As my father – Joseph Osterer – was getting older, my family decided that it would be best if we transitioned him to Hillel Lodge by taking him to Shabbat services there. I would pick “Reb Yossel” up at his Playfair apartment and, with the widest grin, he would turn to the doorman and proudly exclaim, “My Kaddish is here!” Laughing, he would then get into my beat up Ford Focus and promptly ask me when I bought the new car.
Joe took immense pride in leading prayers and helping first time mourners with tallit and tefillin rituals. His life eventually segued to residency at the Lodge, where, through the kindness of Rabbi Levy Teitlebaum and Issie Scarowsky, he was afforded the opportunity to participate in Shabbat morning services. He was able to recite the Torah blessings until three months before his passing on May 19, 2016. [Read more…]