Please mark your calendars, save the date, and join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Rabbi Ephraim Zimand. See below
Traditional Congregation to Host a Community Memorial Service to Honor the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Ephraim Rabbi Zimand, ז״ל
Rabbi Ephraim Zimand dedicated his life to strengthening the Jewish identity of his congregants and Jewish life in America. It has been a daunting challenge for Traditional rabbis in these generations. Assimilation and trends to the left and the right took American Jews to other places and shrank the size of those dedicated to the UTJ’s motto: “אמונה צרופה וישר דעת” -- “genuine faith with intellectual integrity.” He served proudly with significant accomplishment, at Traditional Congregation for 26 years, until his retirement nearly 11 years ago.
Rabbi Zimand’s passion was learning and teaching. He enriched the lives of countless students at Traditional Congregation and in a wide range of classrooms across the community. As a master teacher, he was the Melton Ethics faculty member for some 18 years; he has impacted many in leadership roles throughout the community. His students speak fondly of him and they often learned with him for many years; they are surely his most important and lastly legacy.
His favorite source was Pirke Avot, the section of the 1,800 - 2,000-year old Mishnah which primarily gently deals with ethical behavior. Many of his classes continued for years, exploring and applying Pirke Avot to life and the personal lives of his students. In writing he often would aim to connect other elements of Torah and general wisdom to teachings from Pirke Avot.
Rabbi Zimand was also active in the St Louis Jewish community. A musmach (ordainee) of Yeshivah University, he supported non-Orthodox rabbis as a member of the SLRA (St Louis Rabbinic Association), and over the years he worked with his peers on numerous educational programs throughout the community. .
Rabbi Zimand was a proud Zionist, which was punctuated by his retirement in Israel where two of his children and several grandchildren live.