Martin Jacobs

March 22, 2013 

Martin Jacobs of Raleigh died March 20, 2013 of Alzheimer’s disease. Martin grew up in New York, graduating from Seward Park High School and City College of New York.

Martin began his career as comptroller at The Brass Rail restaurant in Manhattan, followed by building a successful CPA practice in Asheville NC. He moved to Raleigh in 1989 where he met and married Judye (nee Haber) Jacobs. Their life together was a blend of ballroom dancing, religious observance and study, hiking and appreciating the outdoors, cultural events in the community and beyond, and dancing the night away on the many cruises they shared together.

Martin was a member of Beth Meyer Synagogue and Temple Beth Or in Raleigh. He graduated the Florence Melton Adult Mini School and considered himself a life long learner.

Martin lived with a passion for ethics and morals. He was a founder of The Interfaith Alliance of Wake County (now Triangle Interfaith Alliance) and authored the “Ethical Framework: A foundation on which to build daily living.” In his retirement he continued to provide management consulting and business advice to small businesses and individuals. He spearheaded an Interfaith Dialogue Group in the mid 1990’s, a time when few were willing to reach out across ethnic boundaries; and brought together in his living room Muslims and Jews who were willing to look for the “common good.” He was passionate about The Ethical Framework and wanted to share it with students and adults alike, speaking to religious school classes and adult groups.

There is no better tribute to Martin’s memory than to continue promoting the concepts of Ethics and Morals found in “The Ethical Framework.” Copies of “the Framework” will be available at the Memorial Service. Please consider continuing his work.

Martin is survived by his wife Judye, his sister Risa Korn (Dan), his children Sheryl Ciminsky (Larry), Evan Jacobs (Lori), Howard Jacobs (Lisa), Frank Jacobs (Trish D’Arconte) and Liss Jacobs, and his grandchildren Rikki and Mallory Ciminsky and Mathew Jacobs. Additionally he will be fondly remembered as “Zaide Martin” by Judye’s grandson Dax Nguyen. Martin was pre-deceased by his parents Louis and Bertha Jacobs and his son Richard Jacobs.

A special thanks to the many caregivers and friends who touched Martin’s life: SarahCare Adult Day Care, HomeWatch Caregivers, the caring staff at Morningside of Raleigh, and especially Ricardo Perez, Frank Jacobs and Theresa Rosenberg, who were familiar faces and strong shoulders when we needed them most.

Private graveside services will be held on Friday, March 22 at Raleigh Hebrew Cemetery. A memorial minyan celebrating Martin's life will be held Sunday March 24 at 5 PM at Temple Beth Or.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Martin’s name will be gratefully received by Alzheimer’s North Carolina, Inc, The Triangle Interfaith Alliance, Temple Beth Or and Beth Meyer Synagogue.

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