The Passing of Rav Mordechai Y Scher, ztz”l

איך נפלו גיבורים
-Samuel 2, Chapter 1, verse 19

Rabbi Mordechai Scher

Mordechai Yosef ben Avraham, Zecher Tzadik L’Vracha

Eulogies for Rabbi Scher, ztz”l

It is with a broken heart that I share the news that as the Shabbat Queen left Santa Fe she took with her the precious soul of our Rav Mordechai.

Rabbi Scher is mourned by his wife, Dr. Shulamit Yaarah (Sandra) Scher and his daughters, Naomi Braindel Scher and Aliza Zivia Scher, and by his sister, Janet Kalicka, along with the whole Jewish community of Santa Fe.

A service will be held at Kol BeRamah, Sunday, October 22, at 6pm, as we escort our beloved Rav Mordechai as he makes final return to Israel.

Rav Mordechai Scher’s funeral will take place at the Eretz Hachaim Cemetery, in Bet Shemesh, in Israel. The mita will arrive on United flight 084, from Newark, estimated to arrive in Tel Aviv at 10:15am on Wednesday morning, Israel time. Please note that there have been delays at the Newark airport, so there may be a delay in the funeral time as well.

Rabbi Scher is mourned by his wife, Dr. Shulamit Yaarah (Sandra) Scher and his daughters, Naomi Braindel Scher and Aliza Zivia Scher, and by his sister, Janet Kalicka, along with the whole Jewish community of Santa Fe.

Dr. Yaarah Scher will be sitting Shivah in Israel. Please email for contact information.

Dr. Scher has also requested that any donations that people wish to give in Rav Mordechai’s memory be given to Kol Beramah, to the Rabbi Scher Memorial Fund.

May Hashem comfort the family among all mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.

Rabbi Ron Wittenstein
Kol BeRamah
Santa Fe

 

Mordechai Yosef Scher was born and raised in Stamford, CT. He moved to Israel shortly after finishing high school. He was educated in some of Israel’s best known Religious Zionist institutions, notably Machon Meir, Yeshivat Mercaz Harav Kook, the Shaal program of Yeshivat Shaalvim, and the Midrasha Gevoha.

Rabbi Scher served in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantry soldier and combat medical specialist.

Rabbi Scher was certified as a sofer (scribe) by Rav Shmuel Wozner of B’nei Brak. He was certified to examine and decide on the work of scribes by Rav Mordechai Friedlander. He was certified in the laws of kiddushin and testimony by Dayan Ezra Batzri. He was ordained for the rabbinate by Rav Shear Yeshuv Cohen (Chief Rabbi of Haifa), Rav Uzi Kalcheim of blessed memory, Rav Gershon Binet, and Rav Zalman Nehemia Goldberg of the kollel dayanim at the Midrasha Gevoha. He held Master Teacher certification from Yeshivat Shaalvim.

Rabbi Scher held a BSc in Health Sciences, a BSN in Nursing, and was board certified as a flight paramedic (FP-C). He worked part-time as a flight nurse/flight paramedic at Med Flight Air Ambulance. He also worked as an Emergency Department nurse, a rural paramedic, and a wilderness search team paramedic.
He was among the founding members of Atalaya Search and Rescue team of Santa Fe, and was a search dog handler with Mountain Canine Corps of Los Alamos. Rabbi Scher has taught and served in the rabbinate in the Jewish communities of Jerusalem, Israel; Houston, TX; Vancouver, BC; Worcester and Boston, MA and Sante Fe, NM. (adapted from the RCA website)