Rabbi Moshe (Morris) Cotel

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COTEL--Rabbi Moshe (Morris), died suddenly but peacefully at age 65 on October 24, 2008, during morning prayer. Moshe was a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and one of the youngest recipients of the Rome Prize in Music Composition. He retired as Chair of Composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and received rabbinical ordination from The Academy for Jewish Religion in 2003. At his death, Moshe was serving as the Rabbi at Temple Beth El, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. His acclaimed opera Dreyfus was performed internationally, and thousands of people around the country heard and were influenced by his Chronicles: A Jewish Life at the Classical Piano, a performance piece charting his spiritual journey in music and rabbinic text. His loss is irreparable to his wife, dancepartner, and friend, Aliya Cheskis-Cotel, his children Orli and Sivan, father-in-law Barzillai Cheskis, sisters-inlaw Varda Cheskis-Sauer and Rena Cheskis-Gold and families, and friends and colleagues around the world. Donations in Moshe's name may be made to kulanu.org.
Published in The New York Times on Oct. 28, 2008