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Writer hits a home run
Chronicle Staff Writer Reinherz hit a home run with his article about Tanner Jacobson (“MLB life begins for Allderdice grad Tanner Jacobson,” Aug. 19). Adam pitched Tanner rather than an opener and a curveball to family, friends and Taylor Allderdice. Good work as usual.

David Pollock

Jonathan Schachter contributed meaningfully to community
The Chronicle’s news obituary (Aug. 8) of Jonathan Schachter z”l is a fitting tribute but tells only part of the story of his volunteer service to our community.

Jonathan’s love for the Hebrew language began in his youth, developed in his teens at the Hebrew-speaking Camp Massad in the Poconos and continued with his participation in adult education classes in Pittsburgh. He conversed with friends in Hebrew when given the opportunity, read and chanted liturgy fluently and, for many years, led High Holiday services for congregations lacking a hazzan.

Jonathan joined the New Community Chevra Kadisha (NCCK) in 2006, two years after it was formed. He was responsible for recruiting many new members, including myself (Zarky). He participated in making important decisions about liturgy and practice, and helped grow the NCCK into a committed and caring community. Members of the men’s chevra came to rely on him as a rosh (head of the taharah team) who knew how to handle anything that came up. He participated in all the NCCK’s meetings, frequently spoke at the group’s annual 7th of Adar dinner, helped demonstrate taharah practices in public education sessions, and got to know all the staff members at the funeral homes that requested a taharah. He was selfless, neither talking about his contributions nor seeking recognition for them, epitomizing the virtue of giving of himself unhesitatingly and fully for the sake of doing the right thing. He said that being part of the chevra made his life meaningful and fulfilling. We will always remember his words at the conclusion of a taharah: “Gentleman, it has been a privilege to perform this mitzvah with you.”

His memory inspires all the members of the NCCK and is an enduring blessing for this community.

Deane Root
Zarky Rudavsky
Members, NCCK

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