In Memory of Rachel Jacobs

Many of us in in the Y community were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Rachel Jacobs in the recent Amtrak derailment.  We are sharing information on how to honor her. Thank you to all who have reached out to the Y, asking how you can help, honor and support Rachel’s memory and her family at this time.


Rachel Jacobs, z’l, may her memory be for a blessing.

The 14th Street Y community mourns the tragic loss of our member Rachel Jacobs, beloved wife of Todd Waldman, and dear mother to Jacob Kody Waldman, Rachel was a dedicated member of our community, and we join together in sorrow.

Rachel is mourned by her parents, John and Gilda Jacobs; dear sister Jessica and Joshua Steinhart; parents-in-law Bruce Waldman, Elizabeth Waldman, and Linda Waldman; brother-in-law Andrew Waldman and Tiffany Brown.  Rachel was the proud aunt of Lyle Steinhart, Bobby,  Alec and Arianna Brown, the much loved grand-daughter of the late Hyman and the late Lillian Zalenko, the late Giberta and the late Morton Jacobs, niece of Karen and Robert Wildau, Elizabeth Jacobs and Charles Jacobs; she is also survived by many loving cousins and a world of friends.

A funeral will be held on Monday in Southfield, Michigan, and a memorial tribute service was held on Saturday in Manhattan.

If you would like to honor Rachel Jacobs‘ memory, you can make donations to the following causes:

Columbia Business School; the family would like to create a scholarship for students in her name, with preference for aspiring female social entrepreneurs. Donations, remembrances and condolences may be made online here.

Please designate “Other” when determining the gift amount. On the following page, select “In Memory”, and fill out Rachel Jacobs 2002 in the “Special Instructions” field. Donations may also be sent to the attention of Tanya Mujica Keenan, Columbia Business School, 33 West 60th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10023. Checks should be made payable to Columbia Business School.

The new Rachel Jacobs’ Detroit Nation Fund, to honor Rachel Jacobs’s mission to promote economic development, cultural innovation and job creation in Detroit can contribute here. Checks can be made out to the Downtown Detroit Partnership with “Rachel Jacobs’ Detroit Nation” in the memo line and sent to Downtown Detroit Partnership, Attn: Rachel Jacobs’ Detroit Nation, 600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1740, Detroit, Michigan 48243.

May the family find comfort among all of our mourners, as our community embraces them in their sorrow.

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