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Friday, September 27, 2019

Rabbi Solomon Maimon ZT"L, 100, First Sephardic Rabbi Ordained in the U.S., Passes Away in Seattle

Rabbi Solomon Maimon, who lovingly served the Seattle Jewish community for decades, passed away in Seattle at age 100.

Rabbi Maimon was the rabbi and spiritual leader of the Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation in Seattle for 40 years and, upon his retirement, he held the title of Rabbi Emeritus for the decades to follow.

He helped establish multiple institutions in the Seattle community, including schools, a Kollel, and other religious establishments.

He was my great-uncle.



At Sat Sep 28, 10:35:00 PM 2019, Anonymous Devorah H. said...

Yaakov, I am so sorry for your loss and the loss of Rabbi Uncle Maimon, who was dear to so many. I very fondly remember him and quietly chuckle thinking about his sense of humor and how his eyes were always twinkling with a loving smile on his face for everyone who approached him.

Your father, always referred to him as “Uncle-Rabbi” Maimon …and once (at the 1996? Hanukah Sephardic Shabbaton where he was the main visiting rabbi) I accidentally said “Uncle-Rabbi Maimon” and quickly apologized. Your father told me, “No, no, you can call him Uncle-Rabbi because he likes you!” LOL, good recovery! but truth be told, Uncle-Rabbi Maimon considered everyone as part of his extended family! He just had that way about him.

I enjoyed the 3 short films - I’m sure you are glad that they were made. I did not know that he was a mohel and the long list of accomplishments in the Seattle area.

One thing that you are not saying, is that he, as a Maimon, was a descendent of the Rambam, Maimonides, (who it is know was a descendant of King David). Which makes YOU, also, in the line of David HaMelech. !!!

At Sat Sep 28, 11:13:00 PM 2019, Blogger yaak said...

Thank you for your kind words, Devorah.

Although, both the Rambam's lineage from David Hamelech and my lineage from the Rambam are not ben ahar ben (son after son), but rather via a female.

At Tue Oct 01, 02:07:00 PM 2019, Anonymous Sara Maimon said...

And when he came to visit us in Monsey, he became known as Papoo to the whole town! My dad and uncle too, began calling him papoo instead of dad.


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