Rabbi Harry Sherer, PhD, passed away on January 25th, 2017 with his wife Ruth by his side. Rabbi Sherer was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1915. He received multiple degrees and licenses including BA, MA, EdD, PhD, MFT, and was an ordained Rabbi. Some of the schools he attended included Columbia, Harvard, and UCLA. Rabbi Sherer was a passionate educator. He worked as a teacher on the east and west coast. He also proudly served as the Dean of California Community Colleges in Sacramento. He was very well known for the time he served as a Rabbi for many synagogues on the west coast. In the 60's, he opened the first temple in Las Vegas, Nevada and converted Sammy Davis Jr. to Judaism. Rabbi Sherer predeceased by his 4 children. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth, his 9 grandchildren, his 12 great grand children, and 1 great great grandchild. In his final years, he was cared for and supported by the wonderful staff at La Vida at Mission Viejo. Services will be held for Rabbi Sherer at Pacific View Memorial Park on Sunday January 29th at 10AM, where he will be buried. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you donate to The Circle at the Chabad Jewish Center of Mission Viejo (949.770.1270).
Published in Los Angeles Times on Jan. 28, 2017.