Rabbi Baskin and I had a strong and varied relationship. Our connection goes back to 1973, when he welcomed me into the Jewish faith, and trained and mentored me. He was my spiritual leader. Rabbi Baskin officiated my wedding to Marvin and guided our ceremony and reception .He was the Rabbi that welcomed my two daughters, and conducted their baby naming.
I was a regular attendee of his books and ideas sessions as well as his breakfast club lectures.
When I became president of the Temple in 2003, Rabbi Baskin was Rabbi Emeritus, and maintained his office at the Temple. We met frequently to discuss issues regarding the operation and services at Temple. This was also at the time when his beloved wife, Marjorie became ill. He would speak to me of this as we sat in what had been his office during his tenure.
More recently, some dear friends and I would get together with Rabbi Baskin, for lunches at a restaurant or his home. He was a delightful conversationalist, and wonderful company. Unfortunately, once he move to Toronto, our contact was less, but I was always kept informed of his situation. I will miss him terribly. May his memory be an abiding blessing.
When my husband Lew Tauber and I got together with Rabbi Baskin for lunch or dinner, the conversation was not about religion or ethics, it was about books and art, mostly the art of Leonard Baskin. The discussion was always lively and intense but also filled with humour and collector tips and tidbits!
I miss him already and smile whenever I pass a book or piece of art he loved!