It has been one year since Paul's passing, and so many of us are grieving his loss like it was yesterday. The first yahrzeit (the anniversary of a death) for a loved one does not mark the end of grief, but it does mark a transitional period in the mourning process. We have moved through the cycle of the year, feeling Paul's absence at holidays, at events, and during times of joy and sorrow.
The annual yahrzeit is a day of remembrance to celebrate our loved one's life. Please join SF Hillel in remembering Paul through a Jewish meditation, sharing a memory of Paul, reciting the Kaddish (mourner's prayer) on February 22nd, lighting a 24-hour yahrzeit candle, or making a donation in Paul's memory to one of the many causes near to his heart. And continue to keep Paul's beloved partner, Bob Gutterman, in your hearts and prayers.
We have created a virtual space below for the community to join us in remembering Paul's life and legacy.
Remember Paul through his own words
Please use the link below to make a donation to the Paul J. Cohen Fund for Student Leadership at SF Hillel.
"The purpose of Hillel is to help students understand why they want to be Jewish adults."
Reflect through poetry
We Remember Them by Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
At the rising sun and at its going down; We remember them. At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter; We remember them. At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring; We remember them. At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer; We remember them. At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn; We remember them. At the beginning of the year and when it ends; We remember them. As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as We remember them. When we are weary and in need of strength; We remember them. When we are lost and sick at heart; We remember them. When we have decisions that are difficult to make; We remember them. When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them. When we have achievements that are based on theirs; We remember them. For as long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us as, We remember them.