SF’s Zen Rabbi Alan Lew Has Passed Away
Posted by Oyster on January 12, 2009
Rabbi Alan Lew, z”l, studied Zen Buddhism for ten years before he became ordained as a Conservative Rabbi. He’s the author of “One G-d Clapping: The Spiritual Path of a Zen Rabbi“, served as the pulpit rabbi of SF’s Congregation Beth Sholom, and founded Makor Or, a center for Jewish meditation. The following is an email that was sent from Beth Sholom:
With heavy hearts and great sadness, we regret to inform our community that our beloved, esteemed Rabbi Emeritus, Rabbi Alan Lew passed away on Monday, January 12/Tevet 16.
This morning, after teaching rabbis at a Seminary leader training institute, Rabbi Lew meditated, prayed Shacharit, went for a run, and left this world.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 15, at 12 noon at Congregation Beth Sholom.
Shiva minyanim, will be held on the following days at the home of Sherril Jaffe at 734 Balboa Street:
Thursday, January 15, 5 p.m.
Friday, January 16, 8 a.m.
Saturday, January 17, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 18, 9 a.m., and 5 p.m.
Monday, January 19, 8 a.m., and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, January 20, 8 a.m., and 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21, 820a.m.
If you would like to bring food to a shiva minyan, the family welcomes vegetarian food prepared in a Kosher kitchen.
Makom Sholom meditation room will be open this afternoon through Mincha for anyone who wishes to join us for meditation.
Our hearts go out to Sherril, Hannah, Malka, Steven, and their family and friends.
May his memory be a blessing.
Our condolences to his family, friends, and congregation.
Baruch Dayan Emet.