The Family of Max Jacob
Jan 22, 2019 2:18 AM
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Eileen and Ken Creeger
Nov 7, 2018 11:38 AM
Dear Elliot and Harriet, So sorry for your loss. Max was a man of devotion--to his family, Ner Tamid and Am Yisrael. May his memory be for a blessing.
Ken and Eileen Creeger
Ronald Z. Schwartz
Nov 7, 2018 12:16 PM
Max was a true leader, proud of his family and their commitment to Torah u-mitsvos. Tall and distinguished, in some ways, he was larger than life. He got things done, always balancing his actions and commitments. He was strong willed, but always willing to listen. A team leader, he accomplished much. His loyalty to family and friends, and the faith of Judaism he genuinely cherished are his eternal legacy.
Ha-Makom yenachem eskhem be-sokh sh'or avele Tsiyon ve-Yerushalayim.
Howard and Roberta Kaplan
Nov 7, 2018 03:45 PM
Max z"l was a real treasure and a role model for us all. His devotion to his family and to the Jewish community, especially Ner Tamid, was never-ending. He will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to have known him. Max's memory will live on in the generations to follow, not only in his own family, but also in the families of all that he has touched.
May the family be comforted among all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Jeff and Phyllis, Greg and Aly Oppenheim
Nov 7, 2018 03:49 PM
Our family has so many memories of Max. From the upholstery cleaning jobs that Max regularly gave to Jeff, giving Greg a trial run (and then the job) of being the shofar blower for the shul, and through many family events, he was always such a kind and decent person. We will miss him as we are sure that all who encountered him will as well. May you find peace and comfort in the beautiful memories of his life.
Nov 7, 2018 03:58 PM
max Jacob was a true friend to everybody in ner tamid and also to me and my husband we will miss him
Arnie Goldberg and Nina Allen-Goldberg
Nov 7, 2018 06:39 PM
I wrote this on Facebook today and I can't think of what else I would say. Max Jacob was Ner Tamid. A fixture in the shul throughout my life. The epitome of class with a great sense of humor (as can be seen in the picture next to the obituary). He worked in and for the shul into his 90s. Anyone who met him is better for having done so. I truly hope that the many memories he gave to his family and to the many others he touched over the years will give us all comfort in the times to come when we will miss him so much.
Arnold J Gottrochs
Nov 8, 2018 06:26 AM
Sorry for your loss may he rest in peace
Nov 8, 2018 06:38 AM
I was blessed to work with Mr. Max Jacob, while I worked at the Ner Tamid Shul Office.
Max was a man of integrity and dedication.
HaShem decided that I would be able to work at Ner Tamid only a short time, as our family moved away from the area.
However, Max Jacob stayed with me.
Memories of how he acted continue to guide me.
No matter how early I would get to shul to start working, Max would be there before me. His dedication would bring him to pray and talk to G-d and help form a minyan and support his fellow Yid.
He never ate before davening.
One incident really stuck with me.
I remember that one day one of the other people in the office asked if he had eaten breakfast. I believe it was about 9:40 AM or so.
He never ate before davening.
He said that he might be hungry but no, he hadn't eaten. He refused to eat without his beloved wife (Irene Jacob, of blessed memory), who was at home. There was work to be done at Ner Tamid, and so he would stay until the work was done and then he would go home and rejoin his wife Irene and eat. He stated that he had survived numerous concentration camps, had been starving in the past, and wasn't going to eat now without his wife.
I have held onto that memory, and when I feel my physical needs threaten to overrule my heart, soul, and mind, I think to myself "What would Max Jacob do?"
Max was an honest, humble, and hardworking person. He was a volunteer at the shul where I worked, but he worked hard and without fail, with dedication, steadfastness, and earnestness.
If there was a challenge in the shul, he met it head on,until the issue was resolved. He was someone you could count on.
I was working on the shul bulletin, and I had some questions. I wanted to make sure it was accurate. Max had to leave before I finished, but he said that he would return later. I was very grateful, as I wanted to get the information right.
He returned later with his wife Irene. I hadn't known he would bring her, because I thought she would stay home with her caregiver.
I was amazed, as I imagine it was an inconvenience for him to have both of them come out in the late afternoon, as normally she would be with her caregiver.
But, he made it happen. The shul was important, the community's needs were more important than inconveniencing himself.
He set a very high example of what it means to be dedicated to your spouse, to your community, and to your synagogue.
I am grateful that I called him a few months ago, and, despite feeling shy, told him that I look up to him and often think to myself, "What would Max Jacob do?"
May his memory always be a blessing and an inspiration. May haShem comfort his family and also his extended Ner Tamid family.
Marcie & Joe Meyers
Nov 8, 2018 07:47 AM
Dear Elliot and Harriet. We are sorry for your loss. Your father WAS Ner Tamid ( I still call it Greenspring Shul). The shul will not be the same without him. May his memory be a blessing and a comfort to you. We all share in your loss.
Nov 8, 2018 10:21 AM
Max Jacob was a special man who taught me so much in the years i worked with him at Ner Tamid. His devotion to his beloved wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was amazing to see. the joy that the children brought into his life was so visible. He loved telling me stories and showing me pictures of his beautiful growing family. May all your beautiful memories bring your comfort. He was such a special, loving Zaidy
Chaim and Heather Heather
Nov 8, 2018 10:36 AM
His smile says it all--a kind , gentle man. A great loss to family , friends, and community.
Chaim and Heather Haber
Chaim and Heather Haber
Nov 8, 2018 10:37 AM
His smile says it all : a kind and gentle soul. A great loss to family , friends, and community
Beverly & Sheldon Caplan
Nov 8, 2018 12:49 PM
Elliot & Harriet, so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. I was able to spend so much time with him as CB at Ner Tamid and learned so much being with him.
Judy and Rick Rosen, Petah Tikva Israel
Nov 8, 2018 01:35 PM
Max continues to be an inspiration to us. Among so many fond memories we especially remember his wisdom, humor and tireless work for Ner Tamid.
Nov 8, 2018 04:45 PM
So sorry for your loss.
Alan & Marsha
Nov 9, 2018 11:25 AM
Elliot & Family: What can anyone say when a true tzaddik leaves this world? He made the world a better place for countless people with his warmth, humor and chesed. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem.
Nov 11, 2018 01:48 PM
My sincere condolences to you Elliott and your family. Max was a very dear friend of and to my parents Harry and Rita Berlin for many years. He conducted shiva services for my father when he passed away and always invired me to shul for an Aliyah for their Yahrzeits. Max was a true gentleman like my father and others of their generation and I am proud to have known him . May he Rest In Peace.
Rabbi and Mrs Avrum Friedmann; Jerusalem Israel
Nov 12, 2018 09:26 AM
Dear Elliot and Harriet.
Your loss is a loss of the Clal. Our friendship goes back over 50 years and your parents left an indelible mark on my childhood. I remember that one Shabbos, when I always walked with my father to the Quantico Ave shul (remember that?) he had to stay for a reception but I couldn't. I was stuck beבause walking home myself was not an option since the neighborhoods were starting to become dangerous. It was your parents and you who willingly hosted me for that Shabbos meal, which I remember vividly.
B"H through you, your parents were able to enjoy real Yiddishe Nachas that should continue l'Dorei Doros. In our generation, this was never taken for granted.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
Yaakov and Marsha Motzen
Nov 13, 2018 08:23 PM
May the memory of Max’s life of chessed, g’milut chassadim and love and observance of Torah continue to inspire the Ner Tamid family for generations to come.
May his memory be for an eternal blessing.