Cynthia Fierstein, D.G. Myers’ sister-in-law, reports of David’s death on Friday: “He was home and surrounded by his family, friends, and his books.” She passes along this message:
Here is the information regarding funeral and shiva visiting hours for Naomi's husband, David. The funeral will be Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Epstein Memorial Chapel, 3232 E. Main St.
Shiva visiting will be at Naomi's house, 2645 Bryden, starting Tuesday morning, through Friday morning. Shiva is a time to visit the family (and really all are welcome) and then there will be services at the house in the morning and the evening. Services will held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Visiting hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 3 to 8 p.m.
Here is a simple guide to Jewish mourning practice:
1. It is traditional for the immediate family to be seated in low chairs, eating some traditional foods. The mourners will not come to greet you but you can come to them. There will likely be lots of people, many of them orthodox. Do not be offended if someone of the opposite sex does not shake your hand, some of them don't for religious reasons. No need to dress up but it would be most respectful to dress modestly. There is a traditional phrase to say to mourners to alleviate you from struggling to know what to say. It will be posted in the house (English and Hebrew). Feel free to talk to the mourner but take your cues from them.
2. DON'T BRING FOOD, the Jewish community will be providing meals for the family. Everything has to be strictly kosher.
3. Flowers are not a part of the Jewish funeral tradition., If you wish to make a charitable donation in David’s memory, Naomi asks that your direct your contributions to the options below:
A. Dov, Saul, Isaac and Mimi
Funds for the children will be established. These will be custodial accounts for the benefit and welfare of Dov, Saul, Isaac and Mimi. Donations can be made by sending checks made out to Naomi Myers, Dov, Saul, Isaac or Mimi Myers. 2645 Bryden Rd., Bexley, Ohio, or if you wish to donate directly to the funds, that information will be available in the next week or so.
B. Zusman Hospice, care of Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209.
C. The research fund of Dr. Steven Clinton.
Checks made out to: James Cancer Hospital. Please write on memo line: Fund#302024 OR Prostate Cancer Prevention Fund
Mail to: The James Development Office. 660 Ackerman Road P.O. Box 183112 Columbus, Ohio 43218-3112.
D. Congregation Torat Emet, 2375 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio 43209.
Thank you for all your love and support. Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think might want it.
This also comes from Cynthia:
“Naomi would like to compile a collection of stories about experiences you may have shared with David so that she can create a book for Dov, Saul, Isaac and Mimi to better remember their father. Naomi's sister, Cynthia, has generously taken on the responsibility of collecting the stories from anyone who would like to contribute. Nothing is too short or too long, feel free to include David's crazy side and/or off-color jokes. Please send your stories, memories, and thoughts of David to both Naomi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Cynthia (email@example.com). As David was an avid internet, facebook and twitter user, please feel free to share this request with anyone who knew him either in person or electronically. Please do not post these stories on facebook or twitter but send to the above emails.”