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Rabbi Chanan Feld, 54, OBM

Rabbi Chanan Feld, San Francisco Bay area's popular mohel and the spiritual leader of Beit Midrash Ohr HaChaim in North Berkeley passed away Wednesday. Full Story, Photos

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Dr. Nicholas Cartegna
November 10, 2011 8:21 am

I was Cary’s roommate for my first year at Indiana University. Although we never kept in touch I have often thought about him at what course his life has taken. I now know. I received word of his passing today through an email forwarded by a mutual friend from IU all because of Cary’s interest in 11:11. I must share: Cary always had an interesting fascination about the digital time 11:11 and would get calls from all over on Nov 11th at 11/11. With November 11, 2011 just hours away (11:11 11/11/11) it is interesting to note that I am… Read more »

Oy Vey IzMeer!
November 3, 2009 9:03 am

Lechoyra, Rabbi Feld’s Chabad-type yeshiva out there in Bezoykeley was just a few blocks away from this big area produce market, so best to say Soy Vay! Its mamish too bad he just was not as widely known outside his Mohelhood and Lubavitch circles of this West Coast Bay Area :-{

may his memory be as a blessing
November 1, 2009 2:57 pm

B”H
to all of you, may we cherish the moments we have, may we be grateful for all we know, for all we have, may we remember cary in our daily life, may we remember chanan with every breath, he would be touched that we are in touch, smiling in our every effort, my love to him and my love to all of you,
Mitch Marder

Rabbi Chanan but always Cary to me.
November 1, 2009 5:45 am

Cary and I go back to pre-school. We were friends before we could talk because our families were close friends. We were best friends through out college. We even went to Indiana University together. I lost my closet male friend ever, We shared all our youth together. We had the same circle of friends until he moved away, We have kept in touch over the years and visited whenever he was in town. My last correspondence with him was about 3-4 weeks ago. He was the most loving, caring individual I have ever known. We were like brother and sister.… Read more »

Chanan was a friend, a mentor, a mench, and a righteous man ...
October 31, 2009 6:39 pm

About 22 years ago, at the bris of my first son, Reuven, Chanan and I had a long talk. We talked about being Jewish in the 20th century. We talked about my friends who had their son circumcised in the hospital on the second day and a ceremony in their house on the eighth day. We talked about the lack of formal training in the US for mohelim. We talked about my birth parshah being Lech L’chah. By the end of our conversation, something quite miraculous happened, Chanan talked to me about studying milah (circumcision) and said that every community… Read more »

A lovely man
October 30, 2009 3:05 pm

Rabbi Feld was the mohel at the bris of all 3 of my sons. He was both an expert and an artist at what he did: not just the technical aspects of the bris, but at creating a warm, meaningful welcoming in of the baby into the family and to the jewish community. We will really and truly miss him.

Baruch Dayan Emes
October 30, 2009 8:50 am

We nothing of this…A true Jew..helping others all the time.

The Dalfins –Brooklyn NY

My heart is breaking...
October 30, 2009 8:33 am

My heart is breaking for all of Chanan’s family.

His path in life was unique, and it’s no surprise to me that he was a man of great and varied deeds.

Cary and I were friends in college, and roommates for a year…the year he guided (as goalie…yes, a 5’6″ Jewish goalie) the Indiana University soccer team to a second-place finish in the NCAA tournament.

Many great memories.

I am so very grateful to have been able to see him (and all his family) during this difficult time.

I will miss him forever.

Larry Pattis

Les Shapiro (Old Friend)
October 29, 2009 7:29 am

I also knew Cary long before he moved to San Francisco and became a rabbi/mohel. He was one of my best friends throughout high school and college. Just a wonderful guy. We played baseball together (I was the pitcher, he was the catcher), we played poker together, we listened to music together, went to concerts together. He always made me laugh. Cary was cerebral, yet very spacey at times. Phone calls with Cary would always crack me up. He never said “goodbye” at the end. He just hung up. It drove me crazy. But that was Cary. He was like… Read more »

Boruch Dayan Hae'mes
October 29, 2009 4:23 am

So sad.
Admasi

Boruch Dayan Hae'mes
October 29, 2009 2:58 am

Any info about being Menachem Avel? email address? phone number?

Meir Geisinsky.

Besuros Tovos

Oyvey! Hashem!
October 28, 2009 11:06 pm

Daloy galus!!

WE NEED MOSHIACH NOW
October 28, 2009 9:29 pm

BORUCH DAYAN HAEMES!!!!!!
We should only hear GOOD news from now on!!!!

Chanan Feld was a great man
October 28, 2009 6:42 pm

I know Chanan before he was Chanan, when he was Cary, and I can tell you that he was just as loving and positive before he became a Rabbi as after.

Rabbi bentzion Pil San Francisco
October 28, 2009 6:16 pm

Rabbi Chanan Feld had a great heart . He performed circumcisions for many russian jews in the Bay Area including adults and children.He did not ask for much money and even did some circumcisions for free.He scrificed his family life to perform a briss on shobbos because there were not other kosher mohelim in the bay area. We will surely miss him.

Chaya
October 28, 2009 5:28 pm

Rochie, I was saying tehillim for him… This is SOOO sad! May Hashem give you the strength to continue to be the special girl that you are and MOSHIACH sould come RIGHT NOW- so that your father can be together with your beautiful family again.

Boruch Dayan Hae'mes
October 28, 2009 5:28 pm
Baruch Dayan Haemes!
October 28, 2009 5:23 pm

So sad! He was such a special man with a beautiful family. He had a shining Hadras Panim.

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