By COLlive reporter
A family gathering in Israel for placing a headstone on their father’s gravesite has resulted in a heartfelt harmonies singing that touched many people.
The hakomas matzeiva for the long-time British educator Rabbi Mordechai Sufrin was held last week in the Sanhedria Cemetery in Jerusalem following his passing shortly before his 80th birthday.
A world renowned speaker and teacher for over 50 years, Rabbi Sufrin was one of North West London’s most well known Jewish educators. During his lifetime, he has touched many with his depth, passion, inspiration and his signature sense of humor.
Remaining in Israel this past Shabbos, his sons gathered on Motzoei Shabbos in a shul and davened Selichos together. A clip of their singing has moved their friends and family.
“Wishing you all lots of strength. May you always feel your father’s presence in your life,” Dubi H. wrote. Marilyn L. wrote: “So melodious! Beautiful harmony! Shedding light like Rabbi Sufrin in the darkest of many places!”
On of the siblings singing was Shlomo Simcha, a veteran Jewish singer and chazzan who recently released a new album “Ani Kan” featuring both Hebrew and English songs.
Shlomo Simcha, a resident of Toronto, said that much of his musical history comes from his family experiences, learning from his father serving as a chazzan of a synagogue in Manchester.
The family is now raising funds to support the causes championed by Rabbi Sufrim throughout his life. Among them are Keren Menachem and Keren Chanah, scholarship grants to cover tuition costs for the education of boys and girls in Yeshiva or seminary.
To support these funds, visit tinyurl.com/RabbiSufrin