Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on the passing of Rabbi Gunther Plaut

OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the death of Rabbi Gunther Plaut:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rabbi Gunther Plaut last night in Toronto.

Gunther Plaut was a friend to many, and a teacher and leader of great distinction. As the senior rabbi at the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto for many years, he was a source of inspiration and guidance to the Jewish community and the wider Canadian community. A brilliant scholar, he was an active advisor to provincial and federal governments on human rights, interfaith understanding, and social justice and international affairs.

On a personal level, Arlene and I have lost a friend. We shall remember Gunther and his late wife Elizabeth with warmth and affection. They led the Temple congregation with distinction and dignity.”