??????? From a former student of Rabbi Helman's at Wheeling Jesuit University.
RIP Rab, I so enjoyed being your student. Linda LaCasse Wheeler'72 Wheeling College
I've always held Rabbi Helman in high regard. May he rest in peace.
Shalom Dear Rabbi Helman,
As promised the last time we spoke, I will never forget you. You touched so many lives and blessed so many as you gave endlessly and tirelessly of yourself. We will never forget you.
Barbara and jack blumenfeld
Rabbi Leonard Helman and I played bridge together in the 1980s and became firm friends thereafter. He visited us in Sydney, Australia, a number of times (including our son's Barmitzvah, and we visited him at bridge tournaments in the USA and in his home town, Santa Fe. He was one of the highlights in our lives.
Rabbi Helman married us on April 4th 1982.We are still married 31 yrs. later.
Rabbi Helman presided over our wedding on May 28th, 1988. It was held in the garden yard of our good friends, Al and Kathy Jahner and Ellie and I will always remember The Rabbi's beautiful service. We enjoyed it all over again just a few days ago as we went thru the pictures of our 25th anniversary and were able to revisit the day with The Rabbi. We are truly blessed to have known this man.
We all will miss this wonderful human being. He positively affected the lives of so many and made us feel, similar to everyone else who knew him, that he was our Rabbi. This was true even though we were in Chicago and our parents in Los Angeles.
Life will go on but his death created a loss which will not go away.
Sandy, Binyamina , Bee and Bruce Schulman.
To the Family of the Rabbi,
I had the pleasure of working with him at the Public Service Commission. My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.
Rabbi Leonard was a man of many talents and skills but, most of all, he was a man of great compassion. It was a privilege to
know him. Tom Moore
Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai ehad.
My first recollections of Rabbi Helman, was his attendance at Christmas Eve Masses at Saint Francis Cathedral; tall and elegantly dressed he seemed that he might at any moment tap dance up and down the aisle. I also was blessed to have Rabbi as a professor at College of Santa Fe, having a few erasers landing on my desk in front of me exclaiming my very wrong answer such as explaining David and Jonathan's Agape Love as 'true Christian love.' And when I met Rabbi a few years ago at the bottom of the front steps of the Cathedral, with hundreds of people around us waiting in line to enter the celebration of the Basilica proclamation, I helped him up the stairs and ran ahead to convince the attendants at the Cathedral Basilica doors to allow Rabbi to come forward to the head of the long line. With my priestly collar on, I was certain they would recognize me, and it seemed they did as I approached them they looked my way and excitedly walked right past me to hug and kiss Rabbi past the throng and seemingly carry him into the Cathedral like the Jewish Pope of Santa Fe he was. Vaya con HaShem, muy estimado y querido Raboni. Baruch HaShem.
It was a privilege working with him to create an exhibtion of his world class collecton of Jewish themed coins. Arthur M. Feldman, Museum Consultant and Estate Appraiser
There are few in this world about whom can be said "I have never heard an unkind word pass his lips." Leonard Helman was such a man.
I, as many of could surely do, tell countless stories of our times together, his laughter, his love of life, his teaching, his intellect, his faith. He first came to Santa Fe to lead a small congregation but his message of love and peace enriched all our lives.
Such a special person. So bright, in every respect. Leonard was an example of how to do the right thing in life. How to live, how to love. How to give.
Roma Italia/ Santa Fe
I will miss Leonard soooo much. He was the best person in Santa Fe.....
Leonard was a dear man, a wonderful Rabbi and a fabulous dancer. He was also a shark as a bridge player. The sharpness of mind required for bridge served him well from the pulpit and in his legal career. He championed people who couldn't stand for themselves. He loved being around young people and bright minds and it kept him youthful to the end. We will miss his humor and strength. Sim Shalom!
If you ever met him, you'll never forget him.
Adios, amico caro.
Andrea Drew Bacigalupa