Funeral Details

Dr. Howard Farkas


Date and Time

Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM


Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue
8825 East Prairie Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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Rabbi Ari Hart
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue


Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
1400 South Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
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The Farkas/Crystal Residence
8924 Pottawattami Drive
Skokie, Illinois 60076
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Thursday following the interment until 5:30PM
and 7PM - 9PM with Mincha/Maariv at 7:10PM

Friday: Shacharit 7AM
Shiva hours: 10AM -12PM

Sunday Shacharit: 9AM
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Shacharit: 7AM

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday Shiva hours:
10AM - 12PM
and 2PM - 5:30PM
and 7PM - 9PM with Mincha/Maariv at 7:10PM

For meals please contact Felice Fischer 847.224.0086

Memorial Contributions

Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob
8825 East Prairie Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076


Dr. Howard Farkas

Beloved husband of Debra Crystal. Dear father of Aviva Farkas, Dafna Farkas, and Yair Farkas. Proud grandfather of Rivka Flyax. Brother of Ellen (Rabbi Joel) Silver, Yisrael (Miriam) Ze’ev, Gerry (Marla) Farkas. Service Thursday 11 AM at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie, IL 60076. Masks encouraged. Interment Waldheim. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob 8825 East Prairie Road, Skokie, IL 60076 or to AMIT To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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We are so sorry for the loss of our dear cousin and your brother. Even though we haven’t seen him during much of his life, we heard only good things about him and what a wonderful person he was.
May Hashem grant his Neshama peace, and May his wonderful deeds be a Blessing to keep you strong.
Susan and Jack

Susan and Jack Gluck
September 2, 2022
So sorry for this sad loss. Hamakom yenachem etchem btoch shaar avelei tzion vyerushalayim. You should know no more sadness.
Batshie ((Frank) Goldfeder

Batshie Goldfeder
September 4, 2022
My deepest condolences to Dr. Farkas’ family, including his friends and loved ones. I was a longtime client of Dr. Farkas…over a decade. It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Farkas changed my life. His teachings will live through me on a daily basis. I can hear and see him in my mind’s eye, very patiently challenging me and finally nodding his head in agreement when I connected the dots on my own. I like to think of him as my greatest friend and confidant. He had a wonderful sense of humor. I will miss him dearly. Thank you for everything, Dr. Farkas. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude.

Vanessa Gonzalez
September 8, 2022
I was Howard’s postdoctoral fellow when it was Chicago Behavioral Health. I was with Howard as he went from a practice of one to a group practice and helped him hire his first two therapists. It was a hard decision after moving to Atlanta to transition from his practice because it was such a great experience.

Howard transformed my career. I am who I am today as a psychologist because of Howard. Every week I speak to patients about lessons he taught me that I share with them. His memory will forever live on in the lives I am able to help because of all he taught me. Just last week I spoke to a patient about how my old supervisor would always have a serving of ice cream after dinner ( I am not sure if he continued to do this as this was several years ago). The lesson was that if you allow yourself to have what you want you can feel satisfied with just the right amount for you.

My time with him also helped give me the courage to start my own group therapy practice. Howard was a huge mentor to me. His guidance and support was invaluable.

I was so shocked and sad to hear this news. It was a blessing to have known Howard. He was an incredible person and therapist. I know my life was made better because of him. If there is anything I can do to support the practice during this incredibly difficult time please do not hesitate to reach out.

Rebecca Leslie
September 14, 2022