As we prepare for this Shabbat of Sukkot, and as we study the last Torah portion of our annual cycle and prepare to start anew, we find ourselves lowering our heads in mourning and in recognition and appreciation for the legacy of Morton (Mort) Mandel who passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. We learn the verse, “Those who increase knowledge will be radiant like the bright expanse of the sky, and those who lead the multitude toward righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).
Mort Mandel led an exceptional life of success and achievement, and through his generosity he increased knowledge and lead The Temple-Tifereth Israel community to engage in tzedakah—acts of righteousness—to secure our Jewish future. We send our heartfelt condolences to Barbara, to the children and grandchildren, to other members of his family, and the close friends and associates who mourn him. We know and affirm that his legacy will live among us and will forever be bound in the bond of ongoing life.
A public memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel, 1855 Ansel Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. The family will receive friends at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, 11235 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106 immediately following services until 5:00 p.m. On Monday, October 21, Shiva will continue at the home of Thom and Lisa Mandel, 1655 North Medina Line Road, Akron, Ohio 44333 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Notes of condolences and appreciation may be sent to the Mandel family at https://mandel.parkwoodcorp.com. The site also includes information about Mort Mandel’s extraordinary life.
May Mort Mandel’s memory always be a blessing. With all good wishes for a peaceful Shabbat and fulfilling Sukkot holiday,
Rabbi Jonathan Cohen