Remembering Aaron

by Arliene Botnick, November 3, 2015

As Jews, we mark time in many different ways. Using our Jewish calendars, we recognize our new year in the Fall (Rosh Hashana). We acknowledge harvest festivals (Shalosh Regalim) in the spring (Passover), early summer (Shavuot), fall (Sukkot).
We mark time through our life cycle events; Brit Milah on the 8th day for our sons; consecration for our 5 year olds beginning to learn Hebrew;13 as or sons & daughters become Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
And we mark time to remember all those whose lives intertwined with ours, but who live on now only through memory.
One such life we lost nearly 10 years ago, on August 24, 2006. That is the day on which so tragically Aaron Tarek left us.
For those of you who didn’t know Aaron, he was one of our bight students, an amazing Bar Mitzvah and Kallah Graduate, and an actively involved school office person.
Each Sunday Aaron would suggest a more efficient way of doing our office work, keeping records, serving the teachers. He worked diligently with Alex Sage and they kept the school “humming along”.
Aaron, of course, was a beloved son to Linda & Morris, a wonderful brother to Aleesha, a doted on grandson.
In Aaron’s memory, his parents established The Aaron Tarek Memorial Fund, a fund that is used to enrich our learning opportunities at Solel as well as offer special programming. Whether it be a guest speaker for Selichot, a Klezmer band, a Lunch & Learn presenter, or caricature artists for Chanukkah, this fund allows us to maintain these opportunities.
We miss Aaron greatly. His parents and sister are integral to our community. And as our sages have said: “May the memory of the Righteous be for a blessing.”

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