Shimon Aviel

Funeral Service: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Private Graveside
Shiva: Strictly Private Shiva. Thank you for respecting the family's wishes.
The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, (514) 343-8723, or online, 

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Tova and Shlomo Shimon - 2 days ago

Dear Aviel Family, We were saddened to hear about the passing of your dear Shimon ז״ל. We go back many years in our aquaintance with hוm as colleagues, first at Even Shmuel regional school (1971-72) and then for many years in Montreal. The many condolences from his numerous students is testimony to the powerful impact he had on almost two generations of Herzliah students and beyond. May you be comforted in them memories of the good times you shared with him and the love and appreciation of his students and colleagues. May you be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem! Tova and Shlomo Shimon

Christine Ghawi - 4 days ago

My sincerest condolences to dear Tova and all the Aviel Family. Shimon was an angel in my life. I will always honour how he believed in me and gave me my big break. Thank you Shimon for believing in me, I will always remember your smile with love in my heart.

Jeremy Levett - 5 days ago

Moreh Aviel was an unforgettable part of my high school journey, and has personally influenced much of my growth. He was a humble, joyful, and passionate mentor, teacher, and friend. Moreh Aviel taught me so much, both personally and professionally, and was a constant source of support. Under his tireless dedication and mentorship, we travelled across North America and succeeded in halachic case competitions year after year. We shared unforgettable moments of laughter and joy, and have forged timeless memories. His perseverance, belief in students, passion, and commitment to success have empowered generations of students to thrive. Moreh Aviel always far exceeded his professional responsibilities, and nurtured a personable, warm, and protective touch for the students he was dedicated to. Throughout high school, Moreh Aviel was committed to developing my expressive voice, and always had a strong sense of reverence for my work and belief in my potential. I will forever cherish all that he has imparted on me. I owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his timeless dedication to my success. To the Aviel family, this is an unimaginable loss, the weight of which is difficult to bear. I wish you much courage, faith, and strength in mourning his passing. I am confident our Moreh Aviel watches from above, and continues to live through the generations he has impacted. Thank you for everything, Moreh Aviel. We will continue to make you proud. Barouch Dayan Haemet.

Dean Mendel - 5 days ago

My deepest sympathies to the family. I learned so much from Mr. Aviel as a student at Herzliah in the early 80s. He taught me to love the Hebrew language, and he was my inspirational mentor when I led school plays. I will never forget him. May his memory be a blessing. Baruch Dayan Emet.

Erin Yardley-Jones - 7 days ago

Sending my deepest condolences to the Aviel family. I’ve been lucky enough to have Shimon as my agent for the past 2 years and throughout this time I have learnt so much . One of the most wonderful things about Shimon was that he always gave emerging artists a chance, a rare thing in this industry. So when he took a chance on me I felt incredibly grateful. He always took his time with each of his actors and truly cared for them. I feel SO LUCKY to have been mentored by someone who constantly encouraged me with inspiring words and stories. He truly believed in me and I am SO thankful. May his memory live on. - Erin Yardley-Jones

Rodi Benzion - 7 days ago

Dear Tova and Family, My sincere condolences on the passing of Shimon. Our friendship started at Herzliah in the late 70’s. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Shimon will never be forgotten. Sincerely, Rodi

Lisa Little - 7 days ago

My condolences to the entire Aviel family. Moreh Aviel was my teacher for most of my time in high school. He was brilliant and interesting and would make every effort to teach us something new and different. However, when I think of Moreh Aviel, one of the things I most remember is how kind he was. I think he remains one of the kindest people I have ever met. May his memory be a blessing.

Greg Kobernick - 8 days ago

I am so sorry for you loss at this time. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family during this time.

Bonnie E Gould Rothberg - 9 days ago

My sincerest condolences to the entire Aviel family. My fondest memories of Mar Aviel are not from the Stage but from my 1980s Talmud classes at Herzliah High School. He taught us how the Halacha was the first zoning board to require fencing around rooftop balconies among other pearls. I am forever in debt to 11th grade culminating project where he challenged us to compare a debate/framework as presented in the Talmud with the parallel concept in another religion. My kids love hearing the story of my effort at comparing reincarnation in the Jewish tradition with that in Hinduism...and how I had the chutzpah to then submit that essay to Princeton University. ברוך דין האמת. May his memory always be a blessing.

Simi ( Ben -Tovim) Feigen - 9 days ago

BDE... My condolences to the Aviel family . I fondly remember Shimon Z”L and Tova way back in Montreal during the 70s and 80s. They were good friends and colleagues at Herzliah of my late father Aharon and my late mother Leah Z”L Ben - Tovim . המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים May the Aviel family be spared further sorrow.. Simi ( Ben -Tovim) Feigen — Los Angeles, CA

Robert haig Coxon - 9 days ago

Condolences to your family. He was a great man, a great agent for my wife Lina Chenier and my daughters, Tiah Coxon and Anouk Coxon. Thank you Shimon Aviel for you wonderful contribution to the film and television industry. Blessings on your new journey in heaven.

Wally Levitt & Beth Gamulka - 9 days ago

For those of us who were students at Herzliah in the '80s, Mr. Aviel was a central figure in our high school experience. We both had the great fortune to have him as a teacher, and to also work closely with him on many school plays and song festivals. He had deep impact on a generation of young Montrealers. May his memory be a blessing.

Jacob and Michael Markel - 9 days ago

Our condolences on the loss of you husband, father and grandfather. I had the pleasure of having had Shimon as a teacher when he first came to Herzliah in the late 70’s. I also spent many hours working together on his shows even after graduating, and maintained contact for many years afterwards. I had the pleasure of having him recite Kiddush at our home after services on Rosh Hashanah for several years, and we got to enjoy his beautiful voice. About 40 years later, my son had the privilege of having Shimon as his teacher, so we both were able to benefit from his wit and good nature. BDE

Rebecca Katz - 9 days ago

My sincerest condolences. Shimon was a kind and funny teacher, and such a fixture in the Herzliah community. May his memory be a blessing.

Jason Essebag - 9 days ago

Moreh Aviel was my high school teacher. I remember his sense of humor, dedication and talent, especially classes where he let us improvise. My sincere condolences to the Aviel Family.

Lauren Tatner - 9 days ago

My sincere condolences to Shimon's family and loved ones. I feel very fortunate to have known Shimon- a very kind, generous, honest, talented, and special person. Shimon touched so many lives and had such a positive impact on our community. Sending love, Lauren

Maxime Giroux - 9 days ago

Sincerest condolences to Tova and the rest of the family on behalf of the ADCQ. We all worked with Shimon and appreciated collaborating with him. Maxime Giroux

Ethel Chaya Igel - 9 days ago

Dear Shira and Aviel Family, I'm so very sorry for the sudden passing of your father. Although I didn't know him personally, I'm reading such wonderful things that people are writing on this page. May his neshama get a high aliyah to shomayim, and may you and your family know no more sorrow, Shira. As we miss davening in the Rinat Yisrael shtibel, I miss seeing you, Shira, walking along Mackle. My deepest condolences on your great untimely loss. Ethel Chaya Igel

Chana Perlstein - 10 days ago

Dear Ayala and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My sincere condolences. May Hashem console you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Chana

Mollye Reisler - 10 days ago

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family for your very recent loss. Shimon was a central figure in our community for years and he will certainly be sadly missed by many.

Shawn Zelig Aster - 10 days ago

To the Aviel family, my sincere condolences on the loss of a very gifted and special man. Mr Aviel was my teacher at Herzliah Snowdon many years ago. His classes were organized and structured, and I use the grammar lists he gave us to teach Hebrew grammar to my kids. He was best known for his contributions to drama, but the "rest of us," who were not involved in drama, also remember him well. I was glad to see that he enjoyed his grandchildren. המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

Andrew Zadel - 10 days ago

This is so very sad and such a tremendous loss for the community. Shimon had a true passion for the craft of acting, and he could often be seen at theatre shows and class presentations looking for undiscovered talent. He gave so many of us our first chance in the industry, and his guidance was very precious to me. It was always great talking to him, and I always walked out of his office with a smile on my face. He had a very positive energy and a generous soul. Rest in peace, Shimon. Your time with us was too short, but you did a lot of good for a lot of people.

Raizel Candib - 10 days ago

My sincerest condolences to the Aviel family on the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and teacher, Shimon.

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Ben Peters - 10 days ago

Dear Aviel Family, Please accept my deepest condolences. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to have Shimon as an agent. In the years I have know him, he taught me so much. It was always such a privilege to receive a phone call from Shimon. He would make me laugh and he would always push me to do my best. His encouragement and eagerness to help others is profoundly inspiring. Speaking to others who knew him, it is so beautiful to see the impact he has had and how he has touched so many lives. I would like to send my love and condolences to Tova, Shira and the Aviel family, he will be missed.

Howie Silbiger - 10 days ago

I first met Shimon when he commandeered my office in the Herzliah High School library to isolate a group of students who were working on their strategy for Moot Beit Din. When I approached the office, Shimon, who was sitting in the library got up from his seat, walked over to me and told me I couldn’t go in. This was the genesis of a great friendship. Shimon and I spent hours talking about life, music, art, movies, theatre, Judaism, law and so many other things. When I was organizing Shabbatonim, Shimon, while waiting for his perpetually late Moot beit Din Students would pepper me with suggestions on where to take the students, on activities to plan that would be fun and educational and most importantly (at least to him!) theatre suggestions for Toronto and New York. After my departure from Herzliah, Shimon and I would occasionally run into each other, each time turning into a half hour conversation. He was easy to talk to and always had great advice and fun stories. The last time I saw Shimon was about a year ago in the Jewish General Hospital emergency waiting room. Tova had gotten sick and he was worried about her. We spoke for a while, she was called in and as he helped her go to the examination room, he turned around and wished me a refuah shlema. I really enjoyed talking with Shimon, his loss is great. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion.

ReenaEisman - 10 days ago

Dear Ayala and family. I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your father. Please accept my sincerest condolences at this difficult time. Reena Eisman

Lila Ary - 10 days ago

Our deepest condolences to the aviel family. Shimon was very kind to us and always had our best interest at heart. We are so sorry for your loss and wish you every comfort during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. From Félix Lortie and family

Rena Herman - 10 days ago

Dear Tova, Ayala, and family, I am so sad to hear of Shimon's passing. He was a big influence during my high school years at Herzliah High School. He was my teacher, my director, and always my friend. Song Festivals and musical shows, performing at Expo Theatre just to name a few. He was always ready to put on a show, giving so generously of his time. And he would drive groups of us home in his old Cadilac. After high school, I met up with him again in Beth Tikva Players 'Once Upon a Stage', and then founded a youth theatre at Adath Israel Synagogue. He then became involved with DWYT, where out paths continued to cross. You will truly be missed. Rena

Rosina Bucci - 10 days ago

My heartfelt condolences to Tova and the family. I had the pleasure of working with Shimon both in his capacity as a talent agent and as an actor. I thought he was an excellent actor and told him so many times. We have lost a valued member of our artistic community. Ayala, you spoke so beautifully today; your Daddy would be proud of you. Rest well, dear Shimon. You will be missed. Rosina Bucci

Linda Leiberman - 10 days ago

My deepest condolences on this very sad occasion. I was privileged to work with Moreh Aviel for many years at Herzliah High School. His passion was evident in every interaction we had with him. He will be missed by all who knew him. May you happy memories of him be a comfort to you all. Fondly, Linda Leiberman

Vera Miller - 10 days ago

Condolences to Tova and the whole Family. Nadia and I loved working with Shimon. He was a great guy and we will remember him always. RIP dear Shimon

Samara O'Gorman - 10 days ago

I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Shimon. Every phone call we had was full of kindness, warmth and inspiration. Not only was he a hardworking agent, but also a caring friend. On Friday, we shared a conversation that touched me profoundly; he articulated how important my kindness project was to him, and implored me to continue my journey as an actress, but also- "change the world with kindness." Now today, shocked with the news of his passing; I'm taking his advice to heart. I'll carry his wise words of empathy with every endeavor I embark on; kindness and acting alike. My sincere condolences to the family, for he talked about you all so often; he was always a father before all else. Shimon, you created a community of artists that will love, and cherish you forever. Rest in peace you kind soul.

Samantha Mintz - 10 days ago

Dear Aviel family - I was student of Mr. Aviel's at Herzliah Saint Laurent. He inspired us to learn key Hebrew texts and always employed a dramatic flare. He worked with our then student council to produce and direct plays (dramas and musical theatre) and gave so much time and energy to his students. I am sure that his loss leaves you all with much sorrow but please know that there are many students who continue to be inspired by his teachings and love for Am Israel.

Sharon and Stanley Asher - 10 days ago

Dear Tova and all the family, Our deepest condolences on the sudden passing of Shimon z"l. We remember our wonderful discussions with Shimon, and with you, Tova, when we met at the Segal Centre and Centaur Theatre for so many opening nights. We will miss Shimon as we know so many others will as well. May your happy and loving memories of Shimon bring you, Tova, and all the family comfort and inner peace. With Love, Sharon and Stanley Asher

Dan Rubinstein - 10 days ago

Dear Aviel Family - my deepest condolences on your loss. Shimon had a tremendous impact on generations of Herzliah students, beyond the classroom, expanding our horizons and inspiring us to do more. I have fond memories of long rehearsals, complex productions that taught us leadership, management, budgeting, fundraising and teamwork. His memory is a blessing and his legacy lives on through the many students he mentored.

Roberta Ross - 10 days ago

Ayala, please accept my most sincere condolences. Thinking of you at this sad time.

Susan Tepner Novack - 10 days ago

Dear Ayala and Family, My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. I know how close you were to him so my heart is breaking for you. He was a very special man both as my children's teacher and as a kind and generous human being. May you cherish the memories you have of him as a way to keep him close to your heart as you get through difficult days ahead. Fondly, Susan and Family

Celine Bilbul - 10 days ago

Dear Aviel Family, please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. Moreh Aviel Z"L is so special, and I am so fortunate to have had him as a teacher and mentor. I know that he will be missed by all who knew him. May your memories of him always be a blessing and a comfort to you all. Baruch Dayan Haemet

Nadine Azoulay - 10 days ago

Dear Ayala and family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved father, Shimon. May you find comfort in your cherished memories, and may you know no more sorrow. Nadine

Amanda Essebag - 10 days ago

Dear Aviel Family, my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved father, husband, grandfather, and brother. Moreh Aviel was both my teacher and MBD coach throughout high school. Through his wise words, tireless dedication to his students, and sharp sense of humour, Moreh Aviel had a profound impact on all those who had the privilege of knowing him. May the memory of the meaningful life he lived and the countless lives he impacted be of comfort to you during this difficult time. He will truly be missed. BDE

Caroline Fournier - 10 days ago

I am deeply saddened for the Aviel family and for all of those who had the privilege of knowing Shimon. He was my friend, my teacher, my agent, my director and he guided me and supported me for almost 25 years. I have fond memories of filming with him, being directed by him, being his assistant and enjoying numerous shows as his plus one. He always gave me great, constructive advice with such candor and I always appreciated his honesty. Shimon, you will be deeply missed by so many of us. It is no surprise that we will all feel an emptiness in our hearts. My condolences and love to the family and to everyone who is grieving his loss.

Laurence kutler - 10 days ago

Dear Aviel family, It has been my honour to know Shimon Aviel as an educator for a decade. It is common among educators to teach students curricula, engage with them in learning and advance their knowledge in the disciplines of learning. But Shimon is not a common teacher. Shimon has demonstrated the capacity to teach students not the unit of study alone- but most importantly, how to think. This requires inductive and deductive reasoning, and an empathetic approach to students that simply sets him apart. Shimon has the ability to bring wisdom and love to texts and students. For this his students come away with the added gifts of an inspirational education and a model of inquiry based learning. Shimon brings with him the passion of an artist and the tools of a pedagogue. The world needs his uncommon presence. We are all at a great loss now. Baruch Dayan haemet

Ronit Gisser - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel family, I am so sad to hear of the passing of your very dear husband, father and grandfather, Shimon Aviel. Mr. Aviel, as he was known to me, was a beloved teacher of mine at Herzliah High School in the early '80's. He was a dynamic and engaging teacher from whom I learned so much; many of his lessons stay with me to this day. I was involved in the high school musical productions that Mr. Aviel directed with so much contagious enthusiasm. Along with his Hebrew classes, they were the highlight of my years at Herzliah. I have such fond memories of Mr. Aviel, and I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your tremendous loss. May Shimon Aviel's memory be for a blessing.יהי זכרו ברוך. May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Wishing you comfort and strength, Ronit Gisser Wiesenfeld

Pauline Grunberg - 11 days ago

Dear Ayala & family, please accept my deepest condolences for your entire family. Shimon was a special person who connected with his students and parents. He took a deep interest and built strong relationships with everyone. It was a real privilege to have known him and shared many special conversations with him as a part of the Herzliah family, both as a parent of alumni and a past board member. May he rest in peace and may the family know no more sorrow. May his memory comfort you and keep him close to you always. Pauline Grunberg Rosenberg & family

Rachelle Glait - 11 days ago

Dear Tova and family, I was very saddened to hear of Shimon’ s passing. He will be missed by so many in the theatre community. He gave of himself with all his heart. My deepest sympathy

Tania Korin and Michel Zarmati - 11 days ago

Our deepest condolences on this sad loss to all the family. Mr Aviel was a great teacher and colleague. May his memory be a blessing.

sam sheraton - 11 days ago

Shimon was a tenant in our office building for many years at 1117St Catherine West. He was a very interesting and colourful man ,with a good story to tell. He was always a mensch in our dealings . I wish my sincerest condolences to his family

Stefanie Levine-Grant - 11 days ago

Dear Mrs. Aviel and Ayala, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and father. I am very grateful for the memories that I have of him pushing me to take risks and explore on the stage. His love and passion for the theater and for his students was always evident and heartfelt. He played a pivotal role in helping me to build my esteem and confidence as a performer and these experiences helped me to become who I am today, over 30 years later. May his memory always be a blessing.

Azrieli Schools - 11 days ago

Dear Mrs. Aviel and family, We were very saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved husband and father, Shimon Aviel Z”L. Moreh Aviel was a great member of our school and he will be deeply missed. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, Administration and Staff of Talmud Torah | Herzliah, we wish to express our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. May the memory of your husband and father comfort you in the difficult days ahead and may he always be a guiding light to those who knew and loved him. Les écoles Azrieli Talmud Torah | Herzliah

Ian Mazoff - 11 days ago

A character’s character and a friend to every Tech Crew that ever was. Enjoy the next act! Z”L.

Shoshana Wilder - 11 days ago

I cannot believe you're gone, dear Shimon. But yesterday, after hearing the sad news, I took a walk, looked up to the sky and took a deep breath... And yes, something was painfully missing. You have left us and the atmosphere will never feel the same again. I am so deeply thankful, Shimon. Thankful and so lucky I had the chance to learn with la crème de la crème of agents, the rare kind who's emails are worth being printed and pinned on my fridge as a daily reminder. Thank you Shimon, for always believing in me. To have encouraged, and tough loved and even told me off when need be. I only knew you a few years, yet you were such an important pillar in my life. Can't imagine how your daughter and wife must feel. Sending you so so much love Shimon, wherever you are now. שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד

Sandy kogut - 11 days ago

Dear Tova and family, continue to make him proud through all your goodness! BDE

Tara Bissett - 11 days ago

Dear Shimon, there are no words deep enough, warm enough or loving enough to express what a difference you made to me, and to so many others. My heart breaks at the thought of never hearing your voice on the other end of the line again - I left ever conversation feeling happier and warmer inside. Something about you, your realness, your passion, your wisdom and genuine caring left a mark every time we spoke. Thank you for everything, for caring, for believing in and pushing for me and so many artists. I will always remember nervously telling you I was pregnant and would be stepping back from acting for a while, and your beautiful response: "Tara, these are the beautiful moments in life. We will dance around this". And dance we did. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. As so many have already expressed, you were a true Mensch. I will miss you. Dear Tova, Shira, Ayala and all your family, my deepest condolences to your husband and father. We are wrapping you in love and warmth during this difficult time.

David Superstein - 11 days ago

I was shocked and saddened to read of Shimon's passing. I first met Shimon during a parent interview night at Wagar high School. I was teaching his daughter Ayala at the time and during the interview Shimon asked me for some of the material I was using in Ayala's class. He impressed me as a serious educator who wanted to present his students at Herzliah with new material. Years later, I was principal of Herzliah High School (Beutel/St. Laurent campus) and Shimon was a member of the faculty teaching Drama in Hebrew. He taught his students various methods of expressing themselves using improvisations. This got the students to think. A worthy goal for any educator. My condolences to the family.

Kim Morand Zafrani - 11 days ago

Dear Ayala, My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved father. May you find strength in his legacy and may his memories be a source of joy.

Nancy Master - 11 days ago

Dear Ayala. My sincerest condolences to your and your family. May you all find strength in your father's memory and all the people he touched in his life.

Brenda Yuen - 11 days ago

Dear Ayala and family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. May good memories stay with you always and support you during these difficult times.

Wendy Kravitz - 11 days ago

Dear Ayala and family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved father. May you find strength from your loved ones during this difficult time..

Margaret & Samantha Pierotti - 11 days ago

Dear Tova, Shira, Ayala, Yossi and Family, Please except our deepest sympathies on the sudden passing of Shimon. We are truly saddened and shocked. He was a wonderful man and a dedicated agent . He will be remembered by our family fondly and missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Julia Langleben - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel family, my condolences to you on the passing of a wonderful man. Moreh Aviel coached my moot court team in 2019. He accompanied us on our trip and mentored us throughout the year. I credit my group’s success to his efforts. He was an inspiration and incredibly passionate about what he did. He constantly wanted the best for us. He was a wonderful teacher and I learned a lot from him. May he rest in peace.

Bryna Gartenberg - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel family, I remember fondly Shimon in my years as a parent at Herzliah. Both my daughters Miriam and Debbie also remember him well. May his memory be a blessing.

Sharon Moseson - 11 days ago

Dear Shira and family, My very deepest condolences on your devastating loss. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him and may you know no more sorrows.

Martin Dansky - 11 days ago

Dear Tova, Yossi, Ayala, and Shira my sincere condolences to you on the passing of Shimon. I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Shimon and have been appreciative of his great support to the arts community of Montreal for many years. Thanks to Shimon many artists have had the benefit of a career launch and have received the necessary insight into succeeding in the acting world. May his memory live on.

Clarice - 11 days ago

Shimon was a man I will never forget. He was kind, wise, sincere , funny, a very smart businessman, a person who you could talk to if you had worries, Shimon would listen and encourage you and make you feel strong again. I have known Shimon since I was 12 years old , I am 37 now. All of these years it was a privilege to be able to know him. He was a spiritual man and I admire him very much for his outlook on life. Shimon will forever have a piece of my heart. As we both see it He will be resting in Paradise now. ✨💙✨ We need to pray for him as he would and will very much appreciate it. Shimon you will forever be in my prayers . I love you Dear Shimon, a true friend and a mentor.

Arlene Ades - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel Family, It is with great sadness that I send you my deepest condolences. Shimon made a tremendous impact in my life at Herzaliah back in 1982. He was a shining light and always made me smile. He will be fondly remembered.

Susanna Agnello - 11 days ago

Our Sincere condolences for this great loss to the Aviel family.

Menahem White - 11 days ago

I am so saddened to hear of the sudden passing of my dear friend and colleague of almost 43 years, Shimon Aviel. In all those years, every interaction I had with him was always pleasant and meaningful. He was an inspiration to generations of students in the classroom and theatre. His devotion and success in training students for moot court was most remarkable. זכרו יהא ברוך לכל משפחתו לאלפי תלמידיו ולחבריו הרבים תהי נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים ולא תוסיפו לדאבה עוד

Beth Fineberg - 11 days ago

Dear Ayala and family, I was saddened to hear of the loss of your dear father. Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt condolences during this very sad time. May all your wonderful memories sustain you for a lifetime.

Tyrone Benskin - 11 days ago

Your sudden passing leaves our whole community in a stunned sadness but in time we will return and smile because of the memories the stories and the passion for this city and its artists. You will be missed, you will be mourned and you will always be remembered. Rest well dear man. 🌹

Ellen David - 11 days ago

So devastated and heartbroken to hear yesterday of the sudden passing of dear Shimon. My deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time. Shimon was the definition of a mensch... a man who acted with honour and dignity, who was kind and considerate, sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. He loved the theatre... could always be seen at every show. He loved his clients... would promote them fiercely. He was a mensch among mensches... a gutte neshuma... a good soul. He will be deeply missed by our community and those fortunate enough to have a little of his wisdom come their way. I feel blessed to have been one of those people, and these are some of the words he shared with me so very recently... “The world has changed. People don’t talk to each other. They message, they text, they Zoom. Every baby is born with a cellphone in his/her hand. At least in the performing arts we talk to each other, we look at one’s eyes and we can feel and care for each other.... We must give thanks for what we have. Not to be unhappy for what we don’t have. I hope you, and everyone who is dear to you, will survive this difficult period and will see the light coming closer to get all of us out of the miserable present. 💝 Faithfully, Shimon” May you Rest In Peace dear friend, May your memory be a blessing, and may those who were fortunate enough to know you, carry the torch of love and light that illuminated you. BH

Andy Cherniak - 11 days ago

I have just got the news. I am so incredibly sad to read this. Shimon Aviel had a very big influence on my life. He taught me in high school over 40 years ago. I also had the pleasure of starring in 3 shows (2 of them in high school, one at a local synagogue). I did not even know what a stage was when I started. But he had a wonderful patience with me and drew me out more and more, allowing my confidence and my personality to grow. He was an exceptional teacher and director. But he was also a friend. The last time I saw him was at a high school reunion in 2016, 35 years later. He was the only teacher that made it a point to drop in. I had not seen him in many years but he was easily recognizable and I gave him a big hug. We reminisced for a few minutes about the old high school days. To this day, I still consider him a very important person in my life, even though I never became an actor.

Jane Gilchrist - 11 days ago

Dear Tova, Shira, and Ayala, Through the years, I so much enjoyed visiting Shimon in his office. It was truly a pleasure to be assisted by a mensch whose advice to actors was always spot on. I have had a much more interesting life than I would otherwise have had thanks to the knowledge, skill, and good will of Shimon and the kind, well-informed assistance of Tova and Shira. I remember the fun I had at your wedding, Ayala. Please accept my sincere condolences for your great loss.

Alexandra Valassis - 11 days ago

Shimon you will be missed by so many. I can’t believe that I’ll never hear your voice again on the phone. You had such a passion. For this industry & my God, you loved your work! I’ll never forget your response when I first saw Shira in the office so I asked if you were going to retire soon & you replied, “Who’s retiring? I’m not retiring” so I said, “Well, at some point you’ll retire, I mean it’s only natural” & you said, “No, that will not happen anytime soon.” That’s when I realized how much you loved & cared about your work. I so wish that you were still here Shimon. You were the only agent that went to every single local theatre performance. You adored every single part of this industry including the stressful parts. Thank you so much for being my agent, my supporter, your patience & your belief in me all these years. “All the best” to you Shimon. My deepest condolences to Shira, Ayala, Tova & the rest of the family 🙏🌹

Victoria Barkoff - 11 days ago

Shimon was a wonderful ally to have as an agent, kind, understanding and diligent in providing opportunities for his actors to live their dream. We shared delightful conversations and much laughter. I will miss him. Condolences to Tova, Shira, Ayala and the entire family. . תְּהִי נַפְשׁוֹ צְרוּרָה בְּצְרוֹר הַחַיִּים

Dahlia Kairy - 11 days ago

My deepest condolences to the Aviel family

Esther Lackman-Fleischer - 11 days ago

Although Mr. Aviel taught me for three years at Herzliah, I have the warmest memories of auditioning for the English play and acting in the Adath Israel musicals under his direction. My deepest condolences to his family.

Anna Fuerstenberg - 11 days ago

My deepest condolences go out to Tova and the whole family. Our entire community had been hard hit by the loss of this man. He was so integral to our art and our careers and cannot be replaced. May his memory be an inspiration for generations to come.

Gordon McCall - 11 days ago

It's with a heavy heart that Eloise and I say goodbye to Shimon, one of the most generous, loyal, talented and supportive artists, agents, and friends I have known. Our connection began with Shimon and Tova attending our many productions at Centaur and staying to chat and share his insights afterwards. Then later in my tenure he became my agent and was so up until the day he left us. Tova and family, may the memories of Shimon's remarkable life bring light into the darkness of your grief. He was a good and wise man. We'll miss him very much.

Esther and Michael Rozenek - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel family, our sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Shimon. He was a trusted colleague , a devoted teacher and a role model to his students at Herzliah . We remember Shimon always with a smile. May Hashem give you strength in this difficult time. ה׳ ינחם אתכם בשאר אבלי ציון וירושלים. You should not know any more sorrow. Esther and Michael Rozenek

Zev Moses - 11 days ago

Shimon (or Mr. Aviel as I used to know him) was one of the most memorable teachers from my time at Herzliah. After years of knowing him as our drama teacher, he became our Talmud teacher, and turned that subject into a favourite for many of us. Very few of us in high school knew about his work as an agent. It was only 10 years after I graduated that an actor friend of mine mentioned that he was their agent. He positively impacted the lives of thousands across Montreal and beyond. May his memory be a blessing.

Estie Kleinfeld - 11 days ago

Dear Ayala, my sincere condolences to you and your family on the sudden passing of your father. ברוך דיין האמת, תהה נישמתו צרורה בצרור החיים

Valerie Azran Muchnick - 11 days ago

My sincere condolences to the family, Mr. Aviel was my teacher he was a great teacher. BDE

Glen Alexander Jamensky - 11 days ago

Dear Tova and family, I am very shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible news of Shimon's passing. Shimon was a very good friend, mentor and teacher. I really enjoyed our lengthy converstions about a variety of subjects at all hours of the day, via messenger and telephone. He was a very kind hearted man, a real mensch who will be deeply missed. Baruch Dayan Emet.

James Milvain - 11 days ago

A mighty tree has fallen.

Ora Amar Rubinstein - 11 days ago

בצער רב שמעתי את הבשורה הרעה והבלתי צפויה, שמעון היה אדם מוכשר שהתעניין במספר תחומים כגון : המשפט העיברי,תיאטרון וכמובן הוראת תלמידי הרצליה שמעון קשר קשרים טובים עם רוב התלמידים גם מחוץ לכתה לטובה ולכל המשפחה אני ומשפחתי משתתפים בצערכם יהי זכרו ברוך! אורה רובינשטיין

Thomas Victorio - 11 days ago

My condolences to Shimon's family and his loved ones.

Yosefa Lazar - 11 days ago

Dear Shimon Aviel family I am still in shock since I heard about Shimon's untimely passing . We have been coleagues for more than 30 years at Herz and he will be missed by all who knew him. He was a fantastic teacher and amazing coleague with a sharp sense of humour .I will always remember how he prepared our students for Moot Court competitions and always being so proud of their outstanding performances . May he rest in peace and his memory be a blessing to all . Sincerely Yosefa Lazar

Josh Kimmel - 11 days ago

My deepest condolences to the entire family. I will greatly miss my engaging conversations with Shimon, including the ones while your family was having dinner. 😥

Debra Gartenberg - 11 days ago

Sincere condolences to the Aviel family. He was a teacher I will remember fondly and I truly admired his passion for the performing arts. BDE.

Evy Kartus- Solomon - 11 days ago

Dear Tova, Shira, Ayala, Yossi, Grandchildren and other Aviel family relatives, I was saddened and shocked to hear about Shimon's sudden passing. Shimon was a wonderful man with a big and caring heart. I will always be grateful for him taking me on as a client. I learned a great deal from him . He was so knowledgable about the industry. I know he cared a great deal about his family. He was a very decent person and a real mensch! I will miss him and so will many others who knew him. My thoughts and my prayers will be with you Tova and Family during this difficult time. I hope the precious memories that you have of him give you strength and solace now and in the time to follow. May his memory be a blessing and may he rest in peace.

Ala Gamulka - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel family. I am so saddened to hear of your great loss. Shimon and I were colleagues for many years. His school productions were always outstanding and made us all so proud. Shimon left a mark on so many students. May you and yours know no more sorrow.

Eliana Raimondo - 11 days ago

My deepest sympathies to Shimon’s family. I will remember him fondly. He was very supportive to my son Daniel who is trying to build an acting career. I will always remember his honest and frank ways in guiding Daniel to do his best. Indeed a great teacher! He will be greatly missed. Special thoughts go out to Shira. I wish you lots of courage during this difficult time.

Lisa Rubin - 11 days ago

Dear Tova and family, Shimon’s passing is a great loss for all who knew him. We will feel it on opening nights when his usual seat is left empty, we will miss him at the Segal Centre. I’m thinking also of all the incredible young artists that Shimon mentored and encouraged- often being the first to see their potential and to champion them towards a career in the performing arts. Always warm and caring and hard working, I know the entire industry is shaken by his sudden passing which is a testament to the role he played in so many lives and the impact he made in our community. Our deepest condolences to the entire family. On behalf of the Segal Centre, thank you for giving us the opportunity to honour Shimon. We look forward to opening our doors again and celebrating his legacy with some of the things we know he loved- great theatre and fabulous actors, many of them your clients. May his memory forever be a blessing, baruch dayan emet

Carolyn Fe - 11 days ago

My deepest condolences to the Aviel Family. Shimon was a very special man, a true gentleman. I am grateful that our paths met. He will be greatly missed.

Emilee Veluz, Chloe and Zach Morin - 11 days ago

Our condolences and prayers to the whole Aviel family. Mr. Shimon Aviel was such a supportive agent and truly cared about us. We will miss speaking to you...Thank you for all your hard work. May you Rest In Peace ❤️

John Elliott - 11 days ago

Dear Tova, Ayala, Shira and the rest of the Aviel family, my deepest condolences on this sad and sudden loss of Shimon. Such a sudden, sad and shocking loss. Shimon was my only agent.....he was the one who convinced me to even consider becoming a professional actor after a long business career. I thank him for his caring, his devotion to the art of acting, his mentorship and his belief in what he saw in me. I never would have enjoyed this "second career" I now have without his constant support, encouragement and hard work on my behalf. Thank you Shimon from the bottom of my heart, may you rest in peace and may your memory be a blessing to your family.♥️

DINA RENON - 11 days ago

Dear Family of Shimon and friends, I am very sorry and saddened to hear the sad news. I am sending you sincere condolences thoughts and prayers. I am very proud to have him represent me. He believed in me made me a better actor. His patients and professionalism was appreciated. I am very sad. I really loved Shimon and will miss him. Shira and family please stay strong. Thank you Shimon for all your hard work and kind presence. Sincerely Dina Renon

Josa L Maule - 11 days ago

My sincerest condolences and prayers to Tova, Yossi, Ayala, Shira, Saba and Ethan, family and friends, Shimon was family to me, his respect, support and encouragement. He was always in my corner on myside, and had my back! He will be truly missed. Say not in grief 'he is no more' but in thankfulness that he was. - Hebrew Proverb

Liat Lev-Ary Goldstein and Dan Goldstein - 11 days ago

Dear Tova, Ayala and family, BDE we are sad and upset to learn of Shimon's death. Both Dan and I have many fond memories of him over the years, from our days at schools (Dan at Hertz and I studying with Ayala at Wagar and Vanier) to Dan playing on stage with him at the DWYT to both of us seeing him attending plays at the Segal Centre over the years. He was a wonderful person, of generous spirit , talented actor and outgoing. May the memories you have of him bring you all comfort and may his memory be of blessing. תנצבה ברוך דיין האמת ושל תדעו צער Liat Lev-Ary Goldstein and Dan Goldstein

Adam Bruder-Wexler - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel family, I am very sorry for your loss and wishing you all the best during these difficult times. I was fortunate enough to have Moreh Aviel coach me in the Moot Court competition and still remember the stories he told me about his talent agency business and our numerous conversations about Tanach and Moreshet class. I am grateful to have been taught by him. Baruch Dayan Emet

Genti Bejko - 11 days ago

Dear beloved family of Shimon, I am very lucky to have had him in my life not only as an agent, but more as a mentor and friend, a guide and spiritual father. Already miss our long talks. I can’t find the right words to express my feelings for him. He will live forever in my thoughts and works with his kindness and voice. Please accept my deepest and sincere condolences. May we always remember him for his great soul.

Dale Hayes and Dan Liboiron - 11 days ago

Our deepest condolences to Tova and the entire family. Shimon and I were colleagues and friends for over 30 years. He was always very supportive and encouraging to me, my family and my work. He will be greatly missed.

Stacey Eisenberg - 11 days ago

Ayala, Sarah and Ethan, Please accept my condolences on your loss. My heart goes out to all of you as I know your father and Saba was very special to you. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories of him Stacey Eisenberg

Adam Luxenberg - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel family, I was a student of Moreh Aviel’s at Herzliah. He had an impact on me. He taught me so many important lessons and values. I also had the opportunity to work directly with Moreh (always) at Herzliah as well. My sincerest condolences, I will miss him. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May his memory be for a blessing.

Benjamin T. Groisman - 11 days ago

Dear Aviel Family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I have the fortune of accumulating years of great memories with Moreh Aviel as his student. From Moot Court trips, classes he taught, lunches in the Herzliah library, visiting him at his office downtown and many more. We shared many moments of joy & laughter, and I will never forget them. Baruch Dayan Haemet.

Michael Gamliel (Gammal)w - 11 days ago

Shimone was a very nice man and he will be surely missed. It's hard to believe he has passed. We know him for years and of course yourselves. We send our sincere Condolences from our Mother Esther, Allan, David, and myself Michael. :((( Baruch Dayan Emet

Steven Schachter - 11 days ago

Dear family, I knew Mr. Aviel (i didn't call him Shimon) when he began at Herzliah and I have great memories of him. Although he never taught me he did teach my son a few years back and I know he was well-liked and respected. A real mensch!! May your memories of him comfort you. BDE

Renee Karp Ed Katz - 11 days ago

Dear Tova and the entire family, I am so sad to hear of the passing of Shimon. He taught our daughter Rebecca at Herzliah High School and we met him countless times. Shimon was a wonderful teacher, loved by so many of his students. He was pleasant, inspiring and so devoted. May his memory be a blessing for his family. Sincere condolences at this most difficult time.