Memorial to Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler

in European Judaism
Author: Donald Day 1
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I will never forget November 17, 2000. I had flown from Florida to New York the night before (it was Thursday) to attend Rabbi Schindler’s funeral in Westport, Connecticut on Friday morning. I drove from New York, arrived very early at the synagogue, and walked into the sanctuary – empty, except for rows of pews and hundreds and hundreds of empty chairs. There, in front of the bimah, stood a lone, simple, closed, unadorned pine casket. Two thoughts rushed through my head; first, the enormity of the realisation that this warm loving friend of over thirty years was in fact gone; and second, the symbolism and honesty of that plain pine box.

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