In Loving Memory of Richard Siegel

Rabbi Jonathan Aaron

Richard Siegal, beloved husband of Rabbi Laura Geller, passed away on the evening of Thursday, July 12, 2018, surrounded by family. Below are the words shared with the community and congregation. Information regarding the funeral service, shiva and where to make a donation are below.

It is with an extremely heavy and saddened heart that I inform you of the passing of Richard Siegel, husband of Rabbi Laura Geller, yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

Richard was more than a significant and central member of our synagogue and prayer community ever since he came to Los Angeles. He was our friend, and his presence will be missed by all of us in the Temple Emanuel and ChaiVillageLA families, which he and Rabbi Geller began together.

Our prayers are now with the Siegel and Geller families as they begin their mourning process, and we offer them the feelings of love and wholeness that Richard brought to them in his life.

May his memory be for a blessing.

                                                                     – Rabbi Jonathan Aaron


To View the Service

The funeral service held on Sunday,  July 15, 2018 can be viewed below or at livestream.com/tebh.


Funeral & Shiva Information

The funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at 1:00 pm in the Corwin Family Sanctuary, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N Clark Drive, Beverly Hills, 90211.

The service will be followed by a graveside ceremony at Mt. Sinai Simi Valley, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93063.

Please join us to comfort the families and say Kaddish during shiva at the home of Rabbi Geller and Richard Siegel. (For information on shiva, please email events@tebh.org or call the temple at 310.288.3737)

Shiva will be held Monday through Thursday at 7:30 pm. (edit: Start time for shiva has changed from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.)

  • Monday, July 16 –  Meditation service led by Cantor Lizzie Weiss, Perry Oretzky, and Scott Stone.
  • Tuesday, July 17 – Service will be led by Jonathan Jacoby, a close family friend.
  • Wednesday, July 18 – Service will be led by Rabbi Sarah Bassin and Ruth Siegel, who will offer a special blessing to her father.
  • Thursday, July 19 – Shiva service is led by Rabbi Geller and Cantor Lizzie Weiss and the theme, of the shared stories, is ChaiVillageLA.

Condolences may be sent to their home as well.

In lieu of flowers and meals of comfort donations can be made to the following organizations:

ChaiVillageLA Bend the Arc Israel Religious Action Committee