The JCS community is sad to share the news of the death of one of our founders, Jesse Gordon, on January 25th in Sarasota, Florida.

A founder of the Jewish Cultural School in 1965, Jesse continued to be an extremely active volunteer for decades afterward. Jesse served as President of the JCS Board for three years, as well as serving as co-President. In the 1990’s Jesse and his wife Anitra created the still thriving Third Friday Chavurah for “empty nesters.” Jesse’s extensive contributions to the JCS archives richly document our history. He helped strengthen the connection between the JCS and other community organizations by serving as President of the JCC, and through his involvement in the major fundraising effort that established the JCC in its current building. He also helped create the Black-Jewish Coalition that was active for many years. To many in our community Jesse was the “face and spirit” of the JCS.
Jesse’s obituary can be read online here.
Remembering Jesse Gordon, 1930-2018