Today is 08/16/2022 19th of Av, 5782


In Loving Memory of Alan "Jake" Jacobs


Details about the Funeral, Burial and Shiva in Memory of Alan "Jake" Jacobs are listed below.


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Date & Time Friday 08/05/2022 at 12:00 PM

Address Chicago Jewish Funerals
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077

Clergy Rabbi Michael Sommer

Interment - Private


Chicago Jewish Funerals

Address 8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60076

Additional Information Following the Service
The service will be live streamed on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM Central Time.
We invite you to record a video, sharing a story or memory of Alan "Jake" Jacobs. Your private recording will only be shared with the family.

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Alan "Jake" Jacobs Contribution




Alan “Jake” Jacobs, 87, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2022, from complications of COPD. Alan attended the University of Chicago, where he also became a famed sprinter and was inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame. He received numerous track awards and was once called “the world’s second fastest Jew” when he finished second in the 1957 Maccabiah Games. His career as a psychotherapist brought recognition as the 1996 recipient of the Eric Berne Memorial Award in Transactional Analysis for Theory from the International Transaction Analysis Association. Alan was also a genocide scholar with H-Net and has worked closely with the Auschwitz/Birkenau Memorial and Museum to produce a visual photographic tour of the concentration camp. In retirement, he became a passionate photographer. His photography book "Thank God For These Guys" is a culmination of many years of work with the Chicago Fire Department to document their bravery and service. Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Rose Jacobs. He is survived by his wife Krysia Jacobs, his son and daughter-in-law Jesse and Olga Jacobs, and his grandson Max. May his memory be for a blessing.

Memorial service Friday 12 Noon at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd., (at Niles Center Road) Skokie. Private family interment at Westlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

To attend the memorial service live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,

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