Today is Rabbi Everett Gendler’s (z”l) yahrzeit. I assume that like many of you, as I move through my daily life, I’m regularly reminded of Everett. It will happen in surprising and often unexpected ways. I’ll think of him when I notice the first rhubarb greens as they begin to poke out of the earth, when a particularly bright full moon illuminates my evening walk, or when there’s a news story about the Dalai Lama. Over the last year, I’ve worked to complete a manuscript about his life, which I hope to publish, and to find articles that Everett wrote and post them on the Gendler Grapevine Project website. It amazes me that by conducting a slightly different word search, we still find articles or talks that he gave that we didn’t know existed.
With that in mind, I want to share a video that filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman sent to us. Paula and her husband, Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman have been friends with the Gendlers for nearly 50 years. In 2011, they visited Everett and Mary in the Berkshires. Paula has graciously granted us permission to share it. I love every aspect of this recording, and I hope you enjoy it too. It makes me miss walking through the garden with Uncle Everett, listening to his stories, and learning from him. May his memory be for a blessing.