Devoted community volunteer Sheila Hartman died suddenly during Purim on March 21 at age 76. Rabbi Chaim Mendelsohn of Chabad of Centrepointe offers thoughts on her life and the impact she had on her family and her community.
In the Jewish tradition, when someone passes away, a shomer recites prayers near the deceased as a demonstration of respect until they are buried.
On Purim day, I was a shomer for the late Sheila Hartman. The hours that I spent as a shomer allowed me the opportunity to reflect on Sheila and what she meant to me specifically and more broadly of her impact on the Jewish community of Ottawa. [Read more…]