Rabbi Lawrence (Jake) Jackofsky
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Rabbi Lawrence "Jake" Jackofsky, 69, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday morning, August 23. He is survived by his wife Ellen Fein Jackofsky, by his son Daniel Jackofsky and wife Shoshana Nock Jackofsky, and his faithful Labrador T-Bird. Jake also leaves a brother Gilbert and wife Carol Jackofsky of San Diego, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents William Jackofsky and Carlyne Schwarzman Jackofsky. Jake was born and raised in Albany New York. He attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and was ordained as a Rabbi in 1969. After ordination, Jake joined the US Army and served Fort Hood as a chaplain, where he met Ellen. Ellen and Jake then spent the next several years in Jerusalem, Israel, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, NC where Jake held various rabbinical positions. One of the defining moments of his life came next when he became the first director of the Union for Reform Judaism's Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX. After directing the camp for several of its founding summers, he was appointed regional director for the South West Council of the Reform movement where he worked with various congregations throughout the southern states for the next 27 years. He was well known for his admiration and frequent quoting of the Jewish scholar Abraham Joshua Heschel. Jake was also a highly active member of the Dallas area community. He took great pride in his years on the DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy Board where he served as chairman from 1991-1992. Until his passing, Jake was also a member of the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation Board and the Attending Clergy Association with Texas Health Resources. Aside from his fervent dedication to Judaism and the Dallas area community, Jake was a passionate car collector. In addition to the hundreds of model cars that he proudly accrued, he was famous for his ability to spot and identify vintage American automobiles. Jake touched so many lives and as a testament to his great love for people, was visited by so many caring and wonderful friends as he battled a short illness. Funeral services for Jake will be held on Thursday August 26 at 11:00 AM at Temple Emanu El in Dallas. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to the Greene Family Camp, the American Jewish Archives, or the Lawrence Jackofsky Youth Scholarship Fund.




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Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 25, 2010.
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September 22, 2011
You are not forgotten.
Gail Arbetter
September 21, 2011
Happy birthday
August 23, 2011
It has been a year and we deeply miss him!
January 22, 2011
Ellen, belatedly, I saw this about Larry. I am so sorry to hear that. I have thought about the two of you on and off for all these years. I did see Larry in Dallas at one point when I was there in around 1992. I still fondly remember working with him at Temple Sinai in 1972-73. I am sure you had many good years with him, and that your family is a comfort.

Fondly,
Marvin Finnley
Marvin Finnley
November 28, 2010
We had the privilage to live next door to the Jackofskys for several years in Dallas. We have so many memories that this is difficult to write. Ellen, lets just say we love you, we loved Jake and he will be missed. God bless you and your family in this difficult time.
Jim and Sherry Gourley
October 11, 2010
Ellen, I shall always remember Jake's great sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye when he pulled a good joke on someone. I smile now also remembering how he turned the car stereo up so loud listening to classical music like a teen listening to rock. I will miss knowing he is out there but he will always be in my heart.
Doni Sprague
September 22, 2010
To the Jackofsky family: I learned of Larry's passing (yes, that's how I remember him) at memorial services this past weekend. I was so taken aback. I first met Larry when the religious school teachers at Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati met at our house prior to the beginning of the school year. I was probably 10 years old. Through the years I saw him at various CCAR functions in cities in which I was living and, of course, here in New Orleans once I moved back. Larry gave a wonderful and moving eulogy at my father's memorial service and for that I am ever grateful. Larry a/k/a Jake will be missed by so many and yet remembered by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Peggy Blackman
September 21, 2010
Happy Birthday
Me
September 2, 2010
I never met Lawrence Jackosky, but knew of "Jake" through his brother, Gilbert, who has been a personal counselor to me in recent years. Gil, "Dr. J," often spoke fondly and with great respect for his younger brother. For some, two brothers inseparable by miles and years is no ordinary happening. There have been a couple of times for me when one of Dr. J's "brother" stories served as a pefect vehicle to add some light, some insight to my own life. Always a bright light it was. This week, Dr. J, now back home in California told of his brother's passing and found yet again another way to draw inspirationally on relevant aspects of back when and, now, much more powerfully so...in the lingering void. My wish to enter this guest book as someone who did not know Lawrence Jackosfky is to allow his family and close friends to know how a man I did not know helped me as recently as yesterday to learn a little bit more about myself, grow some more. (Richard Petersen, Escondido, CA)
Richard Petersen
August 31, 2010
I remember Rabbi Jackofsky from when I was a teenager at Temple Beth-el in Charlotte,NC. I am now almost 50yrs old. He made a huge impact on my life then and also in Temple Youth Group. I was sorry to see him leave us at the time. I am sending your family all my love and I will always remember Rabbi in a loving kind way. Renee Goozner Charlotte NC
Renee Goozner
August 31, 2010
Dear Ellen and Daniel, We are deeply saddened to hear of Jake's passing. Our memories are long and fond. From meeting you in Bruceville to Jake naming our four children...helpiing you arrange Jake's surprise birthday on South Padre Island after the hurricane...our New Year's Eve's...and David and Larry's arguing over the Redskins and Cowboys... We have always felt the time we spent with your family were some of the best moments of our life. Our hearts are with you. Mara and David Levi, NYC, NY
August 28, 2010
Ellen and Jackofsky family,
As a fellow traveler from HUC-JIR in Cincinati to Arkansas to our bi-weekly congregations, I loved Jake and enjoyed his company on the flights. "Larry," during my five years studying with him, revealed himself as a sensitive soul. I have missed him over the years, seeing him only when we were honored with our DD degrees in February 1994. I will miss him. May God comfort you now and always. Zecher tzadik livrachah.
Howard Schwartz
August 27, 2010
Ellen--We remember Uncle Jake in his good times when we visited in San Antonio, at Ashden's Law School Graduation, and at Asden and Priscilla's wedding. We will remember him for the character he was. Hope the best for you in the trying times. Ralph and Colleen(Salisbury, NC)
August 27, 2010
Dear Ellen-
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Rabbi Jake was a great teacher and a wonderful man. It was an honor to have known him. He will be missed.
Rachelle Weiss Crane
August 27, 2010
Dear Ellen and Family--
Our deepest sympathy and love go to all of you. I have wonderful memories of Jake meeeting with Sisterhood at District and local meetings imparting his special kind of wisdom. He was always there for me when I needed spiritual guidance. I always knew what he was telling me by the what he did not say--that was his special way. Jack and i will miss talking to him and seeing him. He will always be a part of GFC family. May it help somewhat to know that many others share your loss.
Much love and sympathy.
Davie Lou and Jack Solka.
Davie Lou Solka
August 27, 2010
We send our sympathy to all the family of Rabbi Jake.
Jan and Charles B. Hart
Temple, TX
August 26, 2010
Dear Ellen and family,
Please accept Hanna's and my condolences for your loss. It has been a long time since I was in contact with my HUC classmates, and I heard only occasionally of the wonderful activities of Larry. Now we have memories and reminiscencies, good memories of all he acomplished, touching the lives of so many people. His memory will remain a blessing

Uri Smith
H D Uriel Smith
August 26, 2010
Rabbi Jackofsky was a great teacher.
Joel Batalsky
August 26, 2010
Dear Ellen and Family,
My deepest condolences to all of you at this time of great loss. I am one (of many) who was enriched by all Rabbi Jake gave to us at GFC and in TOFTY.
Alan Katzen
Alan Katzen
August 26, 2010
I read of your loss in yesterday's NYTimes. I went to Albany State (as it was called then) with Larry (as he was called then) and remember him fondly. My sincere condolemces. Sue Byron Wallace
August 26, 2010
Farewell Jake. I will miss your booming voice, your compassion, your kindness, and your passion in supporting Jewish youth. Thank you for everything.
Rabbi Ben Sharff
August 26, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May Rabbi Jake's memory be a blessing to you, always.
Mireille Allen
August 26, 2010
I will never be able to hear a quote by Heschel without thinking of Jake. I learned so much from him and I will miss him terribly. He will always be remembered for his kindness and caring. Ellen, we love you and are here for you if you need anything. Cheryl Goldstein
August 26, 2010
To the Family of Rabbi Jake I offer deep sympathy. As Office Manager of the DFW Airport Chaplaincy for 14+years I hold dear the dedication that he offered as counsel on the Board. We talked often and his words of wisdom are cherished. Thank you Rabbi Jake. In sympathy,
Marge Wick - recently retired Coppell, TX
August 26, 2010
To the Family of Rabbi Jake I offer deep sympathy. As Office Manager of the DFW Airport Chaplaincy for 14+years I hold dear the dedication that he offered as counsel on the Board. We talked often and his words of wisdom are cherished. Thank you Rabbi Jake. In sympathy,
Marge Wick - recently retired
August 25, 2010
Ellen,
We wish we could be with you at this very sad time. Jake will always be in our hearts.
Donna & Steve Mark
August 25, 2010
Rabbi Jake came from the old school -- a mench who always put others first. His humor, his love of life, his love of whatever was "of the moment" is something I will always remember. May his memory be a blessing.
Emily Grotta
August 25, 2010
Dear Ellen,
Please accept Elandra and my sincerest condolences and Jakes passing. It has been years since we have seen you, but many times I have thought about you and your whereabouts.

Sincerely,

Elandra and Marty Weinberg
Martin Weinberg
August 25, 2010
My deepest condolences to the Jackofsky family on Larry's passing. May his memory be for a blessing.
--Ruth Several, niece of Sussie Jackofsky
Ruth Several
August 25, 2010
Dear, dearest Ellen,
The sad news about Jake just reached us, and Ronald & i send our deepest sympathies. We're stunned, since he always looked so fit and vibrant. I especially remember his great good humor. Please take good care...in sorrow and friendship,
Cordelia Candelaria & Ronald Beveridge
Tempe, AZ
CORDELIA CANDELARIA
August 25, 2010
To the Jackofsky family,

Please accept our condolences on your loss... Rabbi Jake was a true inspiration to a lot of us...

Sincerely,
Michael and Andra Gardner
August 25, 2010
Dear Ellen and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Jake's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of him, from Greene Camp to chats here and there, classes at Temple Emanu-El, etc. I will miss him a lot.

Ellen, you have my deepest condolences. My thoughts and heart are with you as you go through this unbelieveably difficult time.
Gail Arbetter
August 25, 2010
Jake - we so miss you and your "Jake Breaks." Thank you so much for making my 18 years at the Union always filled with laughter. I have had the picture of George Bush PC that he sent to Abbie (PC) on my desk in memory of a wonderful human being. You will be sorely missed.
Paula Desrochers-Yakout
August 25, 2010
Dear Ellen and Family,
Shirley and I send our prayers and codolences as you mourn your beloved husband and father, Jake. Jake was a classmate in Cinci and always the joy of any occassion. We were saddened to learn of his death, and will miss his smile and laughter. Rabbi Albert and Shirley Lewis, Grand Rapids, MI
albert lewis
August 25, 2010
Dear Ellen & Family:
John & I are deeply saddened at Jake's passing. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
With sorrow,
Marsha & John Greiner & Family
Oklahoma City
Marsha Greiner
August 25, 2010
Jake was one of the kinder classmates of the HUC69 class. I never got to know Jake well, but have the fondest of memories of him. I send hugs and love to his famiiy. Bernie King
August 25, 2010
Dear Ellen and family,
We didn't hear about Jake until Loui told us and it was way too late to see him. We have such fond memories of him at damp and walking the dog at Glen Lakes. We gave a gave a large contribution to Greene Family Camp last summer. Now it means even more because it would have meant so much to him. You have our most sincere condolences.
Diane, Allen, Wendy, Jody and Amy
Diane and Allen Plotkin
August 25, 2010
As one of the founding members of Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, TX we met with Rabbi Jake as he guided us through the process.. It was always a pleasure to be in his company as he shared his knowledge and wonderful stories. Our sincere condolences to the family. Beth, Lloyd and Shara Fishman
Beth Fishman
August 25, 2010
To the Jackofsky Family: Please accept my sincere condolences. What a full dedicated life Mr. Jackofsky lived. What a blessing to look forward to the time when God's promise to Abraham is fulfilled: "And by means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves..." (Genesis 22:18) Part of that blessing will be an end to all death and suffering. May these promises bring you comfort.
G Osborne
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