Archive for October 2009

A Great Loss Happened Here

Shock is the only word to describe it. We learned last night of the tragic and unexpected death of a wonderful man, Dr. George Marcus, z”l. He was literally a pillar of the Jewish community in MetroWest, and all over Eastern Massachusetts from the South to North shores, and indeed Greater New England. He will be sorely missed, as he was such an integral part of so many things for so many people and organizations.

I only knew George for about 5 years, since the time I and my family joined Temple Beth Sholom. But from the day we met he was nothing but warm, friendly, gregarious, and funny. And learned. He was a Jewish scholar in his own right, often relied upon by professional clergy and lay people alike for information or interpreation of Jewish law, Jewish custom, and even Jewish humor. George loved a good joke, and would often — nee, always! — have a joke to tell you. And always with that wonderful smile on his face.

George touched countless lives through his work training Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, his deep involvement with and love for Jewish camping and the Cohen camps, and his deep love of Judaism and teaching. We are all poorer now, left only with the great void he leaves behind. This loss will not soon be healed.

May his life and his memory be a blessing and an inspiration to us all.