Remembering Reuven (Ron) Tatarka ע"ה

Sunday, 30 December, 2018 - 5:20 am

Reuven Tatarka Memorial

A function to commemorate the first yahrzeit of Reuven (Ron) Tatarka’s passing was held at Yeshivah Gedolah on Wednesday evening 26th December 2018.

A wide cross-section of Melbourne’s Jewish community, together with family and friends, attended the evening.

The program commenced with mincha followed by an address to the crowd by Rabbi Shmuel Lesches, who spoke on the week’s parsha Shemos and lessons we can learn from Moshe Rabeinu and how they were emulated and exemplified by Reuven - caring enough to go out of his way to notice things that need to be addressed, caring about why others are doing nothing, and caring enough to do something when no one else will.

Rabbi Binyomin Cohen recalled Reuven’s parents who on arriving in Australia after the war, prioritised Jewish education for their children. Rabbi Sholom Ber Engel made a siyum and Rabbi Shmuel Gurewicz chaired the evening and referred to Reuven as a “genius” in giving tzedoko, always looking for ways how to give and people and causes to give to. Refreshments were enjoyed after maariv.

Reuven regarded Yeshivah Gedolah as his baby. He became a member of Yeshivah Gedolah’s Executive in 2003, a role he served with dedication for 15 years. He was one of the pillars of its supporters. Besides donating generously to the Annual Appeal, he sponsored many projects, often on his own initiative, which he felt were important to improve the college’s facilities. His concern and eagerness to get things done were exemplary. He took a keen interest in Yeshivah Gedolah’s management and future development and was always available whenever he was called upon by staff or students.

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The Rabbinical College is eternally grateful for Reuven’s tireless efforts on its behalf. May this zechus stand in his and his family’s good stead. He will always be remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory be blessed.

Reuven Tatarka Memorial

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