Funeral Details

Rabbi Burton H. Wax

February 19, 1936 - June 1, 2024


Date and Time

Monday, June 3, 2024 at 1:00 PM


Chicago Jewish Funerals
Skokie Chapel
8851 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, Illinois 60077
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Shalom Memorial Park
1700 West Rand Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004
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6840 North Sacramento Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60645
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Tuesday - Thursday 10AM - 12Noon, 2PM - 4PM and 7PM - 9PM
Friday 9AM - 12Noon
Motzei Shabbat 9:45PM - 11PM

Davening Times
Tuesday - Friday
Shachrit 8AM
Monday - Thursday
Mincha Maariv - 8PM

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Memorial Contributions

Hatzalah Chicago
6501 North Hamlin Avenue
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712
Chicago Mitzvah Campaign
2757 West Pratt Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60645


Rabbi Burton Wax beloved husband of Maxima, nee Schwartz. Loving father of Ora (Maury) Aaron and Ari (Pola) Wax. Adored grandfather of Yoni (Jessy) Aaron, Ilana (Chanani) Teller Aaron, Jake and Joshua Wax. Proud great grandfather of Emma, Daniella, Nikki, Ella, Max and Teddy. Dear brother of Harriet (the late Martin) Stein and brother-in-law of David (the late Elaine and the late Renee) Schwartz. Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Ezras Israel, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Agudath Jacob, Past President of Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School, Past Co-President of Religious Zionist of Chicago, Past Vice-President of Associated Talmud Torahs, Past Chairman of Public Affairs Committee of the cRc, Past Treasurer of Chicago Board of Rabbis. Service Monday 1PM at Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd (at Niles Center Road), Skokie. Interment Shalom. Memorial contributions to Hatzalah Chicago 6501 North Hamlin Avenue, Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712 or to Chicago Mitzvah Campaign, 2757 West Pratt Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60645, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals-Skokie Chapel 847.229.8822,


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So sorry to hear this news.
Rabbi and my family were always close.
Rabbi was a wonderful spirt for me as well.
May his memory be your blessings.

Arthur Glass
June 2, 2024
Burt = Mensch. May his memory be for a blessing.

Larry Teren
June 2, 2024
To the Wax family-
We are very saddened to learn of Burt’s passing. He was a great friend and mentor, as he was a “friendly” competitor. He was always forthright and upright - a manof great honesty and integrity. He will be greatly missed.
Naomi and Herschel Strauss

Herschel Strauss
June 3, 2024
Rabbi Wax, obm, was a wonderful man, a distinguished rabbi, scholar and friend. I knew him when he was the rabbi at Congregation Ezras Israel, he presided over my Dad’s funeral and was often my advisor. He was very special. I’m grateful that I visited him in the hospital just a few days before his passing. Fran joins me in expressing our deepest sympathies to Maxima and all the Wax family.

Lee Preston
June 3, 2024
Burt was a cousin who had wonderful characteristics.

Sidney & Barbara Goldberg
June 3, 2024
I was saddened to learn of the Rabbi's passing. I met him with my mother at Congregation Ezras Israel. He was a good Rabbi and a kind man. I remember my mom (obm) telling me that he gave her a ride to a funeral he just happened to be officiating at Both she and I asked his advice on a few occasions. He will be missed. My Condolences to Rebbetzin Wax (who I met at the library), and her family.

Debra Sisto
June 3, 2024
Uncle Burt was always really kind and friendly whenever we visited and he was clearly a great man. His large book collection and his great generosity with the books inspired me to start reading and cultivated a love of reading and learning that is still with me today.

William Kurlander
June 3, 2024
I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of Rabbi. Burton Wax upon his recent passing. My first contact with Burt was in his capacity as proprietor of Schwartz Goodman brothers Hebrew bookstore on Devon Avenue where I would ,as a teenager ,procure all of our family's, religious items. this professional relationship continued when he subsequently took on the managerial position at Rosenblum's Hebrew bookstore also on Devon Avenue. Bert and I always had a very special relationship as he knew members of my family very well from his days as a student at Hebrew Theological College where they were also fellow students-Ernest and Marvin Goldstein. He also knew my grandparents, Jacob and Emma Jersky through the same connection and from the West Rogers Park Jewish community. Subsequently and more recently, our relationship became one of doctor and patient, as it became my honor and privilege to provide his medical care for the last several years until my retirement from medical practice and relocation to the Boca Raton Florida Jewish community in 2019. Aside from providing his medical care and discussing all of the essential medical issues when he would come into the office, the other most enjoyable part of the office visit was always schmoozing about what was new in the Chicago Jewish community.. Burt was always more than just a patient of mine, but a true dear friend whom I held in the utmost of respect. May his wife and his entire family of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren always be able to cherish the beloved memories of Burt and carry them into the years ahead as a source of solace and consolation.. It was my true honor and privilege to have been able to call him my friend.. I certainly am the richer person for having had that experience.. May his soul be bound up in the bonds of everlasting life, may his Neshamah have an Aliyah, and may he be a true Maylitz Yosher for all of us , please GD.

Howard Vernof
June 4, 2024
Way back in 1960, Rabbi Wax was my Hebrew school teacher and Bar Mitzvah tutor at B’nai David Congregation in Budlong Woods. I’m sorry to hear of his passing and may his memory be for a blessing.

Bruce Rosenberg
June 4, 2024
I was so sorry to hear this news. I remember Rabbi Wax from his days at Ezras Israel as well as my time working in the Chicago cRc office. He was always friendly and regal, approachable, knowledgeable, respectful, and considerate. I just spoke to him a few weeks ago, and it was a pleasure, as always to kibbitz with him. I wish the entire family nechama, and may they always carry his legacy forward for many generations to come.

Biranit Cohen
June 6, 2024
Rabbi wax was my Hebrew school teacher at bnai david and my bar Mitzpha tutor..he was patient and understanding.
His memory is already a blessing.
Alan Olken, a reluctant student.

alan olken
June 7, 2024