Deceased Information


    Rabbi Marc Wilson

    Harav Moshe Chaim ben Shimon v. Shoshe

  • AGE



    Wednesday, February 08, 2023 (After Sunset)


    Sunday, February 12, 2023


    3:00 PM




    Meeting ID: 869 1202 2602

    Passcode: 172560


    Shiva will be observed at the home of Chanie and Scott Steinberg (1173 Empire Road, Atlanta, GA, 30329.)

    Visitors are welcome at the following times:

    Monday - Thursday, February 13-16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and 6:00 - 9:00 pm

    Friday, February 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 - 3:00 pm

    Shiva Minyan Times :


    Monday - Friday: 7:30 am


    Sunday - Thursday: 6:00 pm


    Rabbi Marc Wilson, 73, died Wednesday, February 8, 2023. He was a Torah scholar, beloved educator, gourmet chef and caterer, music lover, and self-proclaimed hippie. His self-effacing humor and wit and powerful oratory style touched many, young and old alike. He took great pride in building bridges between Jews and those of other faiths.

    Marc was born and raised in Chicago to parents Simeon and Sophie Wilson in 1949. He received his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Theological College and a BA in Sociology from Depaul University. He served as the rabbinical leader of Adas Shalom in Morton Grove, IL, Shearith Israel in Atlanta, GA, Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC, and Beth Israel in Greenville, SC. He was a noted columnist for publications including the Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, Chicago Tribune, and Reader’s Digest. He was a community organizer and activist throughout his adult life. Among his accomplishments, he founded the first two synagogue-based homeless shelters in the country and the Year of Altruism which encouraged and celebrated altruism, focusing the Greenville community on fostering acts of kindness, drawing participation and sponsorship from over a hundred Greenville organizations. He was cited as Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Public Servant of the Year and Greenville Magazine’s Fifty Most Influential Citizens.

    Survivors include his wife, Linda Wilson of Greenville, SC; daughter and her husband Anna (Chanie) and Scott Steinberg of Atlanta, GA, son and his wife Joey and Jessica Wilson of Atlanta, GA, son and his wife Benjamin and Joy Wilson of Riverdale, NY, stepchildren Heather and Phil Weinstein of Apex, NC, and Geoffrey and Laura Binnick of Apex, NC; 14 Grandchildren Sophie, Jordan, and Izzy Steinberg, Simeon, Mikey and Jonathan Wilson, Rachel, Batya, Ella, and Alex Wilson, Talia and Evan Weinstein, and Allie and Myles Binnick.

    A memorial service was held at Congregation Beth Israel in Greenville, SC with Rabbi Sharon Cohen officiating, and graveside services were held at Crest Lawn Cemetery in Atlanta, GA with Rabbi Adam Starr officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Beth Israel or Congregation Ohr HaTorah.


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  • Lori and Joel Kantziper

    Our rabbi from Or Ve Shalom in Atlanta was called out of the country right before Joel and I were to be married in May 1985. I’m not sure how it happened, but we found ourselves meeting with Rabbi Wilson as the “backup quarterback.” He was so personable, warm, charming, funny. He performed our ceremony and we couldn’t have been happier. We’re still married! Our deepest condolences to his family and everyone who loved him. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Susan Lips

    I am so sorry to hear about Marc. He was an inspiration to me and so many at Shearith Israel. His sermons were brilliant and no Rabbi has ever come close to inspiring me. I consider him my Rabbi and the one who taught me the most and made me want to attend services. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Rona and Barry Seidel

    Rabbi Marc Wilson was an inspiration to our whole family. His sermons and writings were brilliant, and his Purim costumes were fun and creative. He made us all feel that we were special. Rest in peace, dear Marc.

  • Rabbi Donald Tam

    I first met Rabbi Wilson in Chicago in 1973 or 1974 when he was serving as Rabbinic Leader in Morton Grove, IL. I was Assistant Rabbi at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe at the time. He visited the Congregation one afternoon with a class of youngsters he was teaching from his Shul. I found him engaging, open, creative, thoughtful and kind. I immediately liked him. Those feelings never left me. We met here again in Atlanta in the late 1970’s. He spoke to my Congregation in Roswell many times and before that at Temple Emanuel in Dunwoody. What a shiur he could give! What a fantastic sermon he was capable of. In all my years in the rabbinate, I never met any better. He had a quick and agile mind. His mother ( z”l) once said he could look at a box of Post Toasties and give a Shabbat sermon from its text on the spot. I did not doubt her. My friend, my teacher, in many ways one of my guides into more traditional ways of observing the majesty that is Jewish thought and life, along with a few other Orthodox Rabbis in Atlanta, I will never forget him. He helped shape my own rabbinate. May you, his family, be comforted in knowing the important, good effect he had on individuals of diverse background. May the Holy One Blessed Be He, bless his memory and send comfort to his loved ones along with all who mourn in Zion and Jerusalem. Rabbi Donald Tam

  • Deborah fink.

    Rabbi mark Wilson was like the pied Piper..inspirational family came to shearith Israel because of him in 1980....he was great with our children.his memory will always be a blessing.condolences to all the Wilson children and the family

  • Deborah fink

    Rabbi mark was like the pie

  • Elliot and Peggy Gartner

    Very sorry to hear of Marc passing. We so enjoyed having him here in Charlotte as our Rabbi. May his memory be for a blessing..

  • Lisa Rockwitt

    I am so sorry to hear about Rabbi Wilson. My condolences to the whole family.

  • Frances Goodman Kohn

    So sorry for your loss - Rabbi Wilson brought a love, excitement and joy for Judaism when he was our Rabbi at Shearith Israel. He was someone very special!

  • Phyllis Beck Kurtzman

    Condolences to ALL. May his Memory Be For a Blessing.

  • Andrea Seidel Slomka

    Rabbi Wilson inspired our childhoods at Shearith Israel with experiential Jewish learning, yiddishkeit, and ruach. His legacy endures through so many of my generation, now living adult lives immersed in Judaism that we are passing forward to our own children. His memory is a blessing.

  • Marty Oxman,Charlotte,N C

    My Condolences To The Wilson Family

  • Stuart Cristol-Deman

    So, so sorry for your loss. May he live on in your memories. I know he will in mine.