Deceased Information


    Herschel Chaim Shalom Siegel

    Herschel Chaim Shalom ben Mordechai v Ayelet ha Shachar

  • AGE



    Friday, April 28, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Monday, May 01, 2023


    1:00 PM




    • ❖ Jewish Charity or Institution of your choice


    Herschel had a big personality.   Loved Theatre, he was so social - always with a smile, so witty and funny because he knew everyone  and loved  catching up with them.  Every other minute someone would come up to him and want to hug him.  Loved writing-  in his journal, drawing and then coloring the drawing in.   He had this ability that made you smile and feel happy.   He would stop you on the street and greet you with a magnetic smile.   Loved dancing-  crazy dancing.  Loved food. Loved family time-  he loved it when all his siblings were together.   He always would keep the conversation interesting.  He loved working at the Spicy Peach because he got to see so many people he knew.  He loved being part of things.   When he taught children, the kids loved him.   He taught English in the Counterpoint program in Israel.   
    Herschel liked setting up for parties, especially creating themed parties for friends and family with a lot of balloons.  He loved to shop at Party City for celebrations for friends and family.     
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  • Akiva Finkelstein

    I was so saddened to hear about Herschel's passing. Herschel stayed at my house in Memphis for Ira Weinstein's 90th birthday party, together with his brother Josh. Though he was several years older than me and we hadn't known each other previously, my brothers and I had such an great time with him. He was so kind, warm, positive, and friendly, and I enjoyed every moment of shmoozing and hanging out with him that weekend. He really made an impression; I still remember that Shabbos clearly, though it was around five years ago. I cannot imagine the immeasurable pain that you are experiencing now with his tragic loss. May Hashem bring comfort to your entire family and may his Neshama have an Aliya.

  • Rivka Perez

    Something I want to share is that no matter what type of mood I was in when I walked into Spicy Peach, I always knew that I was going to walk out feeling happy when Herschel was behind the counter. He went the extra mile when it came to making people feel comfortable and happy, always doing his utmost to make sure his interaction gave your day a lift. Whether it be asking me how Chagai was doing or drawing a smiley face on my panini, he knew the power of little things. And that’s a lesson I hope to take with me: don’t underestimate how much you can change someone’s day or even life with a smile or small kind gesture. My thoughts and prayers are with you as we mourn a great loss. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

  • Resa Levetan

    My thoughts and prayers go our to all of your family. With Love, Resa

  • Shira Levitt

    The first thing I noticed about Herschel when I met him was that he had the biggest, brightest smile. His face lit up the room. I had the privilege of taking this photo of him, which I think captures what I'm talking about perfectly. Herschel, you will be sincerely missed.

  • Linda Miller

    So very sorry for your loss.ZMay he be a blessed memory of his wonderful being

  • Peter Allen

    Herschel…..this is Big Pete, your Mom’s first cousin, but really more of a brother to her for 59 years. Your brother, Aaron, spent time with us in Sydney just 3 weeks ago. His warmth and love for you and your wonderful family was front and centre in everything he shared with us. My boy, I was so looking forward to meeting you later this year, and, I have no doubt, laughing and enjoying your company, your love and your warmth. This is not to be, but I will always have you in my heart through your beautiful family, and everything I have read about you, a shining light to so many. To Dawnie, Michael, Rachael, Aaron, David, Sarah, Josh……I send you warm love, hugs and ongoing strength, through the blessing of Herschel, and the love and support of your fabulous family and friends. Pete X

  • Miriam Steinhouse

    Dear Dawn, Michael and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn. Min haShamayim tenuhamu – May you be consoled from Heaven Sincerely and with love, Miriam

  • Rivka Sawyer

    I have a memory, a small, seemingly insignificant moment, that is etched into my mind. A sunny afternoon in 7th grade, walking home down the street after school. Seeing a hyper little 2nd grade Herschel running across the road, screeching and laughing, pausing only to begin stuffing leaves from a bush into his mouth, until his big sister Rachael chased after to save him. Rachael, I'm so, so devastated at the pain you and your beautiful, wonderful, loving and kindhearted family are going through. You are such an amazing oldest sibling. I'm so sorry. My heart is absolutely shattered for you. Sending all the love humanly possible.

  • Jacqueline Gindler

    I was heartbroken to learn of Herschel's death. As one of my daughter Ruby's close friends, I always enjoyed having him in our home and was touched by his sweetness and kindness and the love and care he extended to all of his friends. May Hashem grant you comfort and strength in this time of unimaginable sorrow, and my Herschel's memory always be for a blessing. Baruch dayan ha'emet.

  • Connieand Danny Frankel

    May you find strength, peace and healing as you remember and honor the life of your dear Herschel. Our deepest condolences to your entire family. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

  • Yehuda Berger

    Herschel was unlike anyone else I’ve ever met. Being present was his specialty, whether it was to laugh, play, or have heart to heart conversations. His giggle was distinctive and a pleasure to hear every time because it inevitably brought a smile to the face of everyone around him. It’s one of his many positive traits that stands out to anyone who had the pleasure even the smallest of interactions with him. He was non judgmental and so understanding of others, able to identify when they were going through something tough. He knew how to be silly but also how to be serious when others opened up to him with a struggle, and enabled him to be close with people very quickly and make them feel so special and so heard. The picture of him here is from one of the many days we spent on Lake Lanier, having a ball of a time with the wind in our faces as we cruised along the water. For the photo, with trademark flair (of course), he stretched his arms out wide and let out a joyful holler, which is how so many people remember him - and he’ll always be doing so in our hearts.

  • Sylvia Miller

    Dawn, Michael and family. No words - only pure and unconditional love to you. Sylvia

  • Esther and Michael Levine

    Dawn and Michael, We are so sorry to learn of Herschel's death. Our deepest sympathy.

  • Jonathan Roytenberg

    I had the privilege of knowing Herschel when I was in college. We performed together in YCDS, and he always had a cheerful smile and positive attitude. It was only one year ago that I learned I would be living in the same city as him. I was hoping we would get to spend more time together, and I regret that we won't get to. May your neshama have the greatest aliyah, and may you rest knowing that you put a smile on my face, along with everyone else who knew you.

  • Sara Schatz

    Herschel and I were on Counterpoint together. Although we weren’t in the same city, we often had deep conversations and laughed about life whenever the whole CPI team would get together. We didn’t keep in touch much after college, but last year I bumped into him at the Spicy Peach when I was visiting my brother in Atlanta. I remember that interaction so clearly because I happened to have been going through a hard time then. But when it came to Herschel, his warmth and friendliness lit up the room and he made everyone feel like a million bucks. I’m so grateful that I had the chance to catch up with him that one last time. Althoigh world truly lost a special and unique light, he left such a positive impact on so many people. Baruch Dayan HaEmet and thinking of the entire Siegel family. ??

  • Rachel (Lelonek) Gould

    Baruch Dayan HaEmet. My heart is absolutely broken to hear of Herschel’s passing. Herschel and I floated around similar friend circles in college. Though we weren’t close, he had a profound and permanent impact on my life. He was always positive and cheery with the widest smile on his face. He always said hello to everyone and made a person feel so loved. I alway enjoyed seeing him in all of the YCDS plays, and saw such a bright soul. I will never forget Herschel as long as I live. May Hashem bring comfort to his family during this trying time, may his neshama have the highest Aliyah in Shamayim and may his memory be for a blessing always! Rest in Peace, my friend!

  • Robyn and Ed Gerson

    We send our heartfelt condolences to the family. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Betsy Lipman

    Herschel, what a bright light. Herschel and I worked together for 2 years at In the City Camp. Although I was a lot older than him, I couldn’t help but love him! He was the funniest, sweetest, and one of the greatest friends I had those 2 summers. I remember even when he was fasting for a Jewish holiday, he had the best spirit. All the campers adored Herschel. May his memory be a blessing. You will be missed friend??

  • Mimi Siegel

    The rabbi made a beautiful eulogy for such an unforgettable man. We are sending you love and prayers. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts. Many hugs, Mimi and Larry

  • Gabbi Naturman

    Rest in peace, old friend. You truly were such a unique light to this world, and you will always be remembered. BDH

  • Robin Reineri

    Dawn and Michael and family, I am heartbroken for each of you. I send you my deepest sympathy and wish you peace and comfort. May Herschel's memory forever be a blessing.

  • Batsheva

    May the Almighty comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  • Sarah (Elspas) Slager

    Herschel was an amazing guy with an amazing soul. We went to YU together and he was always the life of the party. After not seeing each other for 4 years, a few weeks ago I ran into him in Kroger Supermarket. He had the biggest smile on his face when he said "HELLO". It was a reunion of old friends. Thank you Herschel for being the happiest most fun guy out there. You made the biggest impression on me - reminding me that positivity is essential and to always look towards the bright side. Baruch dayan haemes

  • Shifra and Elisha Greenberg

    we are so sorry for your loss. There are no words. HaMakom Yinachem Eschem Bsoch Avalei Tziyon Yerushalayim.

  • Scott Forbus

    Herschel z"l and I only really interacted at Spicy Peach, but every time we interacted, I was struck by his smile. My most sincere condolences for your loss. May his smile and memory be a blessing for your family.

  • Miriam Gitlin-Petlak

    Herschel and I got to know each other originally on a crazy erev shabbos bus ride to Baltimore in the middle of a snow storm. He is a person who cared so deeply about the people in his life and worked to bring happiness, laughter, and light into the world even in dark moments. I’m grateful to have been able to get to know the caring, deep thinker that he was, and he will be sorely missed.

  • Merle and Anthony Solomon

    I CANNOT begin to imagine the pain that each of you are experiencing right now. What a beautiful neshama Herschel Chaim Shalom had. Our hearts are breaking for you. May Hashem give you the strength and courage it takes to get through this extremely difficult time. We are here to support you in your time of need

  • Jozef

    BDE Thinking of u every minute

  • Bethany Diamond

    May his memory be a blessing. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • David Weissmann


  • Irma & Basil Margolis

    Dear Dawn and family, We were so very sad to hear of the untimely death of your beloved son. Wishing you all long life. Irma & Basil (Lila Kaye's grandparents)

  • Amy Rodbell

    Our family's hearts are heavy today. We love you Dawn and are thinking about your sweet family. Sending much love ?? to all of you.

  • Marie and Ken Klaer

    We are thinking of your family at this time. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

  • Hagar Baruch

    Herschel and I worked together at In the City camp. He always has a laugh, smile, and open arms for those around him. He always had something insightful to say and the kids and councilors loved him dearly. He will be remembered fondly

  • Melinda Brackin

    Dawn, I'm thinking of you and your family during this time. So sorry for your loss.

  • CJ Wiesenfeld

    I knew Herschel from YU and counterpoint Israel. He always had a kind word to say. I remember he once asked me how I was and I said “OK” - To which he replied “CJ, you got this” with such confidence that I couldn’t help but walk away thinking “yeah, I do” with a giant smile on my face. He’ll be sorely missed.

  • Jacq Flash

    What a beautiful soul and I’m so blessed to have known him and loved him. He will forever be in my heart and in the heart of so many others.

  • Josh Wittenberg

    We Love You!

  • Faigy Salomon

    I didn’t know Herschel well, but I did speak to him at least once a week. When Herschel worked at the Spicy Peach, he would always be filled with smiles and positivity. I can close my eyes and hear his voice and see his sweet face. He used to draw smiley faces and write good Shabbos on my poke bowl or sandwich. His love and kind neshoma really shined through his eyes. I will truly miss his voice, smile, playfulness, and kind words.

  • Becky Weinstein

    Herschel is my cousin, we could go years with out seeing each other and the moment we reunite at whatever family event came about we would pick up where we left off like no time has gone by. He was a light, a smile that could light up a room and a magnetic joy that brought people together from all walks of life. I am going to miss him so much the world will be more dim without him in it. Rest in peace Herschel you will be missed more then you know

  • Barbara Seligman

    I’m so sorry to hear about Herschel’s death. Devastating to lose a child. My condolences to you all and hug for Dawn

  • Ricky Nance

    Herschel was one of the most uplifting people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He always brought a large vibrant smile, and genuinely cared about those around him. I was extremely happy to call him a friend. He will be sorely missed. Just shocking

  • Yael Nissel

    Herschel always had a smile on his face and saw the best in everybody. I’ve learned so much from him. We miss him dearly

  • Beth Weiss

    I met Herschel in my gap year in Israel and became friends with him at YU. Herschel made everyone he interacted with feel loved and seen. He spread so much joy wherever he went and he will be missed dearly.

  • Kyle Harris

    BDE I'm deeply saddened to hear of the loss of light in this world and the passing of someone who welcomed me to campus and the YU theatre community. Herschel was a vibrant beacon of positivity and it saddens me greatly when I think that he had nowhere he felt he could turn. We never know the internal struggles our holy brothers and sisters face my deep condolences to the family and close friends. If there's anything I can do as an outsider please don't hesitate to reach out

  • gladys hirsch

    my thoughts and my heart goes out to you may g d give you strength i send my love to yall gladys

  • Hannah Bender

    Herschel truly lit up every room. He will be missed dearly. BD'E

  • Mazal Gottesman

    I met Herschel when he came on Counter Point Israel. We spent a month together in Arad and I could never imagine that month without him. He added so much simcha to the group, he was the one who taught us to speak Hebrew even if you don't know how and he was the one who showed us how to connect with so many kids on so many levels. I still think about Herschel and the lessons he taught me. The world will definitely be lacking a lot of light without him.

  • Erica Bercovitch

    I am just devastated by this news. Herschel was a special young man. He always had a smile for every one and a great sense of humor. We say may his memory be a blessing. Herschel was a blessing and is sorely missed. May his family be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Yerushelayim and find comfort in knowing how much he was loved.

  • Milne Family

    To our dear friends, Michael, Dawn, Rachael, Aaron, David, Sarah and Josh - our hearts are broken - we love you and are holding you close to our hearts at this time of such sorrow. David, Susan, Peter and Georgina

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