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With great sadness we announce to the Congregation the passing of Steve Rivers, beloved husband of our Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers and father of Sophie Rivers, Talia Rivers (HABSTY President), and Julian Camilo Rivers.

Over the course of a lengthy and debilitating illness Steve remained a regular presence in our community, displaying fortitude and grace. Many congregants reached out to Steve with kindness and support only to discover a true friend and real inspiration for how to live life to its fullest.

The funeral will be held at Holy Blossom Temple on Sunday, March 8 at 11 am. Please click here to check the Benjamin’s Memorial website for shiva information.

May Lindi and her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May Steve’s memory be a blessing for our congregation and for all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Rabbi Yael Splansky and President Joan Garson

You are invited to leave messages of condolences below.

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  • Andrea Baltman
    Reply

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family Andrea Baltman

  • Cynthia Good & Dan Aronchick
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    You have many people who admire and care for you. May that sustain you through this difficult time. And may your many gifts continue to shine and reflect the support and goodness of Steve.
    Cynthia and Dan

  • Caroline Ingvaldsen
    Reply

    May his memory be for a blessing to his family and to us all.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Caroline Ingvaldsen.

  • Carla Baudot
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    These are sad and difficult times for you and your family. May you all derive much strength and comfort from the wonderful memories you have of your happy times with Steve.
    Erica, Alain and I send you our sincere condolences.

  • Terrye & Jack Kuper
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    Dear Lindi: Jack and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time of grief. I have admired your strength and courage these many months, coping with what must have been the most trying circumstances. Therefore I know that strength will sustain you into the future in health and comfort together with your lovely daughters and family.
    Terrye & Jack Kuper.

  • Florence Hertzman
    Reply

    Lindi–My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your husband Steve..
    When I hear your remarkable singing, I am up-lifted.
    Your gift is cherished by the Temple.
    Most sincerely,Florence Hertzman

  • Eleanor and Peter Loebel
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    Dear Lindi,
    Please know that we are thinking of you and your family as we send
    Our very deepest sympathies .
    Steve will be remembered as the special person he was.
    Ellie and Peter loebel

  • Ellen Sue and David Mesbur
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and family,
    Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. May you be strengthened by the loving and sweet memories you cherish.
    Sincerely,
    Ellen Sue and David Mesbur

  • Lisa Swimmer
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of Steve. May your beautiful memories carry you through the tough times ahead. Sending you strength and courage during this difficult time.
    Love, Lisa Swimmer and family

  • Elke and Melville Olsberg
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and family, Elke and I join in your sorrow at the untimely passing of Steve. I guess the only consolation is that he will not suffer any more and that he will be at peace.

  • Charles and Joy Cohen
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    We are so sorry to learn of your loss and offer our sincerest condolences at this difficult time. May you gather strength from your family, friends and the whole Holy Blossom Community and may Steve’s memory be a blessing to all.
    Charles and Joy Cohen

  • Geri Puritch
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and family. I’m very sorry for the loss of a great man, a husband, father and friend. He touched the lives of many and made the world brighter with his light. May God bless you all at this very sad time with much healing love.
    Geri

  • Barbara Organ
    Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about Steve’s passing Lindi. May you be comforted by your good memories and the love of your family and our congregation. And may his name be for a blessing to us here and in Jerusalem.

  • Jeffrey Freedman & Robyn Blatt
    Reply

    We are sorry for your loss. Are thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jeff & Robyn

  • Phyllis Wintraub
    Reply

    Lindi and family: Steve’s brave struggle and your striving over this time to be wife, caregiver, mother and clergy have been an inspiration. You,Steve, Talia and Sophie have taught us all how to live through adversity with grace and strength and sometimes even humour. You have my admiration and my sincerest condolences on your loss. With love, Phyllis.

  • Marlene and Stanley Stein
    Reply

    Lindi,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Marlene and Stan Stein

  • Rob Herman
    Reply

    Dear Lindi, I was very sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know that whenever I saw you and Steve at Friday night services that you always appeared very strong and I’m sure that strength and the strength of the Holy Blossom community will help to carry you through this difficult time. Rob Herman.

  • Michael & Pam Albert
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    Dear Lindi,

    Pam and I were so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. The community of Holy Blossom has always been a source of strength for us as I am sure it will be for you and your family at this time. Our thoughts are with you all at this time

    Michael & Pam Albert

  • John and Nora Freund
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    Lindi and family, we are thinking of you at this sad time. May you be comforted by the knowledge that you have many friends who mourn with you.

  • Andrei Horvath and Charleen Glaun
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    Lindi, heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband, Steve. We wish you long life. Andrei Horvath and Charleen Glaun.

  • Gail Kerbel
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    I am very sorry about your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    Gail

  • Carol Abugov
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and Family,
    I was saddened to learn of the loss of your husband and father. Please accept my warmest wishes and heartfelt sympathy.
    Carol

  • Ellen B. Levine
    Reply

    I was so saddened to hear this news, Lindi. I know that you and your family will derive comfort and support from your many friends and from your own deep inner strength.
    With great fondness,
    Ellen

  • Ann Rosenfield
    Reply

    My thoughts and best wishes are with you Lindi and your family during this difficult time.
    Ann Rosenfield

  • Tobye and Sydney Sennet
    Reply

    Sincere condolences of your loss. We wish you and yours peace, love and good health.
    Tobye and Sydney

  • Etta Ginsberg McEwan
    Reply

    May God keep y ou safe and sound during this difficult and painful time. Take care of yourself.
    Steve remains in your memories, heart and soul.
    Etta Ginsberg McEwan

  • erin claman
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    Dearest Lindi,
    May Steve’s memory, forever and for always, be for a blessing.
    You and your family are gently in my prayer,

    Erin

  • Liz Tarshis
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    Dear Lindi,
    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Your love and courage as a family have impacted us all. We send our deepest sympathies and hope that the strength of your family, along with the community that stands behind you gives you comfort.
    Liz and Rick

  • Annie & Michael Appleby
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    Dear Lindi and family, We were saddened today to hear that Steve had passed away. Please know that the Holy Blossom community will continue to give you support and comfort.
    Lindi you have been a wonderful role model for all with your grace and strength. May G-d continue to give you strength to get through this difficult time. Michael and Annie Appleby and family

  • Sheila Bacher
    Reply

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Sheila Bacher

  • Beth
    Reply

    Lindi, My deepest condolences. I hope you and your family are comforted by all of the loving support from your friends and community. May Steve’s memory be a blessing.

  • Bernie Greenspan
    Reply

    I share your tears my friend

  • Michael & Janet Ryval
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and family,
    We are very saddened to hear that Steve has died.
    Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.
    Michael & Janet

  • Dr. Melvyn Iscove
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband/father. Although at this time you are feeling your loss, know that in time you will be feeling how much he is still with you and always will be.
    Sincerely,
    Mel Iscove

  • Nancy Ruth
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    So very sorry and sad to hear this news ! From Jerusalem, I send you and the family my sincerest sympathies and condolences – and hope that all the wonderful memories that you, Steve and the family shared in the past will help sustain you during these most difficult days.
    Nancy

  • Ruth Ellen and Sheldon Greenwood
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    We were very sorry to hear the sad news about Steve. May his memory be for blessing. We hope your good memories and the love of family and friends will bring you comfort at this difficult time.
    With our sincere sympathy to you and your family,
    Ruth Ellen and Sheldon

  • Dr. Naim Dallal
    Reply

    RENEE AND I WERE VERY SAD TO HEAR THE LOSS OF A NOBLE GENTLEMAN STEVE RIVERS. HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS FAITHFUL CONGREGATION .

    OUR SYMPATHY AND CODOLESONCE TO HIS BELOVED FAMILY

    NAIM AND RENEE
    FROM SF , CA

  • Fredzia and Dow Marmur
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    We’ve admired your fortitude as long as we’ve known you and tried to say it to you. We hope and pray that your strength and determination will see you through also these difficult times and that, together with your family, you’ll face the burden of loss and grief. Holy Blossom Temple needs you and we know that its members will be there for you in these difficult times.

  • Bryan Charendoff
    Reply

    Lindi and family – I am so sorry to hear about Stephen’s passing. Although I didn’t know him I know he faced his illness with dignity and bravery nobody can comprehend. Use his strength to help you through this difficult time. May his everlasting memory be for a blessing.

  • Linda and Abe Neufeld
    Reply

    Dear Lindi, Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are thinking of you at this time and wishing you comfort and peace. May Steve’s memory be a blessing to all of us he will be sadly missed. Our sincere sympathy and friendship.

  • Rosalie Sussman
    Reply

    I was saddened to learn of the tragic loss of Steve. After the suffering he went through may it be a comfort, to you and your family. to know he is now resting in peace and may you be spared from further sorrow.
    Rosalie

  • Janet and Norman Shiner
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. We wish you strength and please know our love and payers are with you today and always.
    Janet, Norman, Jackie, Lesley, Audrey & Jenny

  • Cindy Stulberg
    Reply

    Dear Lindi, I did not know Steve well but he attended a professional training I had offered. He appeared to be a caring knowledgeable and very competent therapist. I extend my condolences and wanted you to know he made a lasting impression . I am sorry to hear about his death.

  • Judy and Richard Toker and Family
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and Family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences at this very sad time. We have you in thoughts and our prayers and we wish you comfort and strength for the days ahead. Richard, Judy, Maddy and Jonathan

  • Barry & Susan Borden
    Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lindi and your entire family at this sad time –

  • Sandy Atlin
    Reply

    I send you and your family heartfelt sympathy on your loss. May you be granted the same courage and strength to go through this as you had when both of you faced his illness with such grace and bravery. You know you have the love and support of your Temple family to help you however we can.

  • Hardy Steinke
    Reply

    Dearest Lindi, Sophie, Talia and Julian, my heart and prayers are for you in your great loss and sorrow. May you feel the nearness of God, and may your hearts be comforted and filled with hope toward a day when we will all be together forever. All my love, Hardy

  • RABBI BERNARD BASKIN
    Reply

    DEAR LINDI
    I WAS DEEPLY SADDENED TO LEARN OF STEVE’S DEATH.
    HIS LONG UNHAPPY PERIOD OF SUFFERING IS OVER, BUT HIS MEMORY WILL REMAIN AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION TO ALL WHO KNEW HIM.
    YOUR DEVOTION AND CONCERN WERE EXEMPLARY.
    I JOIN YOU AND YOUR DEAR ONES DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD.

    • Lindi Rivers
      Reply

      I am so touched and comforted by all of your kind and moving words. I wish that I could reply to each of you personally but please know that my children and I are truly grateful for your support. Each message reminds me that we are not alone, and gives encouragement that in time healing will be possible.

  • Ssharon Polansky
    Reply

    Linda, I was saddened to hear of your loss and want you to know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May Steve’d memory always be a blessing to you.

    Sharon Polansky.

  • Gerald & Judy Slan
    Reply

    Dear Lindi
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Gerald & Judy

  • Lynn Burton
    Reply

    Lindi:I am so sad to hear this devastating news. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Judy and Eric Breuer
    Reply

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved husband. Our thoughts are with you.

    Judy and Eric Breuer

  • Marcia Zemans
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and family,
    Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Sending strength in this difficult time.
    Marcia, Adam, Jacob and Hannah

  • David Gershon
    Reply

    Lindi, Thinking of you and your family… and sweet memories of Steve. Judy and I are keeping you in our hearts and sending lots and lots of love at this hard time.

    David

  • Bob & Dorothy Aaron
    Reply

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved husband and father. May his memory be a blessing for you all.

  • Syrelle Bernstein
    Reply

    Dear Lindi, Sophie and Talia, my family and I are so sorry to hear about your loss. Steve was a lovely man. My thoughts are with you.
    Fondly Syrelle

  • Frances and Paul Hellen
    Reply

    Lindi, we send our most sincere condolences to you and all your dear family.
    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Frances and Paul

  • Etienne and Aubrey Kaplan
    Reply

    Our sincere condolences to all on the passing of Steve. Sorry that we are out the country and not able to attend the funeral. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Linda Wolfe
    Reply

    Dear Lindi, Sophie, Talia and Julian, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Steve. I hope that happy memories will help to provide some comfort during this difficult time. Sending love, Linda

  • Lydia Levin
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    Lindi, Sophie and Tali,
    Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you as you mourn the loss of Steve. We wish you a long life.
    With love,
    Lydia and Sophie

  • Arthur and Freda Ariella Muscovitch
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    Dear Lindi, Sophie, Talia, Julian,
    We know you will have the strength and support from all of us. We feel very sad for the loss of your husband and father. Lindi, your voice has expressed and carried all of us in good and difficult times. We hope that now our collective voice will help you and your family through this loss.
    Thinking of you,
    Arthur and Freda Ariella

  • howard gotlib
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    I am so sorry for your pain and sadness.

    I regret being unable to return to Canada for the funeral.

    My thoughts, and my prayers are with you all at this time.

    Uncle Howie

  • Alice and Ron Charach
    Reply

    Lindi, the great courage that Steve and your family showed during the final months of his illness will long be remembered. May his name and the good work he did for his patients be remembered as blessings.

  • Bram Aaron
    Reply

    Lindi my sincerest condolences to you and your family on your loss. May all your happy memories sustain you at this most difficult time.

  • Bob and Nadine Charendoff
    Reply

    Dear Lindi, Talia and Sophie, Words cannot express our sadness about Stephen’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences, and take comfort in knowing that he is now at peace. Keep his memories in your hearts and minds always… may they forever be a blessing. Bob & Nadine Charendoff

  • Marlene & Robert Ruderman
    Reply

    Lindi,
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    Robert & Marlene Ruderman

  • Joi Cole
    Reply

    My deepest of condolences for the passing of your husband. He was far too young and far too early to leave this world. May he rest in peace. May your family find peace in your memories of Steve.

  • Judy and Carl ritchie
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    Lindi, how sorry we are for your loss. Steve was very special as are you. Please know that we are thinking of you and accept our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    Love,
    Judy and Carl

  • Daniel Penciner
    Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Daniel Stuart and Olivia

  • Michael Davis
    Reply

    My heart felt condolences to you and
    your family Lindi. May you know sorrow
    no more and have the strength to carry
    yourself and your family into the future
    with the grace you have demonstrated .

  • Jennifer Hunter
    Reply

    Lindy: I am so sorry about your loss. You have been so brave and strong; so admirable. My heart goes out to you and your family. Many hugs, Jennifer Hunter

  • Pavle Levkovic
    Reply

    Lindi, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. I wish you and your family strength at this difficult time.

  • Bob Klotz & Lyn Feldman
    Reply

    Lindi – We are so sorry to learn of Steve’s death. We wish you and your family strength during this very sad time. With deepest condolences,
    Lyn & Bob

  • Carol & Robert Collin
    Reply

    To Lindi & family

    We extend to you our deepest sympathies on the passing of your husband, Steve.

  • Jan and Robert Simonsky
    Reply

    Dear Lindi and Family,
    We are so terribly sorry to hear of Steve’s passing.
    Beautiful memories and a cherished life together will keep your hearts warm.
    We wish you strength and courage to carry you through this very delicate and trying time.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Jan and Robert

  • Pnina Margolese
    Reply

    My heartfelt condolences to you Lindi, and Sophie and Talia. May Steve’s memory be for a blessing. Love Pnina

  • Francie and Stuart Klein
    Reply

    Dear Cantor,
    It is with great sadness that we read about your tremendous loss. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time in your life.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Stuart and Francie

  • Mary and Jose Goldman
    Reply

    Lindi, we are very sad by this news. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Lynne and Laurence Colman
    Reply

    Laurie myself and Tayor are very saddened for your loss! Please know that we thinking of you at this time and extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Lynne and Laurence Colman and Taylor Kedilerli

  • Gail Berman
    Reply

    Lindi, please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences. Even on the few times that I spoke with Steve, I found him to be a warm and intelligent person. Please also extend my condolences to Sophie and Talia. May you all find strength to carry on, while always cherishing fond memories. Condolences also from my mother, Susan.
    Most sincerely,
    Gail

  • Michaele-Sue Goldblatt
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,

    What a terrible, sad and tragic loss for you, your children and family. I am thinking of you and hope that the love of many friends and the whole Holy Blossom family will bring you some comfort and peace.

  • Sandi Schafer
    Reply

    Dear Lindi,
    I am so sorry for this terrible loss. May you have great comfort from your family and friends and your wonderful gift of music.
    Sandi Schafer

  • Ellen and Alan Levine
    Reply

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Denise Gordon
    Reply

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our family will always cherish the time spent together in China with Steve. He will continue to inspire.
    May Steve’s memory be a blessing to you and your family – now and always.
    With deepest sympathies,
    Denise Gordon, Dennis Chow, and Chloe & Jonathan Gordon-Chow

  • Gail and Zel Bocknek
    Reply

    Lindi, we are so sorry for your loss. Steve seemed like a lovely man and we saw how hard he tried. His efforts and your strength are wonderful models for your children. Please know that we are thinking of you.
    Gail and Zel

  • Eric Petersiel
    Reply

    Our deepest condolences to you Lindi. Tami, Eric, Lilah and Micah

  • Seymour and Gloria Temkin
    Reply

    Our deepest sympathy on your sad loss. May your good memories bring comfort to you at this time. We wish you long life.

  • Randy and Mathew Malinsky
    Reply

    We are saddened by your loss and we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Randy and Mathew

  • Susan and David Speigel
    Reply

    We are thinking of you Lindi and your family.
    Wishing you continued strength and the love and support of friends and family.
    Susan and David

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