetery, 3016 Kalmia Ave, Boulder, CO 80301 at 11am

Shiva will commence after burial at their home 4733 Quail Creek Lane, 80301 for visitation, with a minyan at 6.30pm

Strength and comfort to Paula, Amir (Rachel) and Galit (Josh) and to all of Yair’s extended family in Israel.

Peace on Yair’s soul and a blessing on his memory.
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. Dear Galit and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Yair sounds like an amazing person. May the memories of a life well lived, love of family and his strength in hard times bring you peace at this difficult time. Fondly, Juliet Clothier