In memory of
Rabbi Lawrence (Jake) Jackofsky
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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