JACOB STEIN

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STEIN--Jacob. Beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and loving husband to his late wife, Jean. A graduate of Columbia University, he operated a chain of clothing stores in the North East and in the 1950's he became an early real estate developer in Long Island. He dedicated much of his time and enormous energy to Jewish causes, being a founder of Temple Israel of Great Neck, a President of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and ultimately served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations during the difficult time of the Yom Kippur War and was influential in convincing the Nixon administration to send immediate military aid to Israel. In 1981 served as a full time advisor in the Reagan Administration and hosted the first Hannukah party at the White House. He served on the U.S. ambassadorial staff to the United Nations and to the Human Rights commission in Geneva. He was close friend and confident to many Israeli Presidents and Prime Ministers and he stood at the forefront of most of the struggles of American and world Jewry throughout the second half of the 20th century. He is survived by his sister Muriel, his brother Fredrick (Elsa), his sons Richard (Roselle) and Stuart (Pepi) and his daughter Linda (Jack). He is survived by six grandchildren, Beth, Ken, Heather, Marissa, Debbie and Sara and 14-great grandchildren. The funeral will be held at Temple Israel of Great Neck at 10:00am on December 11, 2012 (not December 12 as appeared in yesterday's notice). The family will be sitting Shiva at 15 Winfield Terrace, Great Neck, New York on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings starting at 7:00pm.

Published in The New York Times from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2012
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