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Dear Havurah Community,

It is with sadness that the our community mourns the loss of one of our members, Lenora Rohm, mother of Sherene Zolno. Lenora passed away on Saturday night. She was 93.  She will be deeply missed. We send our sincere sympathies to Sherene, Rick and their extended family.

The family will be Sitting Shiva for Lenora this afternoon at 4 pm and invite the community to join. Barry Grosskopf will lead us. You can tell a story about Lenora, read a short poem, speak from the heart, or just be present and listen. 

 
The process of mourning is difficult, painful and grief stricken. "Sitting Shiva" is a term used to describe the action of Jewish mourners participating in the traditional rituals. For three to seven days, the family members of the deceased gather in one location – typically their own home or the home of the deceased – and mourn the loss in a variety of ways. 
 
During the period of Shiva, mourners sometimes sit on low stools or boxes while they receive condolence calls. This is where the phrase “Sitting Shiva” comes from, and it is a practice that symbolizes the mourner being “brought low” following the loss of a loved one. 

There are many traditional rituals and customs of Jewish mourning and Sitting Shiva. Some people, however, may choose to observe only those traditions which are meaningful to them and may be less traditional in the customs they decide to follow. You can do what is meaningful to you or the deceased at the level of observance desired.

At the end of our gathering we will be reciting the Mourner's Kaddish, which is one of Judaism’s greatest mitzvahs, a true act of kindness. This prayer is said in Judaism as one of its fundamental traditions – a beautiful prayer that reflects on life, tradition and family.

Here it is the Kaddish Prayer, in English:

Exalted and hallowed be God’s great name
in the world which God created, according to plan.
May God’s majesty be revealed in the days of our lifetime
and the life of all Israel — speedily, imminently,
To which we say: Amen.
Blessed be God’s great name to all eternity.
Blessed, praised, honored, exalted,
extolled, glorified, adored, and lauded
be the name of the Holy Blessed One,
beyond all earthly words and songs of blessing, praise, and comfort.
To which we say: Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and all Israel.
To which we say: Amen.
May the One who creates harmony on high, bring peace to us and to all Israel.
To which we say: Amen.

You don’t need to be Jewish to join us to help make the Zoom version of a minyan (10 people that are needed to gather) for about 1 hour. You will be there for the family. 


 
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