Rachel Jacobs Reported Killed In Amtrak Derailment

News of her death brings the Jewish death toll to two

05/13/2015 - 20:00

Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old mother and the daughter of former Michigan State Senator Gilda Jacobs, was reportedly killed in the Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday.

Released photos of the victims, Justin Zemser (L) and Rachel Jacobs (R). JTA.

Pluralism In Prayer

10/17/2013 - 20:00

In advance of last week’s Biennial Convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in Baltimore, I attended a pre-convention Shabbaton- a kind of optional add-on for those who were inclined.  (My wife had intended to come, but sadly, Amtrakhad other plans).  As President of the Rabbinical Assembly, I thought it was an important opportunity to “reach across the aisle,” if you will, and spend Shabbat with my friends and colleagues in the synagogue arm of the Conservative movement.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.
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