Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat

Funeral Service: Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Congregation Shaar Hashomayim: 120 chemin de la Côte-Saint-Antoine, Westmount
Shiva: Sunday, December 30, 2018 to
Friday, January 04, 2019

Shiva at his home
Shiva Details: Shacharit on Tuesday, January 1 at 8:00 a.m. Shacharit from Wednesday to Friday at 7:20 a.m., Mincha at 4:00 p.m. and Ma'ariv at 4:30 p.m.
Cemetery: Shaar Hashomayim
Donations: “Elizabeth Shuchat-Schwartz Memorial Fund”, the Shaar Israel Project c/o Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, (514) 937-9471.
Notes: To Stream the video of Rabbi Shuchat's funeral, click on this link: http://webcast.servicewebdiffusion.com/go/congregation-shaar-hashomayim

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126 Condolences

Eric Weiss - 3 days ago

Dear Elliott ,My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your beloved uncle Rabbi Shuchat. May you have the wonderful memories of the times you were all together and the love you all shared.

Cheri Bell - 10 days ago

Dear Charles and Muriel, My sincerest sympathies on your loss.

Shelly Belson - 13 days ago

Dear Bryna and Family, Jerry and I were saddened to hear of the passing of your father. Our deepest sympathy on your loss. May all of your wonderful memories help sustain you through this difficult journey. המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים.

Shimshon Leshinsky - 13 days ago

A great man. A spiritual leader. A wonderful shabat host and guest. A man.of charisma and stories and wisdom. A treasure. A man of honesty and love for his family. I am happy I met him and spent time with him mainly in Jerusalem

Michael Berkeley - 15 days ago

I am saddened to learn of Rabbi Shuchat's passing. Long ago and far away, I was student from Chicago at McGill and a member of Hillel on Stanley St. One of my fond memories during my time in Montreal was knowing Rabbi Shuchat. I will never forget the kindness and the gracious hospitality the Rabbi, his wife, daughters Elizabeth, Bryna, and other family members extended to me as a guest in their home during Pesach. To Bryna, ( a member of Hillel at the time I was there) it has been decades since we talked, my prayers are with you, your sister, and your family. May Rabbi Shuchat's memory always be an eternal blessing to you, your family and all who knew him. May Hashem comfort you during your moment of grief. With deepest sympathy, Michael Berkeley

> Estabelle Goldman, Roslyn Teitelbaum, Gloria Goldman Bronfeld - 15 days ago

Our deepest sympathies to Rita and Charles and all the Shuchat family on the loss of Rabbi Dr. Wilfred Shuchat., (Willie as we knew him) > We are first cousins. Our Late Mother Jenny Godel Brown was the sister of Willie's mother the late Beatrice Godel Shuchat. We all remember him well from when we were brought up. Although we have not been in touch for some time as we have lived in the U.S. for many years. Over the years we heard he was a very special person. > May your family remember all the wonderful years you had together and find solace. Baruch Dayan Emet >

Beatrice Levine - 15 days ago

Dear Rita and Shuchat family: My deepest sympathy on the passing of Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat . He was a legend in his time and will be enormously missed. Beatrice

Merle Enchin - 15 days ago

Dear Rita and Family, I was sad to hear of the rabbi’s passing, a great loss for you all. He was so kind to my Mother, Anita Enchin, when she was ill several years ago and he really lifted her spirits when he called. I grew up in Toronto so only met him a few times. So many people knew him here or were married by him. He leaves quite an Amazing legacy . Sincerest condolences from the Enchin Family.

Merle Enchin - 15 days ago

Marjorie Bendel - 15 days ago

I was a 'Shaare' girl from the age of 14 when I fist met Rabbi Shuchat and he was an amazing influence on me. Later he became good friends of my beloved parents, Harold and Dorothy Allenby. This is certainly the end of an era with his sad paassing

Riva & Carl Gelber - 16 days ago

Dear Rita & Shuchat Family, We were most saddened to learn of Rabbi Shuchat's passing & want to extend our deepest sympathy to you. In our chest of treasured memories ,in 1969, Rabbi Shuchat officiated at our wedding......For the last 50 years, from my vantage point seat, I have observed Rabbi Shuchat davening. It is hard to imagine his empty seat in the coming Yom Tovs......We wish for you & yours continued good health, coupled with the hope that you may be spared from any more sorrow for many years to come. Warmly, Riva & Carl Gelber

Allen Greenberg - 16 days ago

Dear members of Rabbi Shuchat’s family, I send you my deep sympathy. Although I have been away for a long time, I am grateful for the many meaningful Jewish experiences that I had growing up at the Shaar Hashomayim during the years when the shul was under Rabbi Shuchat’s active leadership. I am sorry that I am not there to convey my condolences in person, but listened with great admiration and respect to every word of the eulogies, which brought back fond memories not only of prayer services and sermons, but also of youth theater, “Sunday” school (three days a week!), USY, LTF and Boy Scouts, all at the Shaar. I still have the Hertz Chumash that he presented to me, with his signature on the bookplate, on behalf of the congregation at my bar mitzvah. May Rabbi Shuchat’s memory be a blessing and an inspiration to you and to everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him. המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Frances Pearl Neumark - 16 days ago

Dear Bryna, I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Thinking of you and wishing you and your siblings a long life. המקום ינחם אותך עם שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים ולא תוסיפו לדאבה עוד May he rest in peace

yedidya pinsky - 17 days ago

רפי היקר אנחנו משפחת פינסקי משתתפים בצערכם אבא שלך היה אחד מהחברים הטובים של הורי ז"ל הורי השתדלו כל חג לדבר עם אבא ולאחל לו חג שמח נראה לי שאהבה והערכה הייתה הדדית המקום ינחם אתכם עם שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Saul Rajsky - 17 days ago

My sympathies to you on your fathers death. I have fond memories of him (and you) from our times in Loon Lake.

Bunny and Mort Lechter - 17 days ago

Dear Bryna, Rita, and your entire family, we send you our condolences. As with countless others, we felt, someway or another connected to the Rabbi. He was our Rabbi. Every tribute written about him is only to be echoed by Morty and myself. We offer our deepest sympathy and respect. Bunny and Morty Lechter

EEli & Gloria Chalupovitsch - 17 days ago

Dear Bryna and Josh, Rabbi Raphael and Margola . So sad to learn about your loss.Just back from 5 days in LL. Rabbi Shuchat was an exceptional Mench and a wise Rabbi. We loved to close our eyes when Rabbi Shuchat Z"l spoke till this past summer. It was like listening to a young voice delivering ancient wisdom. May his memory be a blessing to you and to all who were privileged to have known him

Dave Fineberg - 17 days ago

Rabbi Shuchat officiated at my parents' wedding, and at the Bar Mitzvahs of both myself and my brother. He worked very closely with my father for many years. He has been part of our family, as well as generations of others, for well over half a century. His contributions to the Montreal and larger Canadian Jewish community is immeasurable, and worthy of historical consideration. We are deeply saddened by his passing which truly marks the end of an era.

Twinkle Rosenstone Rudberg - 17 days ago

With my very deepest of sympathies to you all. I watched the service and it was a beautiful tribute for a unique and inspiring man.my thoughts and love are with you. Twinkle

Donna (Evin) Messer - 17 days ago

Dear Family of Rabbi Shuchat, My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all the family. As one who grew up in the Shaar Hashomayim from preschool through graduation and LTF, I saw that Rabbi Shuchat exemplified the highest levels of integrity, dignity, Jewish piety, and humility. His sermons were scholarly, eloquently expressed, based on traditional Jewish texts, steeped in moral imperatives, and relevant to our lives. He officiated at my wedding 52 years ago yesterday. He was widely and highly respected. He led by example, and the impact he left through his works will live on as part of his legacy. May his memory forever be a blessing. Donna (Evin) Messer, Highland Park, NJ

Aviva, Andrea and Raphael Cohen - 17 days ago

Rabbi Shuchat and his wife Miriam were trusted friends and colleagues of our parents Rabbi Maurice and Rochelle Cohen in Montreal for decades. Their lives and dedication to the Montreal Jewish Community were inextricably intertwined during that era.Our father passed on to us the great respect and admiration he had for “Willie” , despite theological disagreements. May they perpetually continue their arguments on high! Aviva, Andrea And Raphael Cohen

Stephen + Hal myers - 17 days ago

Our sympathies to the family. What a tremendous experience to have been a recipient of the Rabbi's wisdom for so many years. May you rest in peace knowing you have touched so many of us.

IRA GRUSSGOTT - 17 days ago

Dear Bryna, (Josh), R' Rafi, Margo & entire Shuchat mishpahah. Haval al de'avdin de'lo mishtakahin. Vus iz geven iz geven , shoyn nisht du. IOW- your personal loss along with our collective communal loss is irreplaceable. Thus, more difficult to console you at this time.Because, in addition to your patriarch, he was our mara de'asra-beyond merely" emeritus" -a Rabbi's Rabbi! Personally, I remember the dignified, discreet ,ethical, moral , mentshlikh way he supported and guided me throughout my tenure @ the Shaar from day one to last hour. I may have followed him but could never "succeed" him, nor replace him. No one can. I hope & pray that you & yours share semahot w/ us soon & often where your father's zikaron with all its many memories will provide not only comfort but blessings that evidence an everlasting legacy, Beyedidut,ukhvod rav, Ira G

the Solomons, Jerusalem - 17 days ago

Sorry for the interruption I received a call from the George Rosenbergs in Haifa and sent them the link so we in Israel can feel part of the funeral, and my message went in the middle. I only want to say that all our family grew up at the Shaar with your father being our Rabbi. He was a person who truly rejoiced in our smachot and even in our Aliyah. He was a great influence on all of our lives. May his memory truly be a blessing for each of you.

Chana and Chaim Solomon - 17 days ago

to Margola, Rafi, Bryna, and all members of the Shuchat family. Your father and the Shaar Hashomayim Congregation in Montreal were interchangeable for 0ver 70 years. He spent mot of his life there and contribu

Roz Deitcher - 17 days ago

Dear Rafi, Bryna, Margola and family I am so saddened to hear of your father’s passing. It is hard to imagine the Shaar without him. There was a deep and long-standing connection between him and our family, which prompted him to speak at our father’s funeral just a short time ago, despite the difficulty involved. We were honoured to have him there. His voice still rings in my ears, as it always will. המקום ינחם אתכם.

Helene Novek - 17 days ago

To the Shuchat family, my sincere sympathies on your great loss. May he live on forever in your memories.

June Ortenberg , Carl Frymel and Family - 17 days ago

Dearest Margola, Raphael , Bryna and all the members of the Shuchat, Schwartz and Landes Families, For so many years your Dad graced the pulpit and the halls of the Shaar with his vast knowledge , quiet warmth and dignified presence that brought so much meaning to any gathering big or small. His contribution at so many of our family's important moments was always inspiring and comforting. In his later years as Emeritus Rabbi, he set a shining example of sharing knowledge and of clearly appreciating the joys every day can bring ,as we witnessed with each encounter . We are so thankful for his contribution to our Jewish souls from such a young age onwards through the years. Unfortunately, we are out of town and cannot be present at the funeral . Please know that our hearts are with you all and that the memory of your Dad's unique contribution to the Montreal Jewish community and beyond will always remain bright. With our warmest condolences, June, Carl, Margot, Deanna and Eden Frymel

Rabbi & Charlotte Zeitxv - 17 days ago

Currently in Israel and saddened to hear of the passing of one of Montreal's leaders. Rabbi Shuchat was a Rabbi's Rabbi and a every one Rabbi ministering and caring for all.He brought Jewish values and dreams down from Shamayim , creating a better and more vibrant Jewish heaven on earth. I cherished his friendship and our special leadership. Tehi nishmato bracha

Kathy Thibault - 17 days ago

Dearest Bryna and family - my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Your memories of him and his positive impact over so many years and on countless people will warm your hearts during this most difficult time.

Irwin Liebman - 17 days ago

Yehi Shem Baruch. Modest and pure leader.

Evelyn, Avery, Anne and The Palevsky Family - 17 days ago

On behalf of all the people in our family who have been blessed to know Rabbi Shuchat and had him officiate at our numerous simchas we extend our deepest condolences to the entire Shuchat family in this difficult time. He was an exceptional person.

Miriam Cohen - 17 days ago

We have lost one of the Gedolai Hador. I taught nursery at the Shaar for several years, and Rabbi Shuchat would visit occasionally. His chesed and interest always shone through. A thorough scholar, his efforts to establish communication among the different Jewish religious groups, all testify to his vision of unifying Am Yisroel for generations to come! may his memory always serve as a beacon, and forever be a source of inspiration! Miriam Cohen

Florence Gersovitz Ortenberg - 17 days ago

Dear Raphael, Margola , Bryna and family , I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father. He indeed was a man of great wisdom and understanding who provided inspiration to so many over his life time. Our whole family held him in great esteem and he will truly be missed but never forgotten. My sincerest condolences, Florence Gersovitz Ortenberg

k. David Brody - 17 days ago

Dear Rabbi Rafi, Bryna and Joshua, Margola and Rita (as well as Charles and Muriel Shuchat whom I don’t know): A note to express my deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your dear father and brother. As you may know, I was closely associated with him in writing the article on the Jewish Pavilion at Expo ’67 for the Canadian Jewish News. His memory was as sharp as a pin and he recounted the unfolding of the process with great clarity. His passing marks the end of an era. I am currently out of the country and will be unable to attend the funeral. I wish you all Long Life and strength in facing the future. Yours sincerely, David Brody

Tamara and Philip Greenberg - 17 days ago

Dear Rafi, Margola,Bryna, Josh, Rita, Charles and family, An era has passed but the legacy continues. As members of the Shaar for four generations (Philip’s maternal grandfather’s side), Rabbi Shuchat officiated at Philip’s and all our boys’ Bar Mitzvahs and the wedding of our daughter. His modesty, piety and prolific scholarship have set a standard to which all can aspire. Yehi shem baruch.

Judy Levine Chrein - 17 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family: I always enjoyed coming to work at the Shaar for many years, and learning of our Rabbi's continuous accomplishments. My very sincerest condolences to the Shuchat Family.

Debi Rosenthal - 17 days ago

Dear Bryan, Extending my heartfelt condolences to you on the loss of your beloved father.

Myrna Gameroff Schwartz - 17 days ago

I remember Rabbi Shuchat at the pulpit one morning in Oct.,1973,, his deep sadness, his announcement to his Congregation, his so-appropriate demeanor as he related what had taken place in Israel overnight. Yes, it was the beginning of the Yom Kippur War! We all cherish memories of Rabbi W. Shuchat.

Corey Schwartz - 17 days ago

My sincere condolences

Riva and Michael Sidloi - 17 days ago

Dear Bryna, Josh and Family, Please accept our condolences on the loss of such a wonderful and kind father, father-in -law and grandfather. We wish you nachas. With fond regards, Riva and Michael Sidloi

Leo Grunstein - 17 days ago

Dear Bryna and Family, It is with great sadness that our family heard the terrible news. We had the merit of getting to know your dad only in the last few years at Loon Lake. During this short time we were fortunate to enjoy the presence of a wonderful human being who was an inspiration until the very end. May his memory be a blessing to you and the entire community. Baruch Dayan Emet. Bonnie, Leo , Erin and Alex

Mordy and Brocha - 18 days ago

What a friend! May his influence at the Shaar carry on...

Joe Fineberg - 18 days ago

My sincerest condolences to the family. Rabbi Shuchat was a key part of my Jewish development from Hebrew school, through bar-mitzvah and leading the congregation and the community. He commanded respect and gave respect to everyone. My late father Alec worked on so many projects with the Rabbi who will always be a blessed memory to our family.

Ellie Kent - 18 days ago

My sincerest condolences to the entire Shuchat family. Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat was my second cousin. He was also a classmate of my sister-in laws father the late Ozzie Chesses @ McGill University.

Bea & Hershie Schachter - 18 days ago

Dear Bryna and the Shuchat Family, there are no words we can offer to assuage the sense of loss you are experiencing right now Your father left a lasting impression on so many individuals during his lifetime. The Montreal Jewish community will always be in his debt

Dan Spiegel - 18 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all. The Spiegel Family

Teresa Schwartz Segalman - 18 days ago

My condolences to the Shuchat family. I am terribly sorry for your loss.

Study Group Daled - 18 days ago

Dear Rafi, Margola,Bryna, Josh, Rita, Charles and family, I offer the condolences of the members of Shaar Hashomayim Study Group Daled who still benefit on a monthly basis from the learning initiative started more than 40 years ago by your father and brother. He led an exemplary life, always giving to our community and asking nothing in return. His memory is a blessing. Philip Greenberg, Chairman of Shaar Hashomayim Study Group Daled

Ezra Franken - 18 days ago

It was with sadness that i heard the news of the passing of your beloved Father, Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat. Over a long life Rabbi Shuchat brought inspiration and a love of Yiddishkeit to thousands, and this will live on for many generations to come. Baruch Dayan Emet.

Alexandra Raginsky Hersh Edwards - 18 days ago

Dear Suchat family, I have been out of Montreal for 52 years, my family were members of his congregation. Rabbi was such a special man and connect with us even during our early Hebrew School days. I have tried to seek a congregation like I grew up with but absolutely no one measured up to our rabbi. My deepest sympathy and I feel so priveledged to have him when I was young. He holds a special place in my heart

Esti Mayer - 18 days ago

Few people live as beacons of light to to their communities. Fewer still remain radiant and influential even after they depart. Rabbi Shuchat left an indellible mark upon the Jewish community in Canada and beyond. He was a generous mentor and guide of people, he was at one humble and formidable. It was a privilege to have known him and to have imbibed of his wisdom. The world is a better place, peoples’ lives are better, thanks to him. May his family find solace in recognizing the blessings Rabbi Shuchat brought us all. May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion. And may the good Rabbi rest in peace.

Karen & Michael Sanders - 18 days ago

Sincerest condolences to the entire Shuchat family. Rabbi Wilfred was our second cousin. He was a classmate and friend of my (Karen) father at McGill. He was widely respected and loved by the community and his family. He left a sterling legacy and will long be remembered by all who knew him.

karen and Murray Vasilevsky - 18 days ago

Dearest Bryna and Josh, Raffi, Margola, Rita, Elliott and Cheryl and families. It is with great sadness that we write these words. You know our hearts are with you. Murray and I felt so blessed to have Rabbi Shuchat and his late dear wife Miriam, and family as our next-door neighbours at Loon Lake for so many years. He was an exemplary leader at our Shul in Loon Lake. His absence will leave a huge void. As a neighbour in the country we were so lucky to get to know him as a friend. I had never met a person or rabbi like him. Exceptionally wise and extremely humble, loving and totally devoted to his family and God. He had a charming understated sense of humour. When he spoke eloquently with his unique booming voice, we felt God"s presence. He had a great impact on my heart and spirit. I have always called him my hero and inspiration. A shining light and giant among us whose spirit will be with us forever. May your memories, family and friends comfort you in your grief. We love you Karen and Murray Vasilevsky

Morris Maron - 18 days ago

Dear Shuchat family. My deepest condolences on the loss of Rabbi Shuchat, Baruch Dayan Emet. He was a wonderful, remarkable man. My mother and I were privileged to be part of his extended family and have many fond memories of those times we shared together. He leaves behind an amazing legacy. Wishing the family no more sorrows and only simchas on the future. Morris

Josie and Arthur Roskies - 18 days ago

Dear Bryna, Josh, Margola , Raffi and Rita, What a great loss not only to your family, but to the entire Shaar community and Montreal Jewry to have lost such a personality. I have known the Rabbi from the first days he came to our synagogue in the 1940's, and worked with him in founding Daled, the oldest still existing study group of the Shaar. In all my many contacts with him he was invariably knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, In fact I considered him a good friend. My wife, Josie, was in love with the late Miriam, z"l, with whom she was very close. May you be comforted by knowing the high regard he was held by all who knew him. May his memory be a blessing. Josie and Arthur Roskies

Malkinson Family - 18 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, It is with heavy hearts that we offer our deepest sympathies on your immeasurable loss. There are not enough words to express the profound impact that Rabbi Shuchat has had on so many of our lives. Please know that his legacy will forever be a part of our synagogue, as well as the greater Jewish community of Montreal and Israel. We add the prayer that those who mourn be spared further sorrow. Sincerely, The Malkinson Family

Moshe Grussgott - 18 days ago

I remember Rabbi Shuchat as the consummate mensch - a scholar and a gentleman - and an exemplar of rabbinic dignity. I'll always be grateful for how graciously he welcomed my family to the Shaar and made us feel at home there. Yehi Zichro Baruch

Lena and Lionel Teitelbaum - 18 days ago

Our family was very saddened to hear of the passing of our beloved Rabbi Shuchat. I had the privilege of acquainting myself with the rabbi as roommates at the Catherine Booth Hospital. He was a gentle and kind man who wished to continue living in his Jewish traditional way. My fondest memory was the lighting of the Hannukah candles in our shared hospital room and singing all the songs in Hebrew, Yiddish and English, with his children, including the song Baruch Atoh, his favourite song. Also, Shabbat and Havdallah services conducted by his son Rafi. As a longstanding member of the Shaare Zedek Congregation, my Yiddish tradition was revitalized by this humble and devoted man. May the family be strengthened in this difficult time. Lena and Lionel Teitelbaum

Vivian and Brahms E. Silver - 18 days ago

Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat lived a life of meaning and purpose in service to G-d and humanity. He was the epitome of, "A MAN OF VALOUR". To his family and to Congregation Shaar Hashomayim we extend our heartfelt condolences. May his memory ever be for blessing.

Lyon and Cybele Hamburg - 18 days ago

Our deepest regrets on the passing of the rabbi. He led a most impressive life with a legacy of influence on countless members of the community. May his memory be a blessing. With regrets, Lyon and Cybele Hamburg

Steven Schachter - 18 days ago

Dear Bryna and family, You dad was such an amazing and gentle man. May you always hold on to the great memories of him.

Deanna and David Mendelson - 18 days ago

Boruch Dayan Ha'emet Yehi zichro boruch.

ShirleyFrajmanSchrier - 18 days ago

My sincerest condolences to the Shuchat family. Fondly, Shirley

Evelyn Shrier - 18 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family.. It was a sad message that we received to tell us of the loss of Rabbi Shuchat...Our sympathy goes to his dear family, to the Shaar family and to all who loved and respected him...I have a clear view from my seat, over the machitzah to be able to watch the rabbi davening, and for that reason I will miss him... Rest In Peace , Rabbi... Evelyn Shrier and Henry Geniele...

Colette Chomski - 18 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family: On behalf of the Chomski Family, we would like to extend our sincere condolences on the sad passing of Rabbi Shuchat. I was privileged to have had many visits from Rabbi Shuchat when I was sick, always with much compassion. Three Bar-mitzvah boys, Joseph, Emmanuel and Jonathan have fond memories of the great man he was. He touched everyone's life including Claude z'l.

Rabbi Allan Nadler - 18 days ago

Dear Margola, Bryan, Rav Raphael and Rita, It was with deep sadness that I hear of the passing of your father/brother, and my 'moreh derech' in the rabbinate and cherished elder colleague, Rabbi Dr. Shuchat, zatsal. His departure from our world marks the end of an era in the history of Montreal and Canadian Jewry and of our beloved Shaar Hashomayim's rabbinate. It was my great honour and privilege to have served decades ago as his assistant and associate rabbi and for a brief period as his unworthy heir. I was both humbled and awed when he asked me to replace him, as I knew that I could never do honor to his legacy of a half century of remarkably devoted, indeed stoic dedication to the Shaar. Among the hundreds of memories that flooded my heart upon hearing of his petirah -- likely because I send my prayers and wishes to you from Jerusalem, ir he'avelim veha'nicumim -- was how upon return from his frequent visits to Medinat Yisrael, no matter what the hour, from midnight to 5 AM, he would never miss the morning minyan and his daily glass of tomato juice, to say nothing of mincha/maariv, jetlag-schmetlag...This was just one of so many examples of his remarkable love and commitment to the Shaar, and devotion to its traditions, and members. I had never seen anyone quite like it among my rabbinical colleagues those 36 years ago, a fortiori in our times. He was truly a Lion of the Rabbinate and an exemplar worthy of emulation not only in Montreal and Canada but throughout the world. This devotion to the Shaar hardly ended with rabbi Shuchat's retirement. Quite the contrary! Regardless of the fierceness of the climate, the growing disapbilities as he so gracefully aged, his loss of vision, the difficulty walking, he spent the almost four decades since his retirement arriving first to the minyanim, WALKING to shul even on the most bitterly cold Shabbatot, and never, ever complaining; such was his personal elegance, stoicism combined with the legendary dedication and stubbornness of the Litvack - descendent of the Vilma Gaon-- that he was. It was a great privilege to have had the joy of davening with him for much of e past year since my retirement and return to Montreal, and to the Shaar Hashomayim, where his legacy will live on. That said, even into his 99th year he arrived in shul well before I. It would not be inaccurate, and yet not appropriate, to say "they broke the mold" when he entered this world, as his impact on the lives of so many and his molding of the high standards of Yiddishkeyt unique to our city, whose criteria were set for most of the past century by Rav Shuchat. Yehi Zikhro Baruch. So sorry I cannot be with you in this sad time, but I send my condolences from Tsiyon. Warmly, Allan Nadler

Frances (Lax) Plisell - 18 days ago

To the Shuchat family: I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the whole family. I was a friend of Rita and Wilfred (and Joan) since elementary school and have fond memories of our childhood together. Frances Lax Plisell

Hadas (Even-Hen ) and yarom Pinckovich - 18 days ago

We are so saddened by the news of the passing of the unique and special Rabbi Shuchat. He was such a special individual and Rabbi..he left such an impact on anyone who he would meet. He taught us so much about the value of life and loving am Israel. He was one of the greatest in our generation and he will be terribly missed. I enjoyed editing and helping him with his books and learnt so much from the hour a week I spent with him and will cherish it always. BDE

Annie Tobias - 18 days ago

Dear Margola, I was sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father. He was a towering figure -- a compassionate man with a sharp mind right up until his passing. I remember how my late parents always spoke of your dad with the highest esteem. Wishing you and your siblings comfort at this time of sorrow. Annie

Hirsh and Stephen Kwinter - 18 days ago

It was with great sadness that we learned of Rabbi Shuchat's passing. Rabbi Shuchat officiated at our parent's wedding in 1947 and my mother's funeral in 1977 and my father's in 2001. At our father's funeral, Rabbi Shuchat spoke reflectively and emotionally about bearing witness to a life cycle and the inconsolable loss of a parent. Through his long career and service to the community, Rabbi Shuchat demonstrated humility, kindness and compassion. He will be greatly missed.

tammy rubin & jerry spinak - 18 days ago

Dear Schuchat Family, affectionately and with great sadness ,Jerry and I extend our sincerest condolences to you and all who mourn with you. . Rabbi Schuchat has been such an integral part of my family's life -always there for all of us - for events too numerous to count. Cherish your memories.

Arlene Granich Rosen - 18 days ago

Dear Schuchat family: I send my deepest condolences on the sad passing of your beloved father, grandfather, brother, son, wonderful husband to your late mom, friend to ALL. I had the HONOUR and PRIVILEGE of witnessing the constant devotion, love , and respect several times a week for 10 years , that your father gave to your late mom. It was ALWAYS about Miriam’s well-being, comfort, and unselfishly, not his own. Add to his devotion, was the never-ending support that he received from his involved children, grandchildren, both near and very far out-of-town. I, as only a visitor, was in AWE of your team effort. Shabbat meals, hol.idays, Succah parties, Pesach near the synagogue, was not a problem for RABBI. It was what he did for his wife, and family, and what he did for his whole community. I wish all of you continued good health, strength to get through your sadness . May wonderful memories of Rabbi and Miriam, in time, help ease your sorrow now. Sincerely, Arlene Granich Rosen

Robyn and Ari Brojde - 18 days ago

On behalf of the entire Brojde family, we would like to extend our deepest condolences on the passing of Rabbi Shuchat.

Marla & Perry Birman - 18 days ago

A little over 38 years ago, Rabbi Shuchat officiated at our wedding. Our preceding meetings with him left us with impressions of a sober, serious, and thoughtful man. A RABBI in every sense of that word. Greatness. Our marriage has endured the test of time, and certainly the wise council of Rabbi Shuchat didn't hurt. Jewish Montreal has lost an icon. May his legacy live on as an inspiration. Baruch Dyan Emet.

The Wechsler Family - 18 days ago

Dearest Bryna, Josh, Margola, Rafi and family, We feel so very fortunate to have known your father and to have been a part of your lives these many years. Your beloved father will be in our hearts forever. Our deepest condolences, The Wechsler Family

Linda Zlatkin - 18 days ago

Dear Margola, My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Father! May your memories of him sustain you at this difficult time! Sincerely, Linda Zlatkin

Sandy &Eli Kogut - 19 days ago

Dear Bryna and families Thinking of you at this time.hoping the fond memories will sustain you.

Errol Feldman - 19 days ago

Sincerest condolences to all the Schuchat family. I remember. Wonderful memories of my Bar Mitzvah Rabbi 22 September 1951. Then Bimah Bocher every Shabbat for a number of years, and Chief Usher until about 1956.

Frank Guttman - 19 days ago

My sincerest condolences to he Shuchat family;

FILIPEANU LAURENTIA DANA - 19 days ago

Baruch Dayan Emet

Lita Alper - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family so sorry to hear of the Rabbi’s passing will miss him as a neighbor he was always such a gentleman

Ellen Joy and Raphael Fleming - 19 days ago

Rabbi Shuchat was a very special person who attended services every morning and every evening. Each sermon was recited without any papers or notes. His voice was very unique and never wavered. He was our Rabbi for our Bar Mitzvah 70 years ago and once again 70 years later he celebrated with the same group of boys. Condolences to the family. He was a very special person and was a true and honest gentleman, wise and a real mensch.

Angie Nevard - 19 days ago

Dearest Bryna and family, My deepest sympathies to you on this very sad loss. His presence at the Shaar was an inspiration. Sending you love.

Rhona Vosko Kessner - 19 days ago

Dear Rita and the Schuchat Family, my sincere condolences you and to the family on the passing of Rabbi Schuchat. Fondly, Rhona

Millie Pearson - 19 days ago

Dearest Bryna Josh Margola Rafi and entire family How very fortunate we all were to have had the rabbi in our lives Such a special man in so many ways Such a wonderful husband One that all can learn from Such an amazing father grandfather Leader and friend Donnie z’ and I were truly blessed A great loss. I am sorry I won’t be at the funeral since I am out of town. on behalf of our entire family Baruch Dayan Emet Sending hugs and prayers for a long and healthy life

Eleanore and Bryant Levy - 19 days ago

Dear Rita and the Shuchat Family So very sorry to have read of the passing of Rabbi Shuchat.We have very fond memories of him especially on June11 1967when he officiated at our wedding.We will always have a soft spot in our hearts for him.May he Rest In Peace Fondly Eleanore and Bryant Levy

Art Levitt - 19 days ago

Our deepest sympathies to the entire Shuchat Family Our families go back over 65 years. In1949 Rabbi Shuchat was my rabbi at my barmitzvah. May he Rest In Peace. Marion and art

Isabelle Katz - 19 days ago

Our deepest condolences to the family

Jackie Freedman - 19 days ago

Dear Rita and Shuchat family,Sincere sympathy on the passing of our beloved Rabbi who officiated at all of our family milestones.May you be comforted by knowing how highly esteemed and respected Rabbi Shuchat was.Jackie Freedmanand family

Shlomo Ben ezra - 19 days ago

Rabbi Shuchat family. Condoleances. When people asked me how Jews survived beyond 2000 years. I used to tell them go and see rabbi Shuchat. He personified what and who is a Jew!

Myrna & Jeff Danson - 19 days ago

Dear Family: Please accept our sympathy in the loss of a wonderful man, Rabbi, and neighbour at 200 Lansdowne. We will miss seeing him on a daily basis....

David Josephson - 19 days ago

A very sad day. Rabbi Shuchat was a wonderful man who embodied the Shaar with his unfailing dignity and grace. He was a formidable presence as he stood at the pulpit, and his voice was unforgettable. He was also a dear friend to our family through four generations. My brother Gerald and I will miss him.

Dorothy Lackstone - 19 days ago

Dear family of Rabbi Shuchat, my deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your amazing father. Rabbi Shuchat's influence and leadership is woven through my whole life at Shaar Hashomayim. I have vague memories of when I was a little girl at the Foundation School and a wave of anticipation filled the synagogue at the arrival of a new young Rabbi. He was a presence all the way through to my graduation from Hebrew School. He was a presence all the way through my children's education at Solomon Schechter Academy. He officiated at my marriage.A link to my past has been severed. I treasure my copy of "The Gate of Heaven". His voice remained strong and his mind quick into his later years. His sermons were relevant and imparted wisdom. We were all so blessed to have him as our Rabbi for so many years. May you all find comfort in your memories. Dorothy

EleanorFogle and PeterLoebelel - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, This is very sad news of my former rabbi and a family friend. Our graduation class 1949 was his first at the Shaar and I was in his first LTF . See p.191 in his Gates Of Heaven. He had a huge influence on us Jewishly and was very special to me and my Family. Our deepest sympathies Peter and Eleanor (Fogle) Loebel. Toronto,Ont.

Lee and Michael White - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family , We have lost a truly amazing leader of our community. Rabbi Shuchat was a very big part of our Family life. The Weissler’s Rosner’s and Whites . He will always be remembered by our Family . Our deepest sympathy . Lee and Michael White

Eli Krantzberg - 19 days ago

I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. That night when we met in the Montreal General Hospital emergency ward two weeks ago was intense. And it was in no small part due to your care, compassion, love, and advocacy that he made it through that night. May you eventually find comfort in your memories of a lifetime together with him. Your friend from MGH emergency, Eli Krantzberg

Daniel Gaisin - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat family My first involvement with Rabbi Wilfred was the spring of 1949, he was still single and prepping me for my Bar Mitzvah. His patience and empathy towards me carried on even when I was away in Israel, and especially in greasing the wheels for my move to Toronto in 1962. He meant so much to me that my fiancee and I went to the Shaar for my special pre-marital aliyah. He was a 'mensch' and his impact on the Shaar Hashomayim family as well as the greater Westmount community is something to be emulated. Our condolences and prayers that God extend His comfort to all of you. Rest peacefully, old friend. Danny & Terry Gaisin Hamilton, ON

Yonah Berman - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, Rabbi Shuchat was many wonderful things - a consummate professional, a talmid chacham, and in my experience, one of the best examples of the way a dignified person and Jew should live each day. May his strength inspire us all and be a blessing for the Jewish people and all humanity. Thank you for sharing him with us all!

Dr. Lois Baron - 19 days ago

Dear Schuchat family, Who would have thought growing up at the Shaar that Rabbi Schuchat would have become my spiritual leader for most of my life. From my visits to the “big shul” to sit with my late mother, to my Bat Mitzvah and Shaar graduation ceremony, Rabbi Schuchat became MY voice of the Shaar. I told him that on many occasions and in his humble way he thanked me. There was a certain resonance in his voice that I’ve always identified with the Shaar. We at the Shaar have been so privileged for so long. May G-d comfort the family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Michael Chernick - 19 days ago

It was an enormous pleasure to have known Rabbi Shuchat, even late in his career, and as are other Shaar members, I express my sincere condolences to his family. His memory will be blessed and his contributions to our synagogue's history will long endure.

Norm and Harriet Weinstein - 19 days ago

To the Shuchat family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Rabbi Shuchat. His spirituality, empathy, and wisdom touched the souls of all who had the honour to know him. He will be greatly missed.

Edward Levitt - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, We are very sad to hear about the passing of the Rabbi. He was an important person in my life and the entire Levitt family. How fortunate we are to be related to the Shuchat family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan and Edward Levitt.

Anthony Rubin - 19 days ago

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the entire Shuchat family on the passing of the esteemed Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Rabbi Wilfred Shuchat. Rabbi Shuchat had more than a 70-year association with the Congregation and was so much a part of the growing-up process for so many of the members, including myself. Rabbi Shuchat was a very gentle and humble soul, and I always found his sermons to be most inspiring. Now residing in Toronto for many years, what I miss most about Montreal is Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and my many years of active involvement, and getting to know Rabbi Shuchat. He will be sorely missed. May his memory live on to be a blessing.

Jean-Charles le brun5f - 19 days ago

Dear shuchat family, my sincerest condolences on passing of your father. He was great scholar and kind and gentle man. I had the privilege of sharing the morning minyan with him for several years. I will miss him sorely.

Carolyn and Arnold Steinman - 19 days ago

Our most profound sympathy to the entire Shuchat Family on the loss of a remarkable Rabbi and a true gentleman. Rabbi Shuchat married us 58 years ago. All the Notkin Family were Shaar members and all of us even as children held Rabbi Shuchat in the highest of esteem. May you all be comforted knowing what a special person he was. Rest In Peace dear Rabbi Shuchat.

Judy Auerbach Kornbluth - 19 days ago

I feel like I lost part of my family today. Rabbi Shuchat has been in my life for so many years. From officiating at our wedding, at our 3 sons’ Bar Mitzvahs and coming in from out of town 7fori my Father’s funeral. He was more than a Rabbi...he was a mensch , a friend of my parents & a friend to us. His sermons remained in our hearts & minds for a longtime. Our deepest sympathies to your entire family. May his memory be a blessing. RIP. Rabbi Shuchat.

Shelley Solomon - 19 days ago

My heartfelt condolences to the Shuchat Family. 4 generations of my family were blessed to hear his meaningful and insightful sermons. We will be eternally grateful for his support of my mother's work, endorsing the establishment of the Mona Elaine Adilman Lectureship on the Environment (18 wonderful years). May his memory inspire us to work toward making this a better world.

Anna Amzallag and family - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, Our deepest condolences on the loss of a very special, kind and gentle man. Although it has been years that I worked at the Shaar Hashomayim, I will always cherish the lovely memories of Rabbi Dr. Wilfred Shuchat. As well, we had the privilege of him officiating at many of our family weddings. May the memories you shared, live in your hearts forever. BDE. Anna Amzallag and family

Mickey Stern - 19 days ago

Sincere condolences to the Schuchat family : The community has suffered the loss of a wonderful Rabbi who leaves a legacy of "EMMES" and " menchlachkeit "

Franceen Goodman Finesilver - 19 days ago

So very sad to read this sad news.To the whole Shuchat Family,,my mother,Ruth Goodman was part of his Bible Study group many many years ago.My siblings and I attended Hebrew School at the Shaar and I had my group Bat Mitzvah there..Rabbi Shuchat officiated my wedding.May he Rest In Peace.Warmly,Franceen

Rhonda Finegold - 19 days ago

Dear Margola, Bryna and Rafi, I just heard the sad news on the passing of your dad. My deepest condolences may you spare no more sorrow. Your dad was a true tzaddic. May his neshama have an Aliyah.

Allison Lightstone-Gold - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat family, Our deepest sympathies to each and all of you on the loss of your dad, brother, uncle, grandfather, friend and rabbi. The Montreal & Shaar community was truly blessed to have him as part of "the family" for so many wonderful years. May the memory of his life live in your hearts forever. Allison, Norman, Ashley & Lucas

Guita Hyman - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, My sincerest and heartfelt condolence on the passing of a special and gentle man and scholar.Guita Hyman

Paula Sacks - 19 days ago

Baruch Dayan Emet

natalie rose constantine - 19 days ago

Dearest Bryna and entire Shuchat and Landes family Your father will live on in our hearts forever We have known him as our dear Rabbi and have many fond Memories of all the family functions he officiated at including our batmitvahs and wedding and more! We also had the privelege to know him as a private man .. a wonderful dad who was wise and kind And non judgemental .. May you all find comfort and strength st this Sad time The Constantine family

Moshe Malka - 19 days ago

BDE. I have appreciated Rabbi Shuchat only lately and he will be very missed. Shabbat shalom. Chaya and Moshe

Yosef R. - 19 days ago

To the Schuchat family: My sincere condolences on your loss. I had the privilege of working for him for a number of years from 2011. He was such a brilliant man, and I will miss him dearly.

Barry Gelman - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, It is with great sadness that I heard about Rabbi Shuchat's passing. I have wonderful memories of my time at the Shaar with him. I learned so much from him, mostly about what it means to be a mensch. I recall his masterful High Holiday sermons (given by heart!) and the regal way in which he carried himself. Rabbi Shuchat brought great dignity to the Rabbinate in general and to the Shaar in particular. Montreal and the Shaar were truly blessed to have him in their midst for so many years. I feel truly blessed to have known him. Yehi Zichro Baruch.

David Miller - 19 days ago

A true tzaddik. BDE.

Greg Lipper - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat family, I want to offer my deepest sympathies on the passing away of Wilfred. I feel very close to the whole family. I have been close friends with Bryna and Raffi for decades. I spent a good deal of time at the family house on Roslyn, and Raffi and I saw a lot of each other when I lived in Israel. Wilfred was a legendary figure in the history of the Shaar, where I grew up, and we will all miss him. It is not an exaggeration to say that Wilfred had a tremendous impact on who I am today, most notably his advice me and my parents so many years ago to defer moving to Israel by a year so that I could attend a year of college in the US, but to allow it if I still wanted to go after that. The rest is history as they say...

Irene lipper - 19 days ago

Dear shuchat family, we are so sad to read of our dear rabbis passing. We send love and healing hugs to you all. Such a modest, intelligent man who was with us from childhood and who was our spiritual leader for so many life events. We cherish the memories and we will have him with us in our hearts and minds forever. And of course we have his books! Special thoughts of his close relationship with mother, Rosetta Elkin. Forever grateful for so many important moments in our lives. Stephen and Irene lipper

Ron & Carla Vineberg - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat family, We extend our deep and heartfelt condolences to each and to all of you on the loss of a treasured father, brother, man and Rabbi. I am no longer a young man, and my grandfather was younger than I am today when Rabbi Shuchat first came to Shaar Hashomayim, so it would not be a stretch to say that he has been a lifetime Rabbi to our family. Through the years, he has inspired profound respect, pride and admiration within our congregation and within an entire community. He was an extraordinary person who will be warmly remembered and very much missed by all who had the good fortune and privilege to know him. Carla & Ronnie Vineberg

David Kauffman - 19 days ago

Our community has lost a kind and gentle soul, a quiet and devoted leader, a true rabbi and gentleman. Donna-Lee and David Kauffman

Reisa and Bruce Vineberg - 19 days ago

Dear Shuchat family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear father and brother and our dear Rabbi. A special man who played a positive role throughout my life. He shared and officiated at all my life changing events, and with his non judgemental approach, he was a constant source of inspiration. May his memory live on in all he reached. Rest in peace Rabbi Shuchat.

Carole Prussin Blank - 20 days ago

Dear Shuchat Family, Words can not express the profound sadness and sorrow I feel reading of our dear rabbi's passing. Rabbi Shuchat was my precious link to my past, having known my grandparents, parents and siblings. I recall conversations with your mother about his booming voice, his wisdom and the comfort he gave us on so many occasions over the years. The "young" rabbi, my mother and her ilk used to call him and when I spoke to him about it he told me not to change the title! He will be greatly missed. I join you in your sorrow. Sincerely, Carole and family