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Funeral Details


Funeral Details

John "Jack" Henry Blumberg


Interment - Private

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North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, Illinois 60035


Shiva will be held outside with social distancing.
Masks are required. Please note that no food is allowed
and there will be no bathrooms available.

Mincha: Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, Monday at 4PM
Friday 1PM

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Wednesday: Ma'ariv at 7:30PM followed by Zoom Shiva Visitation

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Meeting ID: 870 8745 4410
Passcode: yfD2S8

Visitation will be each day (except for Friday) 2PM - 4PM in person and outdoors.
There will be virtual visits at various times in addition to this.

On Friday visitation is 1PM - 3PM (starting with mincha)

Shiva Coordinators:
Leah Brajer 847-452-8522
Marcy Freeman 847-826-6956


John "Jack" Henry Blumberg, age 89.
Devoted husband to Barbara (née Levenson) for over 61 years. Born and raised in Waukegan to the late Morris A. and Pearl (Shiffman) Blumberg, he was active in scouting and earned his Eagle Scout and 2nd Degree Order of the Arrow before he turned 13. Jack participated in football, basketball, baseball, track, and lacrosse during high school and college. He graduated from The Wharton School of Finance & Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his Masters in Retailing at NYU. Jack was a Korean War veteran, serving 18 months in Japan. He started working in his family's home furnishings business, J. Blumberg Furniture, Inc. at a young age. He also managed his family's real estate business for over 50 years. On the side, he also maintained licenses in Insurance and Stock Brokerage.

Jack was active in local charitable, business, civic and Jewish organizations, and was chair or president of many. His organizational work included President of North Lake County Federated Jewish Charities; Chairman of the local B'nai Brith Lodge and Northern Illinois Council; President of Jacob Blumberg Memorial Blood Bank; Board Member of First Federal, Bank of Waukegan, and NorStates Banks; President and Trustee of Congregation Am Echod in Waukegan; and Ritual Vice President and Board Trustee at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park. He was an active participant of the Ritual and Hazak Committees.

Jack loved working in his yard and took pride in its appearance, continuing to mow and landscape until the end. Jack was an avid golfer and sports fan. The lessons he learned through sports kept him active, disciplined, and motivated to push himself his entire life.

Jack was beloved by all and made friends of all ages everywhere he went. Above all, Jack loved being with his family. His family cherished being with him. He was the loving father of Benjamin Blumberg, JoAnne Blumberg, and Paula Blumberg. He took pride in being the Papa of Melanie Axelrod, Peri (Scott) Babendir, Rebecca Lustig, and Rena Lustig. Jack was the dear brother of the late A. James (the late Ruth) Blumberg and the late Nancy (the late Marvin) Whitman. Loving son-in-law of the late Benjamin and the late Minnie (Rose) Levenson and dear brother-in-law of the late Samuel Levenson.

To keep everyone safe and healthy, the interment service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035,

Funeral will be October 14 at 12:30pm. To attend the funeral live stream or view the recording after, please visit our website,
Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


We encourage you to share your personal
condolences and stories of John "Jack" Henry Blumberg below and
we will share them with the family.

Al Gimpel

I knew Jack back in the Congregation Am Echod, Waukegan days. I will remember him as one who stood tall in actions and deeds.

Brian/Bonnie Grach

Jack- A great human being who loved his family very much and who was loved by many. We will miss him deeply.

Rodi Rozin

My deepest condolences to Barbara and the entire Blumberg family. I am forever grateful to Jack for accepting our family as his own. I will never forget the Passovers at Jack's house and his warm and caring nature. He was an amazing person, who truly loved his family and friends, and he will be deeply missed.

Paul Blumberg

Jack was the best. He was one of the most, if not the most, considerate, caring human beings I ever had the pleasure to have known. In all of our communications through the years he always took a genuine personal interest in me and my family. Along the way we got to talk about many subjects foremost of which were family, business, sports - with an emphasis on golf, and life in general. On behalf of my parents, brothers, spouses and kids, heartfelt condolences to Barb, JoAnne, Ben, Paula and grandkids. Jack will be sorely missed.

Gloria and Jim Saag

We are proud to have been friends of Jack and Barbara for more than 60 years. We remember especially the theatre evenings spent together at Marriot and Ravinia. It has also been our pleasure to share happy family occasions. Now we are farther away, but still feel the closeness that we shared for such a long time. Our love to Barbara and the entire family.

Robbi Ellis

Dear Blumberg family - Jack Blumberg was one of the kindest men I've ever met, and it was my great privilege to know him. We send our love and hugs to all of you. May the wonderful memories you have in your hearts be of comfort you always. All our love - Robbi, Ron, and Lionel

Steven Sabourin

So sorry to learn of "Mr. Blumberg's" passing. While growing up with his children, I always saw him as a formidable man who commanded respect with his presence, yet he was so kind with a warm demeanor. My condolences to Ben, JoAnne and Paula on their loss. May the memories shared bring you strength and comfort during this time.
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