It is with great sadness that we inform you that our dear friend Richard L. Wexler, former JUF/JF Board member, has passed away.Richard served on the board from 1979-1990, 1991-2005, and 2006-2012. He was JUF Board Chair from 1985-1987 and served in many leadership roles in the organization, including Chair of OPAC, JCRC, Missions, and various JUF divisions and events. He was the 2001 recipient of our community’s highest honor, The Julius Rosenwald Memorial Award. He also received the 1978 Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award. Richard and his wife Roberta were Silver Circle donors to the JUF Annual Campaign.
Outside of JUF, Richard was a major national leader who served as Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, National UJA Campaign Chair, Chairman of United Israel Appeal, National Operation Exodus Chairman, and Chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry. In addition to lengthy board service on these national organizations, he also served in key capacities on the Board of Directors of JFNA, JDC, The Jewish Agency, HIAS, JESNA,, the National Jewish Community Relations Council, and The Great Books Foundation.
The graveside funeral will take place this Friday, October 22 at 10 am at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights. Shiva information to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to JUF.
May the memory of Richard Wexler always be a blessing.