Rabbi Heshy Jacob z”l, President of Hatzolah

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It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rabbi Heshy Jacob z”l, founder of the Hatzolah of the East Side in New York City and a president of Chevrah Hatzolah in New York. He was 71 years old and passed away after battling illness.

Born in 1944, Reb Heshy was a son of Reb Shalom Yaakov and Mrs. Chana Jacob z”l. He grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and attended Yeshiva Chasan Sofer.

He later became close to the Kopycznitzer Rebbe, Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Heschel zt”l, and the next Rebbe, Rav Moshe Mordechai Heschel zt”l, as well as Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l.

He got married to his wife, Esther, nee Kinn, in 1966.

Reb Heshy, a beloved baal chesed and askan who spent his life helping others and the community at large, was with Hatzolah since 1968. Reb Heshy led Hatzolah as the organization grew and innovated.

Reb Heshy worked as the manager of the East River Housing and Hilman Houses complexes, comprised of about 2,500 apartments. He was also an avid seforim collector and had a unique love and reverence for sifrei kodesh. But his passion was Hatzolah, to which he devoted his heart and soul.

With Hatzolah’s 50 thousand annual calls and 25 thousand annual ambulance trips, Reb Heshy shepherded the remarkable organization with professionalism, care and sensitivity.

Reb Heshy is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Jacob; his siblings, Mr. Marvin Jacob and Mrs. Layla Wollman; his children, Reb Shamaya Jacob, Reb Dov Jacob, Mrs. Rompy Klug, Mrs. Yocheved Wenig and Mrs. Aliza Malek; and grandchildren.

The levayah will take place today at 1:30 p.m. at the famed Bialystoker Shul in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, followed by kevurah at the Beth David Cemetery, located at 300 Elmont Road in Elmont, NY.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Gavriel Sitrit – Matzav.com Newscenter / Photo courtesy of CrownHeights.info}


  1. He was also a avid seforim collector and he printed (together with his brother) a number of seforim from kisvei yad that he had.

  2. We don’t even know about all the good that he did. His greatest passion was his family . Followed by his concern for our community, of which hatzolah was one aspect that he devoted his energy to. We have lost a great one.


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