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Matthew & Robin Kaufman Matthew & Robin Kaufman from Mountain View, CA wrote on December 27, 2020 at 7:41 pm
We both attended Camp Ramah with Rabbi Caplan from 1988-1991. Even back then, his love of Judaism, spirituality and his fellow campers made it obvious that he was destined to accomplish great things through his contribution to the Jewish community and his congregation. We are deeply saddened by Micah's passing, but are honored to contribute to the scholarship fund in his name.
Barbara Mark-Dreyfuss Barbara Mark-Dreyfuss from Scottsdale wrote on August 7, 2020 at 6:44 am
It was so easy to find the words to welcome Rabbi Micah Caplan ten years ago and so difficult to find the words to describe the loss of his presence, the absence of his gentle and loving involvement in our lives. He was there. Always there. His spiritual contribution, his friendship, his enthusiasm over the contributions he could make to his congregation and his community will always be remembered.
Steven & Jennifer Schwarz Family Steven & Jennifer Schwarz Family from Paradise Valley wrote on July 24, 2020 at 8:51 pm
Micah - You were truly one of the most selfless people we have known. You gave fully of yourself to your community and congregants like no other. Our family deeply valued you and your perspective and teachings, and each of our children had a special, growth experience training with you for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. You will be missed sorely and our deepest condolences go to the Caplan family.
Seth Rachel Stella & Mason Wasserstrom Seth Rachel Stella & Mason Wasserstrom from Scottsdale wrote on July 16, 2020 at 2:32 pm
We send our deepest condolences to the Caplan family. Rabbi Caplan was with us during many family mitzvah's. His memory and stories will be remembered forever.
Irwin and Sandra Fox Irwin and Sandra Fox from Mesa, AZ wrote on July 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Micah whom we knew as a child growing up in Scottsdale. We watched as his father lead our Synagogue as Cantor. We could see how much interest Micah had in Judaism. We remember Tina telling us how he would set up his stuffed animals and gave a sermon. Our oldest son, Mitchell, and middle son, Jerimya, grew up with Micah and Joshua. Through synagogue, Camp Ramah, Camp Pearlstein, USY and Youth Chorale they shared wonderful experiences and friendship. May Micah’s memory be a blessing.
Marcia and Matt Benjamin Marcia and Matt Benjamin from Scottsdale wrote on July 7, 2020 at 2:15 am
Matt and I want to extend our sincere condolences to Rabbi Caplan’s family. As long as you keep him in your hearts , he will always be with you. We knew ,after coming to a Friday night service, that we wanted to join ,then , OrChadash and be a part of the amazing community that Micah built. His energy and smile were infectious. He was not just our Rabbi, he was a friend. May his memory be a blessing as he was a blessing to us.
Ben Herman Ben Herman from Miami wrote on June 28, 2020 at 4:13 pm
Micah, Thank you for being who you were and for the kindness you showed me. It was wonderful watching you triple the size of your congregation and showing me what is possible. Rest in peace knowing that you have made a major impact on so many. Ben
Randi and Alan Jablin Randi and Alan Jablin from Scottsdale wrote on June 26, 2020 at 4:05 pm
We send our deepest condolences to the family of Rabbi Micah Caplan as well as to Congregation Or Tzion. Micah was such a strong supporter of community, and he personally touched our lives as well. May we all be comforted by the memories of how he impacted us all, and may his memory forever be a blessing.
Penn and Sheila Chabrow Penn and Sheila Chabrow from Miami, Florida wrote on June 24, 2020 at 9:20 am
Sheila and I send our heartfelt sympathies and love to Micha's family. He was a very knowledgeable Rabbi but, most importantly a menasch We missed him when he left Bet Shira and his innate kindness. Please know that he will be missed greatly.
Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery from Scottsdale wrote on June 23, 2020 at 5:17 pm
Rabbi Caplan was always so kind and wonderful to work with. Our sincerest condolences, he will be greatly missed.
Ellie and Mike Aronow Ellie and Mike Aronow from Scottsdale wrote on June 23, 2020 at 12:52 pm
We were fortunate to have known Micah from the beginning when he interviewed to be our spiritual leader. His dedication to our congregation amazed us as he transformed our small congregation into one of 450+ families. He showered us with attention to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and get well wishes...as we imagine he did for every member. He also helped me (Ellie) through the rough times as my mother aged and, finally, when she passed on January 15 this year. Even when his health declined, he was always other-centered and maintained a positive outlook. Micah has a magnificent soul, and we feel blessed to have been touched by him.
Michael and Gayle Emen Michael and Gayle Emen wrote on June 23, 2020 at 9:04 am
While we only knew Micah for a few years, his welcoming attitude and compassion were plain to see. He was a true mensch and we will miss him. May his memory be a blessing.
David Ross David Ross from Denver, CO wrote on June 22, 2020 at 8:24 am
I posted this earlier in the week on Facebook, but added one other story: There's really not much more that I can say about Micah Caplan that hasn't already been said on Facebook these last few days. We all know how much this charismatic, larger-than-life presence affected and touched us. I first met Micah over Memorial Day Weekend in 1990 at Far West USY's Regional Convention at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in AZ. It was late at night and someone decided it would be fair for me to guard him in a 3 on 3 basketball game. I’m guessing Micah was well over 6 feet at the time, and with me standing as tall as possible at 5’5-3/4”, I can honestly say that I never got a shot off! But Micah being Micah, he was so very kind about it. It was clear in that moment that his stature was not physical, but was instead relational. Following the game, I remember our lively conversation comparing his Phoenix Suns to my Boston Celtics. We were both wearing our team's shirts and Micah knew he had the winning argument that year (not a good one for my team). After that, we became fast friends. We spent many summers together at Camp Ramah, and some of us will never be able to shake the image of him walking half naked across the boy’s shetach after Shabbos showers!. He taught me beautiful new z’mirot melodies on Friday night, and every Saturday afternoon he sang bass in our Mincha 5 a cappella group. He always knew when to be boisterous and when to be gentle. Several years later, when Micah became Youth Director for Shomrei Torah USY, I felt priviledged to join him as his Jr./Sr. Advisor. Although he was a few years younger, in those many hours we spent working together, he really became a great mentor. At that point early in his career, we all could see that the combination of his leadership, passion, compassion, and his goofy (and sometimes let’s say uncivilized) sense of humor was the beginning of something special for the many communities with whom he would eventually work. One very funny (and gross) story I just recalled happened on a night out at Ramah when Micah, myself and a few other staff went into town. Besides Carrows, one of our favorite places to eat late at night was Dominos Pizza. On one of these nights, we ordered a pizza and we would eat it in the parking lot because we weren't allowed to bring it into camp. Well someone had put the pizza box on the hood of the car we drove in. Whoever that was, they put the box on the car in a precarious manner and it fell to the ground, with the last few pieces of pizza falling out and landing in the oil grease of the parking spot next to ours. Without missing a beat, Micah picks the remaining pieces of pizza up, "says 10 second rule" with a mischievous grin on his face, and proceeds to eat them. It was one of the funniest and most disgusting things we had ever seen a human do. But that was the Micah we all knew and loved! I will miss my good friend of so many years. I feel blessed to have known this giant of a man and am saddened that he is gone. Zichrona l’vracha.
Bracha Etgar Bracha Etgar from Scottsdale wrote on June 21, 2020 at 6:06 pm
So sad. Let's celebrate his life, there is so much to celebrate and remember.
Alison, Michael, Nora, Sadie & Josh Feinberg Alison, Michael, Nora, Sadie & Josh Feinberg from Scottsdale wrote on June 20, 2020 at 8:13 pm
We are heartbroken and devastated. Gone way too young, Micah had so much to live for, so many adventures left to experience. When he and his family moved to Scottsdale to assume the pulpit of Congregation Or Chadash, our lives changed forever. Conservative Judaism in Scottsdale had a resurgence and all of the sudden joining a synagogue was the “in” thing to do. Micah brought with him sometimes wacky, out-of-the-box ideas that drew people to him and to synagogue engagement. Blessing of the Pets in conjunction with Parsha Noah every year, Tallis making for B’nai Mitzvah kids, and congregational Star Wars movie screenings are just a few of the innovations he implemented in order to bring people in. He loved everyone for who they were, regardless of skin color, religion, sexual orientation. We are so appreciative that Nora and then Sadie’s B’not Mitzvahs were unique and profoundly meaningful. And his ties matched our colors. We loved Micah’s “Girls Can Do Anything” affirming Or Chadash and then Or Tzion’s position as a truly egalitarian synagogue. Sharing our love of Camp Ramah, it was so fun to spend time with Micah at camp during his Rabbi-in-Residence week. He LOVED that week back at camp and probably counted down the days until he could return each year, just like our kids do for the first day of camp. Dear Brianah, Julia and Avi: Thank you for sharing your dad with us. He loved you all so and was over-the-moon proud of each of you. It has been amazing to watch the three of you grow-up. We won’t stop caring and we will be rooting for you always, as you work to achieve your dreams. Gabi: We were supposed to have time as a foursome to laugh, relax and just be. This is bitterly unfair. Thank you for loving him so much. Michelle: Sending you strength as you move into this new reality with your kids. Tina, Murray and the rest of the family: We weep, we mourn, we cry with you. Rabbi Micah Caplan was our dear dear friend and the real deal. A light has really really gone out and we will carry him in our hearts forever.
Avi Mallin Avi Mallin from Phoenix, AZ wrote on June 20, 2020 at 5:13 pm
What could I possibly say that hasn't already been said about this man? Micah, as he was for all of us, was a very important person in my life. Although there were intersections where we could have come to know each other even earlier, his connection with me began in the formative years of high school, when he served as an advisor in my local USY chapter at Beth El. I literally and figuratively looked up to him from that point on. He always separated himself from any other "authority" figure to me as being so humble and approachable, and while he was only a couple of years older than me, he was always someone who had an aura of excellence that we all gravitated towards. As he set off on his path to become the giant that he was in college and rabbinical school, our paths diverged. When he returned to Phoenix, this time as Rev Caplan, we reconnected and he wound up being one of the people in my life that I trusted and confided in more than anyone. He was with me during some of the highest and lowest points in my life, and I was happy and truly honored to be there for him during some of his. His passing has obviously been devastating for myself, and this community, but his impact and legacy in the short time he graced us is immeasurable, and will never be forgotten. His family, loved ones and community can hopefully find peace in that, and as I recently lost my own father, I hope his children will, as I have, find strength in his namesake. Micah, you are and will forever remain an inspiration for me, and I'll never forget you as my original, PERSONAL, rabbi. I love you, I miss you, and I thank you. His memory is most certainly a blessing to all of us who were fortunate enough to collect them. Rest easy old friend.
Efrem Lieber Efrem Lieber from Scottsdale wrote on June 20, 2020 at 3:59 pm
We have lost a very precious commodity – a dedicated Dodger fan. Although we were a generation apart, Micah and I shared a love for “Dem Bums”, his from his LA roots, and me from my Brooklyn birthplace. Micah knew everything about their colorful history, from the origin of Dodger Blue to the hiring of the first black Major League player. Every spring training, after LA moved to AZ, we would go to a game, sometimes including Avi, and even my own son, Sam. And, we tried to go to a Diamondbacks-Dodger game in mid-season, whenever our busy schedules permitted. Dodger lore often permeated Micah’s thinking and words – references appear in many of his D’var Torat and sermons. He often emphasized their misfortunes, to illustrate the need for us to persevere in times of strife. And he used their heroics to inspire our own efforts to succeed. During a spring training game, an all-star Dodger player was struck on the wrist by an errant pitch. As he walked off the field, holding his injured arm, Avi, Micah and I stood up, clapped and cheered him. Micah yelled, “we’ll pray for you.” I will always wonder what that small-town mid-western Christian player thought about when he glanced at the three Jews, two with kippot, cheering him on. For the last few years, I became the “Zochreinu guy” singing that prayer along with our talented cantors during High Holidays. At my first appearance, I thought you could hear my knees knocking at the back of the gym over the murmurs of 1,000 congregants. Micah whispered to me – “How would Clayton Kershaw do when the chips are down?” referencing the Dodger pitching star. I performed and survived; as I was leaving the bimah, Micah patted me on the back and said, “Kershaw would be proud!” That was Micah, finding the links that connected with everyone he met, and making everyone a part of his Kehillat Kedusha.
Bracha Etgar Bracha Etgar from Scottsdale wrote on June 20, 2020 at 12:48 pm
So, so sad. תהא נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים May his soul be with the living ברכה
Edward & Barbara Carroll Edward & Barbara Carroll from Mesa wrote on June 20, 2020 at 9:30 am
We watched Micah and our son Michael grow up together and knew they were destined for great success. We are proud of Micca's achievements and see him as an extension if his dad who was a Pied Piper for all the children he interacted with. We know, together again, they are a powerful force for love and good and sharing affecting all of us.
Amy & Perry Weinstein Amy & Perry Weinstein from Scottsdale wrote on June 19, 2020 at 7:03 pm
Our hearts are broken. In the short time that we had grown to know our beloved Rabbi, he became an influence in our lives. My his memory be a blessing . He will be sorely missed .
Judi Gottschalk Judi Gottschalk from San Diego wrote on June 19, 2020 at 2:19 pm
Micah, you had that rare quality to be totally present for them, connect in an authentic manner, and to lead all of us to be our better self. You will be missed, my friend, by your family, synagogue, family, community and the world. My sincere and deep condolences to the entire family. May his memory always be for a blessing.
Louise Fealk Louise Fealk from Tucson wrote on June 19, 2020 at 1:40 pm
I am heart broken over Rabbi Caplan's death. Two of my and children became friends with Rabbi Caplan many years ago and then continued that friendship as members of Or Tzion many years later. For the last six years, our family has attended High Holy Services together there. Rabbi Micah had the unique ability to channel his amazing intellect into lessons that everyone could understand. He motivated me to be a better person which I will continue doing in his memory. Sending sincere condolences to the Caplan and Weiss families.
Stephanie Monier Stephanie Monier from Phoenix wrote on June 19, 2020 at 11:21 am
It's hard to put into words just how much Micah Caplan meant to me. He was a person that I would do anything for, whether that be watching his cat even though I don't like cats, picking up his prescriptions for him on one of my regular target runs, or dropping his wallet off at his house on the many occasions he left it at shul. I am so grateful for the five years that I got to spend working with him and am a better person for having known him.
joan sheff joan sheff wrote on June 19, 2020 at 8:26 am
Last March (2019) we had our usual spring training tickets for the Salt River Fields. We were unable to attend one of the games so we asked Rabbi Caplan if he wanted the tickets? There were 2 of them. He was so happy because this game was between the D’backs vs. the Dodgers. He loved the Dodgers team and was very happy to accept the tickets. He loved life!!! Sincerely, joan sheff
Lori Blum Lori Blum from Miami wrote on June 19, 2020 at 6:23 am
I am struggling terribly, because there are just no words to describe my shock and sadness at the loss of Micah Caplan. During his 5 years as Rabbi of Bet Shira Congregation, I was one of many who called him Rabbi, teacher and friend. I can still see his beautiful smile, and hear his joyous laugh. Over these last years, I always knew that I could call him, and I frequently did. He was so proud of his work, and so invested in his relationships. This is truly a loss, for all of us. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May they find some comfort in their many memories. And Micah’s name WILL always be remembered for a blessing.
Michelle, Mike, Steven, & Brianna Raizer Michelle, Mike, Steven, & Brianna Raizer from Scottsdale wrote on June 18, 2020 at 3:55 pm
We are heartbroken over the loss of our beloved rabbi and friend. We joined Or Tzion (Or Chadash at that time) when Rabbi Caplan became the rabbi, and I had not felt such a connection to another rabbi since my childhood. He was an amazing leader, teacher, and speaker, and he established a true connection with everyone he met. He inspired and supported us, and we were so grateful to have him in our lives through the good times and bad. My heart goes out to his family, friends, our congregational family, and our community. We will miss him dearly!
Sharen Clevenger Sharen Clevenger from Florence wrote on June 18, 2020 at 1:34 pm
Condolences to Rabbi Micah Caplan’s’ family. I am so saddened by Rabbi Caplan’s’ death. We met during the merger of Har Zion & Or Chadash in 2014 as I worked for Har Zion; then was hired with Or Tzion. He was so gentle, loving, approachable, and easy to talk with. Being non-Jewish; he taught me so much about the Jewish life, religion, and included me in Jewish holidays to where I fell in love with the Jewish faith. The last time we talked via text was his birthday. In my heart, Rabbi Caplan has a special place.
Linda Feldman Linda Feldman from Paradise Valley wrote on June 18, 2020 at 10:59 am
I am so devastated by Rabbi Micah's untimely passing. He became a good friend both teaching in many of my programs as well as personally. He was indeed a warm, caring and genuine people person. I was blessed to have worked with Micah and to see what a blessing he was to our community. He will be sorely missed yet his teachings and wisdom will always remain with us and in our hearts. Brianna, Julia and Gabi have an amazing role model in their lives. May his memory always be a blessing to them, his family and our entire community. Thank you Micah for being my friend. I am so grateful for that. My husband and I send our heartfelt sympathy to his dear loved ones.
Ryan Jenkins Ryan Jenkins from Glendale wrote on June 18, 2020 at 8:44 am
Our conversations will never be forgotten. You're a wonderful human being. Thank you for everything you've done. Miss you!
Dennie Lieber Dennie Lieber from Scottsdale wrote on June 18, 2020 at 7:54 am
I'm going to take the liberty of adding one more entry. Like many others who relate examples of Micah's kindnesses, I can too. I recall his first year as our Rabbi. It was September 2nd, my Mom's birthday and I said, offhandedly, I need to call her to wish her a happy birthday. Micah said, what's her name? Let me talk to her. And he did. Later, Mom told me she had been a member of her shul in Baltimore for 70+ years and this was the first call she had ever received from a rabbi. It was a joy, an honor, an education and a privilege to work with him for ten years.
Heath and Lisa Blumstein Heath and Lisa Blumstein from Phoenix wrote on June 18, 2020 at 7:49 am
Our love and prayers go out to the entire Caplan family. He touched so many lives and we are deeply saddened.
Mark Evans (Mr. E) Mark Evans (Mr. E) from Phoenix wrote on June 17, 2020 at 11:37 pm
I know that there are no words that can truly describe the loss of a loved one. My heart goes out to the entire Caplan family. I had the pleasure of working with Rabbi Caplan and of teaching his son Avi. My thoughts are with you...
Sami. Adam, Michelle, Ari, and Alexa Schwartz Sami. Adam, Michelle, Ari, and Alexa Schwartz from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 11:08 pm
We have known Micah since we were kids - at Valley Jewish Day School, Camp Ramah, USY - and we have always known what a special person he was. When we moved back to Arizona 11 years ago we were thrilled to learn that our childhood friend, now Rabbi Caplan, would become our Rabbi at Or Chadash. At the time, we were beginning our new life with our first baby girl, Michelle, and he was beginning his own new life as our Rabbi. It seems like just yesterday that we had Rabbi Caplan over for dinner and spoke of all of the great things that the future had in store. Over the 11 years that followed, so much has transpired in our lives, and Rabbi Caplan has been there, holding our hands, during every important moment, genuinely living our ups and downs with us, giving everything, and asking for nothing in return. Call him a Tzadik, call him a Mensch, but neither really seems to hit the mark - he was Micah, and there will never be another like him. Now, as the five of us move forward in our lives without Rabbi Caplan, it is hard to imagine experiencing life’s important moments without him. It is also hard to imagine many of the small moments - not being able to text him a question, hear his funny jokes at school, see his massive smile at Kiddush lunch after services, and countless other examples of when his absence will be so deeply felt. But we know that while we may not be able to see or hear him, in the big or small moments, that he is always here with us. To Gabi, Brianna, Julia, Avi, Tina, Murray, and Josh, we extend our deepest condolences, and we thank you for sharing this incredible person with us. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to make sure that this community that Rabbi Caplan built remains strong, vibrant, and true to his legacy. We hold a special place in our hearts for you, Micah, and you will always be a part of our family. We are so grateful for everything that you have so selflessly shared with us. We miss you and love you. Rest In Peace.
Brady Weiss Brady Weiss from Paradise Valley wrote on June 17, 2020 at 9:16 pm
I have had the pleasure to be a student of Rabbi Caplan for the past two years. Rabbi Caplan has taught me numerous subjects such as Jewish Studies, Tefilah, and Parshah. There is one memory between us that perfectly demonstrates the person Rabbi Caplan was in our community. This past year, I signed up to give an 8th-grade speech during Tefilah. I remember receiving Rabbi Caplan's help on this speech throughout the entire day, which included, before school, during lunch, and after school. This may seem like a simple deed; however, it shows the kindness, flexibility, and impact Rabbi Caplan has had on our community. I am devastated to hear the recent news of his passing and am sending my blessings to his family. May he rest in peace.
Dennie Lieber Dennie Lieber from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 9:05 pm
As Office Administrator, I worked with Rabbi Caplan from the day he arrived to start working at Or Chadash, a total of ten years working together. I learned so much just by his example. "Take the high road," he would tell me when I voiced some frustration at work. I recall one member came in to tell us he was resigning. Rabbi asked him, "Why?" He replied, "I don't see the need; the only time you need a rabbi is when someone dies," and he left. Five or more years went by until we heard from him again. He called, wanting to meet with Rabbi about some family problem he was having. I asked Micah if he was going to give some of his valuable time to this non-member. Answer: Yes. Micah took the high road, met with the guy, putting aside the ex-member's chutzpah to even ask for this favor.
Adam Naftalin Kelman Adam Naftalin Kelman from BERKELEY wrote on June 17, 2020 at 7:52 pm
I met Micah in USY in LA. I have such fond memories of us playing basketball against each other with so much laughing and smiling throughout our 'competitive' USY league. He was always a energetic presence on the court and so much fun to be around. This carried on to his love of community and people. He took so much pride in that fact that Or Tzion, and through his passion and love of Ramah, sent potentially the largest contingent of campers to Ramah. It was so sweet to see his competitive side bragging about sending kids to Ramah. What a mensch. May his memory be a blessing and inspiration for all of us.
Irwin and Shari Kanefsky Irwin and Shari Kanefsky from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 7:51 pm
We have known Micah since he was ten years old. We had a special relationship with him as he had with us. He leaves a personal and spiritual void and will truly be missed. Our condolences to the Caplan family.
Helen and Bobby Rubenzik Helen and Bobby Rubenzik from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 7:29 pm
To the Caplan family and extended family Know that Micah will always have a place in our hearts. It can’t be a coincidence that his name was ‘Lev’. He was always a mensch, always caring and giving with a heart of gold. Surely, Micah has given you the gift of the best of what he was. His generosity and kindness to everyone is evident by seeing how many people he has touched in his short life. May you all be blessed forever by his good name and his good deeds. We are so sad. the Rubenzik, Brodsky, and Rosenfeld families
Rosemary Abrami Rosemary Abrami from Sun City West wrote on June 17, 2020 at 7:25 pm
A leader has left us...
Mel & Adele Mann Mel & Adele Mann from Miami wrote on June 17, 2020 at 7:19 pm
Very sad to say farewell to Micah Caplan. During his time in Miami, he touched many lives and made a real difference in our community. I was honored to serve as his ritual VP while at Bet Shira. In 2010, he served as a clergy in the March of the Living, and his contributions were immeasurable. He was honorable, smart, witty and a mensch. Heartfelt condolences to the Caplan family and his many friends & congregants. May his memory be a blessing to all who had a privilege of knowing him. BARUCH DAYAN HAEMET.
Krueger Family Krueger Family from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 7:16 pm
There are no words to describe the sadness we feel. Rabbi Caplan will always be an inspiration to our community. Our thoughts are with the family.
Tricia Ginis Tricia Ginis from Phoenix wrote on June 17, 2020 at 7:12 pm
Rabbi Caplan was a warm, welcoming presence making everyone he met feel a part of the community. He will be missed by so many.
Howard Silver Howard Silver from Bakersfield wrote on June 17, 2020 at 5:04 pm
It has been over 20 years that our congrgation hired a rabbinic student Micah Caplan. During his six- month tenure, he conducted services as well as giving lectures and detailed Parshas of the week. I was privileged to conduct a baby- naming service for Brianah. The Rabbi was very special and will forever be part of my soul.
Robert & Edythe Ligorsky & Family Robert & Edythe Ligorsky & Family from Scottsdale, Los Angeles, San Diego wrote on June 17, 2020 at 4:56 pm
The Ligorsky family were saddened by the passing of Micah, who we all knew as a child and loved. Our condolences to the entire Caplan-Weiss family.
Freidus Family Freidus Family from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 3:21 pm
I met Rabbi Caplan before my wedding in 2012. I could tell from our first conversation that he was a warm and generous person. He genuinely cared about me and my wife without really knowing much about us. He lead our wedding, my daughter's baby naming and my father's funeral. He was important to my family and we all looked forward to having him involved in other family functions. Rabbi Caplan will be sorely missed and his memory will always be a blessing.
Gayle and Ira Feldman Gayle and Ira Feldman from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 2:51 pm
Our deepest sympathy to your family at this terribly painful time. We send our sincerest condolences and share in your grief and loss. Our heart is broken. Our family was blessed to be touched by his love. His life was energized with his enthusiasm and commitment to Judaism, his ability to educate and share his wisdom, his compassion, empathy, spirituality, words of comfort and words of guidance & encouragement. Rabbi Caplan will be remembered in all of the ways his life touched each of us. I will always see his bright smile. His life is a reminder to us that ONE person can make a difference and we will continue to embrace his love of Judaism and humanity and pursue acts of MITZVOT to keep his memory flourishing. We hold you close in our prayers. Gayle and Ira Feldman
Vicki and Howard Cabot Vicki and Howard Cabot from Phoenix wrote on June 17, 2020 at 1:06 pm
We grieve with the community at the untimely loss of Rabbi Micah Caplan. His kindness, compassion and generosity touched so many and enriched our community in countless ways. We were blessed to have him among us, and may his memory be for a blessing,
Ken Ratner Ken Ratner from New York wrote on June 17, 2020 at 11:32 am
Rabbi Caplan was the most wonderful person anyone could ever imagine. He was so kind, giving, compassionate, caring and thoughtful, and I will truly miss the inspiring and uplifting talks he gave. I feel blessed to have know him by way of the online services and special messages that he posted. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and members of the congregation. I will never forget him. May his memory be for a blessing.
Sandee & David Levine (Josh & Rebecca) Sandee & David Levine (Josh & Rebecca) from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 11:21 am
Micah, you have changed our lives in ways we can't even express. You were there for us through so much and always supported us, no matter what. You made time for us when we needed you. You listened, you advised, you always knew just what to say. I am so blessed to have had so many opportunities to learn with you. I learned so much about Judaism, but also what it means to live a Jewish life. You helped us be better. You are also one of the people who helped Josh to be so successful at his Bar Mitzvah. Your willingness to learn about him and understand what he needed means so much to us. Thank you is not enough. Rest now, we will carry on your message.
Jill and Jon Roig Jill and Jon Roig from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 9:35 am
Rabbi Caplan will truly be missed. He was a great light to the community and brought wisdom, friendship, and kindness to all. We had the honor of being married under his Chuppah. He led a beautiful ceremony filled with inspiration and awe. His words will remain in our hearts. Sending much love to his family, friends and community during this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.
Danny Klein Danny Klein from Woodland Hills wrote on June 17, 2020 at 8:45 am
Micah, you were my USYer at CBK for a year or two and you made a lasting impression. You were thoughtful, caring, and seemed so very wide-eyed to the world that awaited you. How awesome is it to make such an impact on so many lives? Thank you for being in mine and for reminding me how important it is to live a righteous life. Kind of funny that almost 30 years ago I was entrusted with the duty of being a positive influence on you and now you have returned the favor. Thank you, Rabbi. Rest easy Micah. You did good, Kid! Danny
Linda and Robert Spiegelman Linda and Robert Spiegelman from Miami wrote on June 17, 2020 at 5:41 am
He was our Rabbi for only a short 5 years.He was truly what the word Rabbi means. He was kind, caring and always there for others. He will be missed by all. To his family we express our deepest condolences. May his memory be for a blessing
Curt Rosner Curt Rosner from Miami wrote on June 17, 2020 at 5:33 am
I was the president at Bet Shira at the time when we found Rabbi Caplan. Micah and I instantly connected and developed a bond that I have deeply cherished over the years. Micah was my Rabbi, my friend and my confidant, We walked to shul each Shabbat morning engaged in deep discussions about family, synagogue, world events and life. He taught me Torah and made me a better person. He made me a fan of the Sun Devils and I made him a Florida Gator fan. Micah was truly "called" to be a Rabbi. This was his passion--his life long work. He spread love and words of Torah to so many. He was one of the most caring souls that this world has ever seen. He was the most self-less person I have ever known. I will miss him so. I suspect that he was taken from us because God has much bigger plans for this incredible man; we will all undoubtedly be the beneficiaries of this great plan. I will always feels Micah's presence and be reminded of his teachings. My prayer is that his family feel some measure of comfort knowing the impact that this Tzadik, Micah Caplan, had on so many lives.
Alissa and Peter Cohen Alissa and Peter Cohen from Scottsdale wrote on June 17, 2020 at 12:23 am
We met Rabbi Micah when he first came to Or Chadash. And it felt like we had been friends forever. That's the kind of warmth he gave off. Over the years, we had the pleasure of working with him and so many Or Chadash and Or Tzion families -- including his own -- and we'll always remember how supportive he was of our business and how much he meant to each and every family in the congregation. We remember how, during every formal portrait session we had in the sanctuary, he would always step in for a few photos. It was important to him. And it was important to the families. Without fail he'd ask "Did you get it? Do I look OK? Is it in focus?" We had our little shtick back and forth, had a good laugh, but afterward you could tell from the images that he deeply cared about these young people. So as we say an absurdly premature goodbye, we'll always remember his warmth, humor, and caring. Our lives are better for having known him and we're sending our love and sympathy to his entire family.
Jeff and Amy Aronow Jeff and Amy Aronow from Maple Gove wrote on June 16, 2020 at 10:13 pm
Micah's legacy lives on through the lives of every person he touched, and the world will forever be a better place because of him. We are blessed to be among the privileged people who experienced his genuine kindness, warmth, and loving heart.
Laurie Sue Laurie Sue from Paradise Valley wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:25 pm
I will miss seeing his smiling face, loving kind open hearted warmth in his soul. His authentic way to comfort my family during difficult times. What a true mensch, always doing G-Ds work! I hold so dear to me his assignment at high holiday services one year to write an ethical will. My dad took this to heart and wrote us a very long email with his completed assignment. It is something I have treasured forever! May Micah continue to shine bright and show his family and loved ones signs from above forever. My deepest love is sent to all of you, his family and our Jewish community! Thank u for sharing your stories ❤️💫 May his memory be a blessing to eternity!
Daphna Enzer Daphna Enzer from South Pasadena wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:07 pm
I'm so heartbroken to hear about Rabbi Micah's sudden passing. He was so full of life and love as our rabbi at Shaarei Torah. I remember Brianna as a little toddler and was so moved to see her so grown at the zoom ceremony today. He inspired me to join my first synagogue back then and officiated so beautifully at my wedding at Zuma beach. We got so many compliments on the ceremony, that nobody could believe it was only his 8th wedding. He was truly born to lead and join and inspire in that way. My deepest condolences to the family and the Or Tzion community.
Rabbi Alicia Magal Rabbi Alicia Magal from Sedona wrote on June 16, 2020 at 7:44 pm
I knew about Micah even before I met him as I worked with his mother Tina and often heard stories of how proud she was of him and how well he was doing in his studies. Later we became colleagues and I respected his warmth, kindness, caring, and ability to make everyone he met feel embraced, heard, and appreciated. His years may have been too short but his impact will remain with so many people for years to come. His memory is truly for a blessing and he lives on in our hearts.
Ellen and David Tuckman Ellen and David Tuckman from Phoenix wrote on June 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm
The Tuckman’s mourn the passing of Micah Caplan who was Ellen’s Har Zion Torah tots student and Or Tzion employer. May his memory be a blessing to his family. He was a kind and caring friend, student and employer.
Franci Fealk and Michael Skolnick Franci Fealk and Michael Skolnick from Indianapolis wrote on June 16, 2020 at 6:55 pm
We send our deepest condolences to Rabbi Micah's family and friends. I first met Micah as a camper at Camp Ramah, and then later reconnected with him when I became a member of Or Tzion before I moved out of state. My mother and siblings continue to attend services at Or Tzion for the high holidays, and we especially appreciated Rabbi Micah's support as we grieved my father who passed away last summer. My husband and I were lucky to attend Friday night Shabbat services with my mother and sister while we were in town in February. Rabbi Micah had an incredible heart and cared for everyone he knew. I feel so lucky to have called him a friend. He will be missed and remembered fondly by everyone who knew him.
Debbie and Michael Troner Debbie and Michael Troner from Miami wrote on June 16, 2020 at 6:54 pm
How heartbroken we are on the loss and f this incredible Rabbi. He was in Miami for 5 short years but left a wonderful legacy of learning and appreciation of all that Judaism can offer. His Melton class was greatly admired. His love of the Dodgers and the Suns was legendary. But his love of all humanity was far greater. He will live on in our thoughts. Our heartfelt condolences to his children and family. Brianna’s eulogy was heartwarming and she too will be an incredible Rabbi.
Terry and Jeffrey Ellis Terry and Jeffrey Ellis from NORTHRIDGE wrote on June 16, 2020 at 6:46 pm
We are thinking of you and the whole family at this difficult time. May his memory be a blessing.
Thomas R Weller Thomas R Weller from Phoenix wrote on June 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm
As a Christian pastor, the first thing I learned at a young age, was from where my roots were planted. To that end, I have had Jewish mentors over the years, to help guide me in my quest to understand...I met Rabbi Caplan, through the family of my most recent mentor... Rabbi Caplan as he was prone to do, spent time talking of the history and basis of his faith. He and I would talk frequently, and I realized what a prize catch he was for you all. I will miss him, honor his memory and appreciate the time all of you shared him with me...thank you, thanks to Rabbi, and blessings and peace be with you all.
AJ Frost & Eden Brown AJ Frost & Eden Brown from Phoenix, AZ wrote on June 16, 2020 at 6:32 pm
We are so devastated by the loss of Rabbi Micah Caplan. He was our guide on our wedding journey and we were so excited that he was going to be our officiant. We looked forward to every one of our pre-marital counseling sessions. In every way, Rabbi Caplan was a mentor and friend. He answered our questions, gave us wise counsel, and propelled us forward. Rabbi Caplan, we will miss you so much. May your memory always be a blessing.
Zadel Strichartz Zadel Strichartz from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 5:25 pm
Rabbi Caplan was very helpful when my husband passed away. He is always been a friend and great spiritual leader. I was so happy to hear from him only days before he passed away. He seemed upbeat and he said he would call soon again. I will miss him. May he rest in peace. May his family remember all the great things that they did together.
Nanci Siegel Manson Nanci Siegel Manson from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 5:09 pm
What sadness I feel right now for the loss of a great community pillar. With deepest sympathies to his family, dear friends and congregants. May his memory be a blessing to those of us who’s lives he touched.
Michele and Robert Stone Michele and Robert Stone from Coral Gables wrote on June 16, 2020 at 4:44 pm
To Rabbi Caplan’s family, friends, and congregation, we extend our heartfelt sympathy. May his memory be for a blessing.
Rachel Sisk Rachel Sisk from Encino wrote on June 16, 2020 at 4:12 pm
t is in the difficult times, like the tragic experience that the synagogue is going through right now, when so many of us find ourselves without words/ Without the right words, without enough words, without the best words. I can only imagine how difficult this time is and am very sorry for the family's and your community's tremendous loss. In case those of us tuning in to today's funeral hadn't known it already, it was obvious from the heartfelt stories and very real grief, that Rabbi Caplan was very beloved. May his memory be a blessing.
Harold Weiss Harold Weiss from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Micah, you made the world a better place.
Rachel Rabinovich Rachel Rabinovich from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 3:42 pm
When we knew we were bringing home our son from Korea in 2012, it was Rabbi Caplan who helped us with the conversion process. We rejoined Or Chadash because he took the time to meet with us and be excited for our son and his upcoming conversion and baby naming. Rabbi Caplan was a constant in our lives without us even realizing it at Tot Shabbat and Chanukah and Purim services and then later as a spiritual leader for my son at Pardes. A few years ago I studied with him as part of the SULAM leadership group at Or Tzion. I loved learning Torah with him. I enjoyed his sermons and the tchotchkis at Rosh Hashanah. Lastly, this past year, almost to the day, he has provided guidance to me in my hour of need when I lost my brother. Again, he was a constant in our lives. Rabbi, the kindness you showed to my family I promise to show to yours. I hope you are having incredible reunions in the sky.
Mindie Factor Mindie Factor from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 3:29 pm
We are so saddened by the loss of such a good teacher, friend and rabbi. Micah was an incredible human being- a true mench. My family’s heart goes out to the Caplan family with sincerest sympathy. May Micah’s memory be a blessing. He will greatly be missed.
Nisha Chirnomas Nisha Chirnomas from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 3:18 pm
I have known Micah since 1981. He was a friend of my late daughter Stephanie. He was so caring and considerate helping me with her loss & my husband's. I will never forget his compassion. Recently he wrote me a lovely note on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Stephanie's death. My sincere condolences to Tina, Gabby, Michelle, Josh, Brianna, Julia, and Avi. Rabbi was an incredible man and loving father/son/brother, etc. He will be missed and not forgotten.
Trey Trey from Tempe wrote on June 16, 2020 at 2:47 pm
One of the kindest and most sincere people I met, I’m so happy I got to meet him and learn more about Judaism from him, no matter how briefly. He was cared so much about helping to change the world for the better, and was genuinely one of the best listeners I have ever met. The community at large will grieve the loss of such a good teacher, friend and father. May his memory be a blessing.
Amanda, Scott, Arianna & Jamison Walker Amanda, Scott, Arianna & Jamison Walker from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 2:15 pm
Our family is so sad by the loss of Rabbi Caplan. May his memory be a blessing. He taught both our daughters and they adored his lectures which uplifted them always. May his teachings remain always.
Virginie, Jeremy, Avery, & Julien Polster Virginie, Jeremy, Avery, & Julien Polster from SCOTTSDALE wrote on June 16, 2020 at 1:35 pm
The Polster family grieves with you and sends all its love, comfort, and prayers to Brianah, Julia, Avi, family, friends, Or Tzion, and the greater community. We will miss you Micah. Our memory of you will be a blessing.
Alice and Mark Evans Alice and Mark Evans from Del Mar, CA wrote on June 16, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Mark and I send our love and condolences to Rabbi Caplan’s family, and his partner, Gabi. Gabi is a dear friend of our daughter, and we consider Gabi part of our family. We are greatly saddened by Rabbi Caplan’s passing.
Alan Blank & Ellyn Sternfield Alan Blank & Ellyn Sternfield from Portland, Oregon wrote on June 16, 2020 at 1:10 pm
Micah was an extraordinary Rabbi and person. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, the Or Tzion community and the entire Arizona Jewish community on the loss of this wonderful man. May his memory be for a blessing.
Joan Charnow Joan Charnow from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm
I will miss the Rabbi everyday. May his memory be a blessing to everyone he knows.
Linda Nelson Linda Nelson from Sun City wrote on June 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm
To the Caplan family, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved having Bri and Julia in class and I am so sad for you both. I had met your dad on several occasions at parent night He was such a nice man. I am always here for you both. I watched the service , it was beautiful. Hugs to all. Your dad will always be with you and be a light for you. Love you , and your mom, Momma Nelson
Robert Young Robert Young from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm
Michah was more than a rabbi; he was a caring friend. My sincere condolences to his incredible family. He was a blessing to us all. May his memory be a blessing.
Miriam and Bob Carroll Miriam and Bob Carroll from West Hills wrote on June 16, 2020 at 12:47 pm
We are heartbroken by the death of Micah. We first met Micah and his brother Josh, when they attended an Open House with Tina at what was then, Congregation Beth Kodesh. Shortly after they became members of CBK, Tina and the boys joined our Havurah. Micah was always a warm and caring person, with a smile for everyone. It was pure joy to watch Micah grow into adulthood and become an exceptional rabbi. Our deepest sympathy to his three beautiful children, Brianah, Julia & Avi, to his parents, Tina and Murray, to his brothers, Josh, Jeremiah and Yonah and to his life partner, Gabi. May his memory be a blessing.
Marcia and Scott Ladin Marcia and Scott Ladin from Rochester and Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 12:41 pm
We are so, so sorry to hear about Rabbi Caplan's passing. He was always warm and welcoming when we winter in AZ and participate in services at Or Tzion. Our condolences to the entire family and community. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.
Rachel Schwartz Rachel Schwartz from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 12:39 pm
Rabbi Caplan. I will always remember you. We grew up together and you bar and bat mitzvahed both of my children. Thank you for making their days so special. You are slo special and will be missed a lot!
DeDe Sandler DeDe Sandler from Scottsdale wrote on June 16, 2020 at 12:23 pm
You will be missed Rabbi. You touched so many people's life. May your memory forever be a blessing.
Benjamin, Cindy, Jacob, and Rachel Walker Benjamin, Cindy, Jacob, and Rachel Walker from Phoenix wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:52 am
We are so sorry for your family’s loss. May his memory live on.
Susan Rosenbloom Susan Rosenbloom from Phoenix wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:50 am
The loss of Rabbi Micah Caplan is tragic, for his family, his Or Tzion family and the Jewish Community. He will be missed. May his name be for a blessing.
Rabbi Mark Hyman Rabbi Mark Hyman from Manhattan Beach, CA wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:27 am
Rabbi Micah Caplan was a sweet soul - always sharing a cheerful countenance and an outstretched hand. He was a blessing to his family, to his community, and to the Jewish People May he rest in Peace על מקומו יבוא בשלום
Sue and Harry Sperber Sue and Harry Sperber from Sacramento wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:22 am
Dearest Brianah, Julia, & Avi, Your daddy brought pride, joy, and inspiration to the life and legacy of our Caplan family tree. He was such a loving and kind and devoted role model for you and all our family. May his memory be for a blessing, Sue (Caplan) and Harry Sperber
Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon Rabbi Shana Chandler Leon from San Francisco wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:08 am
Dear ones, the light that your beloved Micah shined into this world came from the highest heavens and warmed us all; it will never be extinguished. May we live by the love and lessons he shared so expansively, by the ruach and chesed he gave so freely and without limit, by the inspiration of his spirit and the deep wisdom of his soul. May he rest under the wings of the Shechinah, and may you be comforted by an endless well of love and care. Shana, Danise, Adena, Jared, Andrew, Eli, Jonah, & Aaron
Matthew B. Levine Matthew B. Levine from PHOENIX wrote on June 16, 2020 at 9:08 am
My Rabbi, my teacher, my friend - we are devastated beyond comprehension. For over a decade your inspirational teaching, candid advice, warmth towards our children and family, your compassion and friendship has meant so much to us and will be forever missed. But, we will take your example of unparalleled personal relationship building, your words of Torah and the memories of laughter and celebration of building a community and spiritual home with us and find comfort in those. You will be missed here but our memories of you are eternal. Baruch dayan emet
Jennifer Jalowiec Carrocci Jennifer Jalowiec Carrocci from Phoenix wrote on June 16, 2020 at 8:55 am
“My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens, and to pick roses.” - Song of Songs 6:2 Jennifer & Justin Carrocci
Amy Hummell, Gesher Disability Resources Amy Hummell, Gesher Disability Resources wrote on June 16, 2020 at 8:52 am
Rabbi Caplan led the Gesher Model Seder in 2016. EVERY time I saw him after that he had a big hello for me and asked if he could do anything for Gesher members. We will miss him.
Michael Klekner Michael Klekner from Arcadia, CA wrote on June 16, 2020 at 8:36 am
I was part of the search committee of Congregation Shaarei Torah when we hired Rabbi Caplan soon after he was ordained. He was a wonderful Rabbi. Easy to work with. Very knowledgeable. His outgoing personality and great warmth always lightened up every room he entered. A very great loss and my deepest condolences to his family and the Or Tzion community.
Aaron Pratt Aaron Pratt from Phoenix, AZ wrote on June 16, 2020 at 8:35 am
Sending my deepest condolences to the Caplan family and the Or Tzion community. Rabbi Caplan was such an important part of our Phoenix Jewish community. His absence will be sorely felt. He leaves a tremendous legacy as a community builder, a relationship builder and a bridge builder. He was an ardent Zionist and deeply dedicated to Israel, the Jewish people and particularly the Jewish future. I will miss his friendship, partnership and advise. Baruch dayan emet.
Allison Collins Allison Collins from Phoenix wrote on June 16, 2020 at 8:13 am
His memory will always be a blessing. Always thinking of others and his students. So sorry for your personal loss
Laura Shniderman Laura Shniderman from Paradise Vly wrote on June 16, 2020 at 8:04 am
There are no words to express how deeply heartbroken we are over this profound and unexpected loss. Our prayers are with the Caplan family, his beautiful children, and so many friends who knew and loved him. Rabbi Caplan was a Pilar of strength, love, hope, and a cherished leader in our community. He will be missed dearly. May his spirit of positivity during these difficult times continue to light the way, making positive change in our world. With love and heartfelt gratitude for the meaningful life he lived, The Shniderman Family
Suzy Berkowitz Suzy Berkowitz from Paradise Valley wrote on June 16, 2020 at 7:56 am
Our family is heartbroken by Rabbi Caplan’s passing. He was such an wonderful part of the Pardes community and the whole Jewish community here in the Valley. He was so caring and sweet with our children. His presence and guidance will be missed. The Berkowitz Family
Scott Reiter Scott Reiter from Washington, DC wrote on June 16, 2020 at 7:50 am
I will never forget my dear friend from Ramah with the infectious smile who uplifted us every day. He was the first to laugh the first to sing, and the first to smile. He was happy to be there. And he was happy to be there with each of us. My thoughts, prayers, and love to his family and community.
Steve Bunin Steve Bunin from Seattle WA wrote on June 16, 2020 at 7:34 am
I am devastated. I wanted to briefly share how much Micah meant to me. We were counselors together in the same cabin for one summer at Camp Ramah (around 1995), and just had the best time. He was awesome with the kids, great with the other counselors and adults, and could balance religion, music, education, arts, sports, ruach, and just plain fun better than anyone I ever met. He and I proudly brought back a tradition (from his counselors in the 1980s) where, from up to 100 feet away, I'd magically send him numbers (0 up to 9,999) that campers would whisper in my ear. Using telepathy, Micah would reveal the number, sending the campers (& adults) into hysterics! We worked together another summer as well... and I later spent some time with him in both L.A. and Arizona, and I always broke into a huge smile whenever I heard from him, or saw a post on Facebook. Now, I'm horribly sad, but I know that over time, that smile will return. Whenever I think of him, I will remember so many good times and so many good deeds he did. My condolences to his family and the many friends and people he touched in his way-too-brief time here on earth. I miss you, buddy.
Ben Herman Ben Herman from Miami wrote on June 16, 2020 at 6:05 am
The world lost a great soul. Thank you for being who you were and for the impact you made on so many, including the congregation I am currently privileged to serve. We will miss you. Rabbi Ben Herman