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Passing of Jack Cohen Z’l

We are saddened by the passing of our long time congregant and board member, Jack Cohen, husband of Joan.  
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12 thoughts on “Passing of Jack Cohen Z’l”

  1. Nancy Morse says:

    Jack was such an amazing person. There was never a time when he was in the building during office hours, that he didn’t stop by the office to say hello. He would tell me a story or a joke, anything to brighten my day. I loved reading all his newspaper clippings, as well as his letters to the editor. When it was coming up to the Jewish New Year, I would always know that he was in the chapel by the sound of the shofar blowing. I will miss him greatly.

  2. Arthur Liederman says:

    I have so many memories now of Jack Cohen. The first face I would see walking into the synagogue for services. Remembering him during SImchat Torah doing musaph. A great sense of humor and a mensch. We can meet many people along the highway of life, some do make a difference in some way to your own life and leave lasting memories, good smiles. I will also have a good broad smile when I think of Jack. I also remember Jack coming to my son, Ethan’s, baseball games when Ethan pitched at Francis Lewis. It wasn’t a Met Game or a Giant game, but Jack was there and it meant alot to us. Equally as his grandson Brian participated in junior baseball, high school and college baseball, I was able to reciprocate and regularly talk to Jack about his grandson’s success and talent. All his grandchildren and their athleticism was one of many things he was proud of. So we have all suffered a loss, but Jack gave us a lasting gift, memories we can hold and share of a wonderful, funny and warm person.

  3. Jack Costi says:

    Jack was a good friend even though he struck me out every Sunday when he pitched against me. I had strike two, I knew he would pitch me a riser, he gave me a little smile, threw the riser, I missed it and he struck me out. It made him so happy! If I was on his team, I gave him much agita missing pop ups when I was in the outfield. But he always had a great smile when he saw me. We loved his newspaper clippings when the Daily News published his very witty letters. He was the best shofar blower I ever heard and I heard hundreds of players and he just picked it up the first time he tried it. In his old age, he would hold the last note longer than any young person could. He was a master. Amazing man. He suffered at the end but not a peep came out of his mouth, never complaining. I’ll miss him greatly. I’ll miss his morning “Hi Yakov” and I answered “Hi Yakov”.

  4. marilyn singer geltman says:

    I became friends with Jack when I attended evening minion to say kaddish for my mom after she died in November 2013. His smile and warm conversation provided me with a sense of easement during this very important spiritual tradition of honoring a loved one. Later on during my attendance at shul, his smiling and joking manner cemented my affection and appreciation of this warm, sensitive and wise gentleman. Jack’s Facebook postings of love, affection and pride for his family were a pleasure to read. His love and pride for his family was palpable, constant and eternal. May his memory be a constant source of blessing to all who were gifted with his love…

  5. Laura Brodsky says:

    Jack- a witty, caring, fun-loving guy. Always smiling and giving everyone a reason to do the same, I had heard that it was Jack who suggested to Rabbi that I get more involved with synagogue. I guess he jump-started me. He shared baseball stories, newspaper clippings and his Facebook chatter.
    He loved, so much, being a part of our community. And his presence on the bimah , as he blew the shofar with strength and passion will never be forgotten.
    I’m so glad to have known him. I will miss his presence.

  6. Zane Tenenbaum says:

    I met Jack about 28 years ago on a Sunday at Jewel Park. That is when I started playing softball. A game that 20 fellows would wake up on a Sunday morning and sign their names on the sidewalk at 6:30 to get into the first game. Jack was a steady first game pitcher. My first introduction was a riser thrown by Jack that you thought it was belt high and you swung at a pitch that rose over your head. He was one of the best fast pitch, pitchers that I had the honor of playing against. He was a tough competitor who did not like to lose and if you made an error on his team especially, a mental error you had some explaining. However through the years I got to know Jack and admired his knowledge of the game. I learned from him on how to be better as a ball player. I also picked up a lot of good jokes and admired his commitment to the synagogue and his pride in blowing the Shofar on the holidays. Jack pitched until he was 80 years old. We still to this day talk about his accomplishments on the field. I remember them all and I was privileged to know the man off the field and will miss him

  7. Carol & Paul Hendeman says:

    We are very sad that such a wonderful man has been called to heaven. We send our sympathies to the family, a family he loved and often spoke highly of.

    I, Carol, met Jack in 2006 at the morning minyan where I was saying Kaddish for my mom. He was one of the first people to greet me and welcome me to the congregation. He would greet me every day with a smile and a nice word. He encouraged me to start participating by leading the service. He was proud of me when I accomplish this task.

    Paul also first met Jack when he began attending the morning minyan. We both know Jack to be warm, caring, kind, funny and he was a true Mench. He would always say good morning three times in a row which would bring a smile to our faces. He never had a mean word to say about anyone or anything.

    May you be comforted by all the wonderful notes the congregation is sending with their great memories. It goes without saying Jack will be greatly missed.

  8. Viviane Verstandig says:

    I never met a man who unconditionally loved children as much as Jack. There was a connection between him and Adam, Michael and Lauren that is hard to describe. We called him- Yaki and it always brought a smile to his face. When he tried to use it as his email address, I remember him telling me he was shocked someone else had used and taken his name!

    In shul his place was always next to us. People often thought he was my children’s grandfather because the love and affection were palpable. Every Shabbat before the rabbi’s sermon it was Jack who carried them out of the sanctuary to entertain them.

    Jack would marvel at their accomplishments- whether it was their ability to daven, their musical talents or their athleticism. Once Steve and I complained that we would have to wake up early on a Sunday morning to take Michael to a hockey game, Jack naturally offered to pick him up and take him, just like a grandfather would.

    And of course, there were the delicious chocolate chip cookies at kiddush he would save for Lauren to ensure she would have some before they all disappeared.

    I don’t know how Jack always remembered the day they were scheduled to come home from sleep away camp. When we would pull up to the house, there would be chalk drawings and welcome home wishes on our driveway. Who else would be so thoughtful but Jack!

    And then it became his turn to have his own grandchildren. How he loved sharing and kveling about their accomplishments. Not a Shabbos would go by without him beaming as he shared pictures and details of their achievements.

    I went to visit Jack about three weeks ago. I brought an iPad to share photos of Adam and Michael’s children. He was in awe and smiled. He shook his head at how incomprehensible it was that his “babies” were now parents. I told him I had some good news to share, that Lauren was expecting in May. And then, the tears started rolling down his cheeks.

    Thank you to his beautiful family for sharing your precious Jack with us.

    I pray that he is now at peace and his soul is in G-d’s sheltering presence.

  9. Linda Silverman says:

    I loved listening to Jackblow the shofar both on Yom Kippur and the days before when he blew it during daily minion. I enjoyed visiting him in Parker where we talked about the news, the television show he was watching and how he was bored. I loved seeing his Facebook posts, especially about his grandson’s baseball. He was so proud and I loved his comments on mine. We both shared a love of Yonah Schimmel knishes, I will miss him very much.

  10. Eric Abbey says:

    Jack, for over thirty years we got together early on Sunday mornings to play Softball at the Jewel. Jack, you were an amazing craftsman. Pitching at least 30 Sunday mornings a year. I was a rookie to Jack even after 3 decades of softball.
    Jack always showed a great amount of respect and kindness week after week and it always impressed me. Jack was a fierce competitor, as was I. I enjoyed playing with Jack and against him, he brought the best of my game out of me.
    Jack, I wish you peace and a spot in the forever 1st game you are now a part of.
    May your wife, family, and friends find strength in the memories you had with them and give them smiles and warmth when they think about you in the upcoming days, weeks, months and years.

  11. Philip Ross says:

    Jack meant so much to our weekly Sunday game. It was: an honor to catch him; a challenge to bat against him and a pleasure to know him.

  12. YoDave says:

    I met Jack on a ball field some 15 yrs ago. I knew right away he liked me because he could strike me out swinging weekly. I have been told that I made one of the greatest catch one Sunday morning. I was behind Jack officiating balls and strikes when a pitch he threw was called a ball, he turned to me put his throwing hand on my shoulder and said, “the room is spinning” and collapsed in my arms. It was scary but the savage that he was showed up next week and struck me out! We shared comical emails when he retired from the game he made very competitively fun. I found Jack to be a fun guy. He has been missed and will continue to be missed. RIP

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