Well-known Rabbi Sidney Shoham dead at 86

Sidney Shoham, a long-time rabbi of the Beth Zion Congregation in Côte-St-Luc, and legendary figure in Montreal's Jewish community, has passed away at the age of 86.

Rabbi at Beth Zion Congregation in Côte-St-Luc remembered as a great orator

Sidney Shoham, a legendary rabbi in Montreal, passed away at age 86. (Courtesy of Beth Zion Congregation)

Sidney Shoham, a long-time rabbi of the Beth Zion Congregation in Côte-St-Luc, and legendary figure in Montreal's Jewish community, died at age 86 on Sunday night.

The announcement was made on the congregation's Facebook page on Monday.

Rabbi Shoham, known for being a brilliant and often controversial orator, was born in Baltimore as the son of two Rabbinic scholars, according to the congregation's website.

He studied at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore then moved to New York to attend the Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin Rabbinical.

After completing post-secondary studies in psychology, he came to Montreal to further study pastoral psychiatry at the Allen Memorial Hospital – McGill University.

Among his achievements was founding the Canadian Rabbinic Cabinet and being the only rabbi to chair the Combined Jewish Appeal campaign.

A funeral service will take place at the Beth Zion Congregation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

He is survived by his wife Jewel Shoham and daughters Linda, Donna and Mindy.


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