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Meir Weingarten Tribute

Yahrzeit & First Year Dedications:

Meir, you were a true part of our family for as long as we can remember. We miss you and will remember you always.
Donna and Michael Lazaros

In memory of Meir Weingarten z"l, founder of the Yavneh Minyan and our dear friend.
Harry & Leslie Kanner
Meir was a consummate mentch, a scholar, a gabbai par excellence, and a Ba'al Tefila who helped inspire our davening on the Yamim Noraim. He is sorely missed.
Chaye Kohl

The Minyan mourns the untimely passing of its founder, Meir Weingarten, on Shabbat Parshat Naso, 5781. Sivan 11 / May 22, 2021.

Meir founded the Minyan with a core of Israeli ex-pats and Aliyah oriented locals. Meir was the Minyan's first President and Gabbai, as well as baal tefilah for the Yomim Noraim. Meir had many other talents and interests as well, including serving as a host on Nachum Segal radio, helping to promote Jewish acapella and running a travel agency.

Meir was named for his great-grandfather Chacham Ben Zion Meir Hai Uzziel, the Sefardic Chief Rabbi of Palestine and first Sefardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. Meir was an expert in Tanach (Bible) and dikduk (Hebrew grammar), a true anav (humble person) and strived to be yashar (straight person) and a tzanua lechet lifnei Hashem (one who walks in G-d's way).

He is survived by his mother Shoshana (Rose) & brother Uzi. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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Siyum Mishnayot in Memory of Meir Weingarten A"H
June 23, 2021

This year's Siyum is dedicated to the memory of Yavneh Minyan founder Meir Weingarten A"H.

Siyum Recordings

 Hadran by Michael Troy;
Michael Klein - siyum organizer

 Debra Baker - Siyum particpant

 Rabbi Moshe Sokol, Ph.D - Morah D' Asra

 Tommy Bauer - founding member

Donna Lazaros - Meir was a "ben bayit" for more than 20 years

 Rabbi Benjy Kramer - Yavneh member in the 1990's



Funeral Recordings

 Brooklyn Funeral, Tuesday, May 26, 2021
Part 1





 Israel Funeral, Wednesday, May 27, 2021

 Part 1

Part 2

 Part 3

Credit to OrH_Videography_Blog on YouTube for Israel recording.

Yomim Noraim Recordings

by Meir Weingarten

1 YKS Misod p177-8.mp3
10 YKS Ma'ase Elokayinu p188.mp3
12 YKS Al Yisrael p 190.mp3
13 YKS Haaderet Vhaemunah.mp3
14 YKS Haaderet pt2.mp3
15 YKS Lyoshev Tehilot.mp3
17 YKS Uvchain Lecha Taaleh.mp3
2 YKS Ana p 184.mp3
20 YKS Adir Adirainu.mp3
22 YKS Chamol Beayn Od.mp3
30 YKS V'Haviotim.mp3
31 YKS Shma Kolainu.mp3
35 YKS Anu Amecha.mp3
5 YKS Imru L'Elokim 2 p186.mp3
8 YKS Imru L'Elokim 3 p187.mp3
Ata Hu Elokainu.mp3
Ein Kitzvha very end yavneh.mp3
Hashem Melech-Malach-Yimloch.mp3
Le'Kel Orech Din.mp3
opening chatzrat hashatz.mp3
V'ye'etayu 20200923 1128.mp3
YK Mincha. 20051009.1.mp3
YK Mincha. 20051009.2.mp3
YK Mincha. 20051009.3.mp3

Facebook Tributes and Comments

Saul Guberman
I have lost a friend and gabbaic mentor.
The Minyan is shocked to learn of the untimely passing over Shabbat of its founder, Meir Weingarten.
He is survived by his mother Rose & brother Uzi. May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
When we have funeral and shiva information, we will let you know.

 Scott A Lynne Feinberg
    We are heartbroken, no words
  Saul Guberman
    Most of the tunes and traditions that we use on the Yomim Noraim were from Meir, from his time in Yeshiva in Israel.
    Marina Marlo
    Immense loss!
    Rivki Zakheim
    Baruch Dayan Emet. Saul do you know what happened? He was so young
    Shaike Ben
    ברוך דיין אמת, אבל גדול!
  Melanie Faber Marmer
    No words. I was on the board of Chevra Aliyah Toranit with him when the minyan started with the help of our Shaliach, He was so smart and so dedicated to am Yisroel.
    Saul Guberman
     Yes, former name of Yavneh was the CAT minyan. Chevra Aliyah Toranit. When the organization folded because of its own success, we renamed to Yavneh.
    Melanie Faber Marmer
    Saul Guberman yes Yavneh olami took it over it those days. I remember Meir running the minyan. He was the one that found the place so the shaliach would have a minyan
    Tzippy Miller
    Baruch dein emet
    Uriel Levi
    So shocked I’m so sorry. BDE
    Jenna Sarah Yehudis Rothschild
    BDE. We are in shock. This is a great loss to the shul. May his memory be for a blessing.
    David Rothschild
    BDE..I am in total shock with the news. May his family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and only have simcha. Horrible!
    Steven Mantz
    This is really sad news. I'm so sorry to hear this.
    Gershon Schwadron
    Baruch Dayan HaEmet
    Total shock...
    Some of the best Yomim Nora'im davening I ever had were the days of Meir Weingarten and AJ Schreiber.May his neshama have an aliyah and may his memory be a blessing to all of us who loved him
    Robin Kaplan
  Jonathan Schussler
    He was niftar in Israel? Bde
    Saul Guberman
    Jonathan Schussler here in brooklyn, in his hom
    Sheri Schneiderman
        Baruch Dayan Emet
   Larry Russ
 Marlene Ross
    ברוך דיין האמת
  Saul Nebenhaus
    Baruch Dayan Haemet.
  Hugh Feibusch
  Lisa Smid
    BDE. I am so sorry to hear of this loss.
    Ellen Cohn
    It has been a very bad year for Orthodox rabbis and leaders
    Savta Yocheved
    bde...May his memory be a blessing and a comfort.    So sorry for your loss Saul xo
    Rockaway Russel Siegel
    Howie Mandelbaum
    BDE He was a truly great guy on so many levels...
    Andrea Weiss Bentley
    Baruch dayan emet
    Rivkah Leah
    Oh my, I am so sorry to learn of the sudden passing of your friend, mentor and the minyan's founding partner Saul Guberman . May his family and friends be comforted among all the mourners of Tzion & Yirushalayim.
    Neal Neumann
    Baruch Dayan Haemet
    Abraham Birnbaum
    So sorry to hear this tragic news. He was a real mensch.
    ברוך דיין האמת
    Yoav Rivlin
    BDE.    So sad.    the high holidays wouldn’t be the same without him.  I enjoyed much his      singing and tunes.
    Noah Roth
    Baruch Dayan Haemet. Meir was a huge part of the minyan.
    Jonathan Terebelo
    Miriam Botwinick
    Baruch Dayan HaEmet. So sorry to hear.
    Maury Lipson
    Was also host of The Israel Show.
    The Israel Show with Meir Weingarten on the Nachum Segal Network
    Yossie Rothenberg
    Shocked to hear. I have not seen him in a while. BDE
    Deborah Scop
    Baruch dayan haemes. So sorry to hear
    Saul Lieberman
     I came to the Minyan via Meir. Meir was a driving force of the Minyan. (And did the best announcements.)
The Minyan was probably a factor in my Aliyah 26 years ago. Meir was somehow proud of my Aliyah.
When I came to Israel, I couldn't understand why it was unusual to find a Minyan like the Yavneh Minyan.
Meir was passionate and active in his love of Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. And Torat Yisrael, especially Tanach. And the Milim of Tanach.
We did not see or speak often. But we sometimes shared thoughts, perhaps sparked by something he said on a show. Ironically, I emailed Meir yesterday a thought on the word Miksha that I thought he might appreciate. (2 hours before I learned of his passing).
It was a privilege to have a connection with Meir.
Baruch Dayan Emet.
 Rikki Braun
    Baruch Dayan Emet
  Tzvi Edelman
    We have lost a raconteur, scholar, singer and friend. Baruch Dayan Emet.
  Allison Hertstein
    BDE on the loss of the founder of the shul


Ari Kahn
Very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Meir Weingarten a great lover of Israel. Truly a person whose heart was in the East as he dwelled in the west. I understand he will be soon making his final trip home. We were in Mesifta Rabbenu Chaim Berlin together back when a few “kipot serugot” could be seen. Meir was named for his illustrious grandfather the Chief Rabbi of Israel Harav Meir Uzziel. YZB

Mayer Fertig
Our family is reeling from the sudden passing of one of our closest, most beloved friends, Meir Weingarten.Chani Bergan Fertig and I were both in our teens when we met Meir. I was 19 and had just joined the JM in the AM crew to ocasionally fill-in for Nachum Segal. Meir was 12 or 13 years older than me. Like most of the JM kids, ours have grown up knowing him as Uncle Meir and are as devastated as we are.
For years I referred to Meir on the air as my “Israeli music guru” but that was hardly his only area of expertise. He had a gift for making computers do his will and helped me with my first forays into the Apple and Mac universe. And most importantly, Meir possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of Tanach — Torah, Prophets and Writings — and his contributions to holiday and special programming on JM in the AM will be long remembered by tens of thousands of people — particularly his meticulously prepared segments for Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). Many listeners over the years have described sitting in their car despite being late for work and appointments, so as not to miss any of Meir’s insights into one of the most momentous events in Jewish history. I did that too, more than once.
Along the way, I had the privilege of teaching him how to run a board and he joined us on the air as an occasional host and, more recently, as the host of his own weekly program, The Israel Show, which quickly became one of the most popular features on the Nachum Segal Network. Standing together outside Meir’s home very early this morning, Nachum mused about the many hundreds of hours of Meir’s engrossing, thought-provoking programming about Israel that training helped facilitate.
Aside from our shared love of Israel and of radio, Meir was a great friend in every sense of the word for over thirty years. He was beyond generous — he was the *very first* contributor to Hatzalah of Union County, mailing a substantial check the day I told him we were working on it — a patient listener, and a source of wise counsel, enthusiastic, genuine encouragement and thoughtful, constructive criticism. I can only hope that he felt I contributed equally to our friendship.
It was a running joke between us for years that listeners would confuse the two of us. I have always maintained that it was an honor to be mistaken for Meir Weingarten. I still do, though I could probably do without the inevitable confusion of some people thinking I’m the one who is no longer here.
Like all of us who loved Meir Weingarten — Meir Nachum Ben Dovid — like a brother, I’ve always felt sad that he never married, particularly because he would have been such a wonderful father. But that was not meant to be. Instead, it will be left to us, his friends, to perpetuate his memory as best we can.

Benjy Kramer

וַיִּתְהַלֵּ֥ךְ חֲנ֖וֹךְ אֶת־הָֽאֱלֹהִ֑ים וְאֵינֶ֕נּוּ כִּֽי־לָקַ֥ח אֹת֖וֹ אֱלֹהִֽים׃ בראשית  ה:כד
All I can think about now is my dear friend Meir Weingarten’s absence. As the pasuk above indicates, Chanoch was the first person who died early and a close friend once pointed out to me that it is poignant that his untimely death is discribed simply as ואיננו כי לקח אותו אלוקים.
That is all I can think about - he is missing from our lives and he is close to Hashem now.
Meir was someone I spoke to often and we bounced so many ideas off of each other but mostly he was there for me and he inspired me so much in terms of his integrity and his caring and his love of Tanakh and Medina Yisrael and all that it has done for us all!

Shiri Barkai is with Meir Weingarten and Yoav Barkai.

    To be a niece of Meir Weingarten
    To play and go wild with you at 3 years old, when all the adults are already tired and only you keep playing with me with endless vigor and joy. To show you that I've learned to tie laces, shine with pride when you're excited, clapping and reading ′′ Hooray "!
    Get excited for weeks before you come to visit Israel, count the days and jump on you with hugs when you walk home and say ′′ Sh-Lum ".
    Roll up laughing when you make us noises, faces and nonsense. To ask you to whistle the special whistle and get so excited.
    To read a book with you in English and show off the words I learned. To read you writing and works that I wrote for school, to feel in your right, especially smart and talented.
    To miss you, to wait for the next visit before you left.
    To grow up and you are always in the background, also present from a far away land, to know that over the sea there is someone who loves me so much and to feel that he is always there, despite the distance
    To wait for a call from you before every birthday and know that the call will come, to feel how happy you are in me, how much love.
    To sing especially beautifully at the Shabbat and holiday table when you are around, to see you excited to tears and radiant from comfort.
    Grow a little and start talking about serious things too, understand how much there is in you that I didn't know, how bright you are, how extensive your knowledge is, to be passionate about your opinions and want to know what you think about everything. To receive articles and articles from you related to what we talked about and feel how much you care.
    To grow a little more. Introducing you to Yoav Barkai and seeing how your wings of love instantly spread on him too. To ask you to bless our altar. Cry together with excitement and joy. To know that you will come to Israel especially. To dance with you at the wedding, to see how happy you are with us. Saying goodbye after a few days and not imagining that this is the last time we will hug.
    Make video calls and long phone calls, talk about so many topics.
    To take care of you during the Corona period.
    To follow through you what is happening in the country and the country.
    Missing terribly.
    We spoke on the phone two weeks ago, as always you were the first one to remember and call to congratulate us, this time on the occasion of the We talked about your plans for the coming time, about how much we love and miss you, and we set to talk in two weeks. I would so like to talk to you just one more time.
    We are separated from you forever with a broken heart. Hurting for the tremendous loss. Crying for you. Unbelievers.
    From Irka. My beloved and dear uncle. There is no other man like you. Huge heart, illuminating personality, brilliant mind, huge knowledge in so many areas, unending talent. Love man, love israel
    You touched so many people, you changed their lives.
    I hope you knew in your life how precious and loved you are, how appreciated.
    My beloved uncle. Thank you for 26 years of endless and unconditional love, for the feeling that you are proud of me, for the feeling that you are always here, watching from afar. Thank you for always being interested, for remembering to write successfully in the exam or to ask how it was on the trip, thank you for listening and supporting. Thank you for being an uncle and a friend to me. Thank you for the immense privilege, for being part of my life.
    I love you with all my heart and miss you so much. I promise to remember and remind you as you were. A good and pure man. Happy. Enlightening. Love and loved.
    Rest in peace from Irka
    We loved love and will always love
    You will forever live in our hearts

Wed, June 19 2024 13 Sivan 5784