By Rabbi Reuven Grodner
On June 26, 2012, I lost a very dear and special friend- Jeremy Barkan, z”l. I knew Jeremy as an inquisitive child studying in Hebrew School in Scarsdale, New York. I knew Jeremy as a budding scholar during his high school years. It was no surprise when Jeremy went off to study chemistry at MIT. After making Aliyah in 1982, Jeremy earned a Master’s degree in Chemical Physics at the Technion, and later, an MBA from the prestigious Kellog- Recanti Program in High Tech Management.
Jeremy’s intellectual and professional achievements are only a fraction of Jeremy Barkan. The greatness of his mind was matched only by the nobility of his heart and soul. He was loving and kind, warm and generous, a lover of peace and a lover of humankind. He was, indeed, a worthy descendant of Aharon HaKohen. He was a Torah Jew in the finest sense of the word.
Jeremy was generous in his giving to charity. He helped needy individuals and worthy institutions. One of his favorite organizations was the RRG Beit Midrash at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He chose the RRG Beit Midrash to be the bearer of his mother’s name, Dr. Roberta Barkan, z”l, in perpetuity. He, together with his beloved wife Lisa, sponsored special holiday events, as well as, lectures delivered by Israel Prize winner, Rabbi Adin Steinsalz and Nobel Prize laureate in Economics, Professor Robert Aumann.
Jeremy was respected, admired and loved by many. The light of love he poured upon his wife, Lisa, his sons Shachar and Chaim, his father Dr. Paul Barkan and his brother David Barkan and family, will continue to shine brightly forever.
May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.
MAY WE ALL BE INSCRIBED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE!
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