Rabbi Gilbert Lewis Shoham, 81, of Overland Park, KS passed away April 20. Services were held on April 22, at the Louis Memorial Chapel in Kansas City, MO. Chapel services and burial were held on April 23 at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rabbi Jehiel Ber Shoham and Ethel Marcus Shoham, and his first wife, Dorothy Cohen Shoham.

He is survived by his second wife, Sharon Lowenstein Shoham; his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Steven and Susie  Shoham; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Shoham Follick and Joshua Follick; grandchildren: Daniel Shoham, Deuce Janisch-Shoham and Stella Tolentino of Los Angeles; step-sons and daugthers-in-law, Lon and Cathy of Kansas City, Glenn and Nicole of Houston, John and Amy of Chicago, and Reed Lowenstein and Melanie Hanan of London; 12 step-grandchildren; sister, Faye Mishkin of Brooklyn, NY; brother and sister-in-law, Rabbi Sidney and Jewel Shoham of Montreal; and brother, Jake Shoham of Los Angeles; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Jean Cohen Friedman of Los Angeles, and Abraham and Hazel Cohen of Montreal, and Barry and Esther Cohen Schwartz of Montreal; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He founded the Shaarey Zedek Congregation and the Emek Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. He also served the pulpits of Congregation Beth Hamedrash Hagadol in Montreal, and Kehilath Israel Synagogue in Overland Park, KS. He served as president of the Rabbinical Council of California, vice president of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was a member of the Rabbinical Council of America and the Rabbinical Association of Greater Kansas City.

Memorials may be made to Congregation BIAV, 9900 Antioch, Overland Park KS 66212 or the philanthropy of your choice.

4.27.12 Issue