In Memoriam: Terrence Elkes

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It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the sad news that JOI’s longtime President, Terry Elkes, unexpectedly passed away a few days ago, just before Shabbat. We all remain shocked and saddened by what has taken place. He will be sorely missed. Following a period of mourning, we will continue to forge ahead with our plans of creating a more inclusive Jewish community, a value held dear to Terry. We have lost a great leader, but we know that pursuing the goals of JOI is the only thing he would want us to do to honor his memory.


  1. Terry was my strength, my childhood memories, my advisor, my guide, my protector. He was all that and more, much more then a First Cousin could be. Terry was always there fore me…and I shall always carry his strength and words of wisdom with me. He gave so much of himself to his family and to the world. GOD must have needed him desperately. The only solace my dear wonderful Cousin, is that you are with Ruth and the rest of our family.

    love ya,

    Comment by Helene Pinetti — January 22, 2008 @ 10:02 am

  2. He was a guiding spirit for many of us and will continue to be. May his memory be a blessing for us all. Rabbi Kerry Olitzky

    Comment by Kerry Olitzky — January 22, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

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