Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Scher, spiritual leader of the Kol BeRamah community in Santa Fe, has passed away. The service was held Oct. 22 at Kol BeRamah, with burial in Israel.
Rabbi Scher was born and raised in Stamford, Conn. He moved to Israel shortly after finishing high school and studied at religious Zionist institutions Machon Meir, Yeshivat Mercaz Harav Kook and the Midrasha Gehova.
He served in the IDF as an infantry soldier and combat medical specialist.
Rabbi Scher was ordained by Rabbis Shear Yeshuv Cohen, the late Uzi Kalcheim, Gershon Binet and Zalman Nehemia Goldberg.
Recipient of a BSc in health sciences and a BSN in nursing, he was a board-certified flight paramedic and worked part-time at Med Flight Air Ambulance.
He also was employed as an emergency department nurse, a rural paramedic and a wilderness search team paramedic.
Among the founding members of the Atalaya Search and Rescue team in Santa Fe, the rabbi taught and served in Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Houston, Vancouver and Boston.
He is mourned by his wife Dr. Shulamit Yaarah (Sandy) Scher; daughters Naomi Braindel Scher and Aliza Zivia Scher; his sister Janet Kalicha; and the entire Jewish community of Santa Fe.
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