Reviews - Chicago Jewish Funerals

Reviews

Reviews

-We take our commitment to each family who calls us very seriously.  The death of a loved one is unfortunately something we will all experience at some point in life; and if that tragedy can be experienced with a degree of comfort, it can mean the world during a time of darkness and grief.  Below you will find some of our reviews and you can also leave your own review on Google or Facebook.

Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel
Social Rating
4.9
Based on 142 reviews
Google Rating
4.9
Based on 43 reviews
Facebook Rating
4.9
Based on 99 reviews

Raphael Lavin
Raphael Lavin
20:43 21 May 20
We buried my mother in law Elaine IZAKS and used Chicagoland Jewish Funerals. We cannot say enough about the warmth, compassion, and true understanding of loss that they have for their customers. They handle all arrangements with care, dignity, and true professionalism. Hats off to Susan Winkelstein, who did a superb job with both the arrangements and in our personal interactions. David Jacobson runs a class act and company, that truly caters to its customer needs. Even after the funeral, the take home box softened the loss. It included a 7 day memorial candle, as well as a yahrzeit tablet with an additional candle and matches, highlighting forthcoming yahrzeit for future years. When you suffer a loss, they should be the first call you make. Thank you David, Susan, snd your entire team.Raphael snd Lori Lavin
Nancy Ruesch
Nancy Ruesch
23:43 19 May 20
Chicago Jewish Funeral Homes was outstanding during the loss of my mother during the pandemic. They went above and beyond to make our family comfortable. They streamed the service. They delivered anything we needed to our home. They called to make sure we were okay. They oversaw the cemetery service and made sure things ran smoothly under pandemic rules. From beginning to end they have been wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone at the time of need.
Judy Larson
Judy Larson
13:10 18 Apr 20
David and his staff were professional and easy to work with despite the circumstances surrounding my dear aunt's funeral. It didn't matter that she had been living in St. Louis, or that she died during a pandemic (but not from the virus). David officiated the funeral as if there were 1000 people in attendance and I am grateful for the services that our family received from CJF.
Arlene Brimer
Arlene Brimer
22:34 09 Apr 20
The people at Chicago Jewish Funerals were miracle workers. My mom passed away on April 2nd here in Illinois, and we were able to have her burial the next morning next to my dad on Long Island. In normal times this would be impressive, but in these times, with the fear of flights being suspended to New York and all else that swirls around the pandemic, we are deeply grateful to them. We also had a tiny service in the Skokie chapel, with three of their employees and us, all wearing masks and keeping social distance, giving me, my husband, and my daughter a chance to say a few words and walk my mom’s casket out of the room, singing Oseh Shalom. At such a difficult time for me and my family, we appreciated their calm and their effectiveness.
bennett israel
bennett israel
18:12 07 Apr 20
Chicago Jewish Funerals arranged my dear mother in law's care and burial with promptness, compassion and an attention to detail that one might overlook at such a time. From the initial meeting, to the cemetery, to making sure relatives in different statesneeds were met. Any request was met with a yes.We want to thank the entire Chicago Jewish funeral staff for going above and beyond in this most difficult time for everyone.
Paul R.
Paul R.
08:01 04 Apr 20
I can't say enough about Chicago Jewish Funerals. David and his team are outstanding! They went above and beyond to help my family during a very difficult...
Daniel Janich
Daniel Janich
15:53 12 Mar 20
From the moment I called David I knew I was in very good hands. David took care of all the details allowing me to grieve in peace. The memorial service arrangements were handled beautifully. David is responsive, kind, thoughtful and compassionate, as is his staff. Special recognition also goes to Silvio who worked with me to prepare a beautiful video montage that honored my wife. Thank you David and Silvio. I am very satisfied with how the memorial services were done and I sincerely appreciate your high degree of professionalism. I highly recommend that you contact David when your need arises.
Ri T
Ri T
22:27 18 Feb 20
Compassionate, professional, and incredibly helpful. In a difficult time, they helped us at every step, answering questions, suggesting options, and taking care of things so we didn't have to worry about it. Doug M. was everything you could ask for in a funeral director. We were so impressed and grateful for his help and the help of all the staff. We cannot praise them highly enough. Thank you, CJF.
Cheryl Frazes Hill
Cheryl Frazes Hill
17:22 18 Feb 20
We are incredibly grateful to the wonderful staff at Chicago Jewish Funerals as they helped us navigate all of the many arrangements for our mother's funeral this past weekend. There are so many details that were covered efficiently and with such sensitivity and thoughtfulness that we were able to focus on our own emotions without having to worry about the other aspects of the funeral. From the time we initially met with staff, to the day of the funeral, Chicago Jewish Funerals treated us with such kindness, and respect, understanding what we were experiencing. The chapel itself is magnificent, providing us comfort, as well. On such a sad day, we were grateful for the expert care of David Jacobson and his entire staff, who supported us. It is a time we will remember with deep gratitude as we honored our mother's life. Thank you to all.
Barbara Melman
Barbara Melman
23:08 12 Feb 20
Mio was very thorough, knowledgeable, and had a reassuring demeanor.We were very pleased with our experience with him.
Marcy A.
Marcy A.
17:25 10 Feb 20
Everything went as planned. They made a really tough time much easier. Every detail was cared for and they followed up to ensure that everything was going...
Jennifer Holland
Jennifer Holland
19:35 06 Nov 19
I worked with Mio Gabrilo to pre-arrange my father's funeral. Mio was helpful, kind, and extremely patient throughout the process, and other staff members I met briefly seemed equally kind. So far my experience has been excellent. I am confident that when the time comes the service will be lovely and well managed. I highly recommend Chicago Jewish Funerals based on this initial interaction.
Nadene Klein
Nadene Klein
16:18 25 Sep 19
In less than a year and a half we lost two members of our family. In both cases the services and arrangements were made so easy by the staff. They went out of their way to comfort our family and be accommodating to our needs. Jeremey Seaver in particular was a tremendous help.
Alyssa Knobel
Alyssa Knobel
03:27 02 Sep 19
Chicago Jewish Funerals is an impressive facility but it is the people that make it the place to find what you need and what you want when planning the funeral of a loved one - comfort, care, guidance, respect and organization. As a parent, wife, professional and daughter in law of a rabbi, I had high expectations as I managed the details of a complex funeral. David and his team exceeded every expectation. I appreciated the expert advice and suggestions that were delivered with utmost respect to our loved one and the survivors. From the very first call (which was returned immediately) the answer to my myriad questions was always "yes." Chicago Jewish Funerals understands the critical importance of every step of the funeral process. We were able to take the time to say good-bye to our respected and loved family member while tactfully managing the business of the funeral and the start of our grieving process.
Alyssa Knobel
Alyssa Knobel
03:26 02 Sep 19
Chicago Jewish Funerals is an impressive facility but it is the people that make it the place to find what you need and what you want when planning the funeral of a loved one - comfort, care, guidance, respect and organization. As a parent, wife, professional and daughter in law of a rabbi, I had high expectations as I managed the details of a complex funeral. David and his team exceeded every expectation. I appreciated the expert advice and suggestions that were delivered with utmost respect to our loved one and the survivors. From the very first call (which was returned immediately) the answer to my myriad questions was always "yes." Chicago Jewish Funerals understands the critical importance of every step of the funeral process. We were able to take the time to say good-bye to our respected and loved family member while tactfully managing the business of the funeral and the start of our grieving process.
Edie Lubow
Edie Lubow
22:06 27 Aug 19
David and Doug were warm and caring in guiding our family during a very vulnerable time. Their recommendations were so helpful and everyone on their staff made us feel comfortable. I cannot recommend Chicago Jewish Funerals highly enough.
steve turner
steve turner
15:46 23 Jul 19
There are few things in life that are so emotionally difficult as the passing of a son’s mother. Such was my case. As my mother was my champion, I was intent on having a Jewish service done with the highest care, sensitivity, and love. I didn’t have to worry about a thing because the staff was always there. They anticipated everything for me and my sisters. I couldn’t ask for more. Thank you Chicago Jewish Funerals.
steve turner
steve turner
15:45 23 Jul 19
There are few things in life that are so emotionally difficult as the passing of a son’s mother. Such was my case. As my mother was my champion, I was intent on having a Jewish service done with the highest care, sensitivity, and love. I didn’t have to worry about a thing because the staff was always there. They anticipated everything for me and my sisters. I couldn’t ask for more. Thank you Chicago Jewish Funerals.
Marla Topp
Marla Topp
04:03 23 Jul 19
Whether you need them for a yahrzeit candle, to answer a question or to plan a funeral, there is no one I would turn to other than David Jacobson and his staff. They provide expert service, true concern and compassion to everyone. I am so appreciative for the care I have always received from Chicago Jewish Funerals.
Renee Roth
Renee Roth
03:56 23 Jul 19
We have used Chicago Jewish Funerals for several family funerals, and all experiences have been outstanding. David Jacobson, the owner of Chicago Jewish Funerals, has uniformly treated us with respect. We would not use anyone else for our family funerals.
Marla Topp
Marla Topp
03:53 23 Jul 19
There is no other funeral home that pays such close attention to every detail. David Jacobson and his staff are so professional and knowledgeable. During the worst of times, they provide care and comfort and guide you through the funeral process with kindness and respect. They have been there for my family many times and I am so grateful they are in our community.
Gabrielle Siegal
Gabrielle Siegal
03:00 23 Jul 19
David Jacobson and his staff at Chicago Jewish Funerals have been amazing both three years ago when my father passed away and a month ago when my brother passed away. They made very hard situations easy to navigate and were with us every step of the way. Thank you to David and his staff for all you do! Gaby Siegal
Michael Zaransky
Michael Zaransky
18:04 20 Jul 19
David Jacobson is an extraordinary individual who has created a compassionate and professional organization to serve the needs of our community in times of need. I used Chicago Jewish Funerals three times in the last few years for beloved family members funerals and arrangements. David, and staff, could not have been more accommodating, caring, and wonderful They made a terrible stressful situation less bad and were a great source of comfort to me and my family during these difficult times. Chicago Jewish Funerals is second to none and the place our community should turn to for funeral services with comfort and professionalism.
Jill Cunniff
Jill Cunniff
20:06 17 Jul 19
When our father recently passed away, David Jacobson at Chicago Jewish Funerals handled everything for us including interstate transportation. David respected all of our fathers wishes as our dad had met with David several years earlier while he was still in relatively good health. David was more than a funeral director, he has actually become a friend. His compassion for our family is genuine and he treated all of us with the utmost respect and dignity. I highly recommend Chicago Jewish Funerals.
W E
W E
02:54 11 Jul 19
Our mother passed away in March. Without hesitation we contacted Chicago Jewish Funerals to take care of her arrangements based on the favorable experience we had 12 years prior our father passed away. Jeremy Seaver was our Funeral Director. He treated us with kindness and compassion and and helped us make some very difficult and very personal decisions with respect and dignity. There is never anything easy about planning a loved one's funeral, but Jeremy and Chicago Jewish Funerals really helped me and my family through the process.
Jennifer McKeag
Jennifer McKeag
15:10 02 Jul 19
Working with Chicago Jewish Funerals is always a good experience. They are kind, patient, warm, and understanding. Really makes a difference!
Anat Trace
Anat Trace
13:36 01 Jul 19
Chicago Jewish Funerals served my family twice. Every time, their services were impeccable. David Jacobson and the staff are wonderful to work with and their empathy and advice are sincere and priceless. The facility is state of the art, but their respect and great service is what stands out when you need it most. I know many others who have used them and have only great things to say.
Ken Wolfson
Ken Wolfson
18:09 17 May 19
They run a good service.
Hilary B.
Hilary B.
07:54 31 Jan 19
Doug and David were amazing with our family. We had to travel in from Detroit during a winter ice storm in 5 cars to meet our Mother's casket for a...
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Lyanez@gmail.com Yanez
19:43 30 Nov 18
I recently used their services for my brother. I had prepaid the funeral three years prior through them. Our family plots are at Shalom Memorial Park and when I went to them directly to prepay for my brother, I was extremely disappointed with the lady I meet to discuss the arrangements. I didn't want to deal with Shalom directly. I had been to Chicago Jewish Funerals for a friend's service and was impressed. I meet with David and was not disappointed. He handled all the pre-arrangements. When it came time to use their services a month ago, they handled everything with dignity, compassion and understanding. There was a slight mix-up on the death certificate but they owned up to it and got everything resolved. I am definitely impressed by their excellent customer service. Highly recommend.
chevywaldo
chevywaldo
13:27 22 Oct 18
very nice experience with these people. from the hospital visit they made and logistical assistance and support as to what choices were available to us, to the venue itself and their polite and generous staff during the service, they made an unfortunate experience for me much easier to deal with.
Ryan Berquist
Ryan Berquist
21:23 24 Aug 18
Chicago Jewish Funerals is staffed with some of the most decent, down to earth people I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They really go the extra mile for their clients, and provide a great service.
Karen Sokol Silbar
Karen Sokol Silbar
21:28 15 Aug 18
I will always be in gratitude for David and his team at Chicago Jewish Funerals. He absolutely goes above and beyond to make an unbearable day and experience to one that brings comfort and ease. This includes the planning stage, to day of funeral, and even weeks after. He relates to everyone in the family with such compassion and has a genuine spirit. Thank you so much, I will recommend you to everyone that has to go thru this.
Mickey Silverstein
Mickey Silverstein
16:57 06 Aug 18
David has been our family funeral director and has given not just service, but himself at those crucial times in our lives. Recently, I came to him for help with my sister's death, a funeral David had no part in running. He met and exceeded my every need the day I called and his staff in Skokie was fully aware when I arrived and treated me with compassion and warmth. That comes directly from the top, David himself.
Tammy Max
Tammy Max
11:19 14 Jul 18
One of the hardest days of my life. Jeremy was amazing I had to bring my father hm from fla and he handled everything. If I can say it was possible Jeremy took control and it was one of the most beautiful services I’ve been too. Patience is a understatement. As I am grieving for my father the last thing I want to do is really think and Chicago Jewish funeral made the hardest thing much easier. You were great to Wk with I still hope I dnt need your services soon. But if and when you are a 20 plus. ���
Becky Feke
Becky Feke
19:42 26 Jun 18
Such a wonderful experience, Chicago Jewish Funerals & the staff had all our interests and needs in the forefront when helping my family deal with our loss. We couldn’t have been better served anywhere. I can highly recommend ... you’ll feel like you are working with someone in your family.
Kirby Kemp
Kirby Kemp
18:21 10 May 18
We decided to make arrangements for my mother in advance. When I called CJF a woman asked if my mom would like to be involved and offered to come to the nursing home at my mom's convenience. She was helpful, informative and nice to my mom.
Christy Egan
Christy Egan
18:15 04 May 18
Thank you for all you do fo the community. You don’t just do funerals, you try and succeed to make the world a better place.
Leanne Printz Alvizu
Leanne Printz Alvizu
18:13 04 May 18
As a person who lives in our community i want to thank you for your heartfelt commercials. I always think about my relationships and how i can make them better after i see them. Thank you.
Robert Bernstein
Robert Bernstein
17:13 01 Apr 18
We recently buried my mother-in-law. Since I am not a immediate family member, I did not do the arrangements, but I want to commend this organization and it's marketing firm for setting the highest possible bar for service, integrity, and decorum. I have watched ads on cable for Chicago Jewish Funerals and found that the images and messages presented are both accurate and in the best of taste. As in other reviews, I found David Jacobson and staff to be models of caring and capability. Our service was at 9 AM. David Jacobson was there with us at 8 AM and oversaw the events of the day with the entire family until we left the cemetery. He called later at the shiva to see if there was anything more he could do. Susan assigned to us and Charley our driver were impeccable.
Jeff Sumner
Jeff Sumner
03:15 27 Mar 18
Today was one of the most painful days of my life. We buried my dear sweet Mom today. 2 years ago was the other most painful day when we buried my Dad. Both times we used Chicago Jewish Funerals and the magnificent David Jacobson. There's a good reason he got our repeat business. The incredible staff is just so good at what they do. David is incredibly compassionate and he shares a piece of himself with his clients. During both of my very difficult losses, he demonstrated professionalism, faith, and respect. I never once felt like I wasn't being supported and he guided me and my family through the grieving process with grace and dignity. I met David through a good friend and I am so glad I did. He runs a top notch company that is knowledgeable in Jewish funeral customs. He makes things easy to understand in what can be a confusing time. I hope I don't have to use his services again for a very long time, but rest assured, when the time comes...it will be with David and Chicago Jewish Funerals.
Dawn Ramirez
Dawn Ramirez
13:35 17 Mar 18
Losing my last living parent at such a young age is incredibly difficult. The moment that Doug and his co-worker arrived to the hospice facility where my mom was at. I immediately felt comfortable like they were taking me under their wings. Doug and his team are the most comforting group of individuals. I felt almost like family to them as much as my own. Thankyou Doug and the rest of the team for all your support and help during the most difficult time. May God Bless each and everyone of you!
Julia Koby Spiegel
Julia Koby Spiegel
14:15 09 Mar 18
This company represents the finest in ethics and integrity I have learned to appreciate the family that started the company.
Yoyahkeen Quick
Yoyahkeen Quick
16:55 08 Mar 18
I love the work that Chicago jewish funerals do....
David Baskin
David Baskin
03:00 26 Feb 18
My organization has had several dealings with Chicago Jewish Funerals and they were exceptional. They are respectful, compassionate, extremely professional, and were attuned to our needs. Highly recommend!
Shannon McKeough
Shannon McKeough
03:11 22 Feb 18
I stopped by today as a graduate student to discuss Jewish traditions surrounding death, mourning, and burial and I cannot state how helpful David Jacobson was in educating me. He was extremely accommodating and open and gave me, a Catholic-raised girl, a really good grasp of what it means to mourn in the Jewish tradition. I am extremely appreciative of the knowledge he instilled in me and I will take the lessons learned from him forward in my own mourning and assisting in the mourning of others in my career as a nurse. He's an extremely compassionate man that clearly loves what he does and I would trust him with guardianship of my deceased loved ones in a heartbeat.
Daphna Deane
Daphna Deane
18:59 01 Dec 17
Experts!!!
Netanella Kahalon Levi
Netanella Kahalon Levi
18:58 01 Dec 17
בית לוויות יהודי עם שירות מופלא, ברגעים הקשים ביותר ילוו אתכם ואת משפחתכם ברגישות ודאגה. גם לחלק הזה של החיים , אחד השרותים הוא בדיקת דנא שתשמור לכם את המידע החשוב של יקירכם לעתיד ולדורות הבאים.
Extremely nice people. The BG chapel is very soothing and very clean. The people here understand compassion and sincerity. Thank you for being a part of my community.
Sheri Blaa
Sheri Blaa
22:23 13 Oct 17
I can't say enough about the care and compassion provided by David Jacobson and Chicago Jewish Funerals. Excellent.
adriane bernstein
adriane bernstein
23:11 12 Oct 17
They have always shown so much respect for the families. I think David Jacobson is one of the nicest gentlemen I've ever met.
Mark Schwartz
Mark Schwartz
21:28 17 Sep 17
David and team are mensch's. Thanks for your good service.
Rachel Federman
Rachel Federman
17:46 02 Sep 17
The people at Chicago Jewish Funerals are compassionate and kind. Than you for all you do for our community.
Chad Lenz
Chad Lenz
21:26 18 Jul 17
Fantastic organization with great talented people that care! If any of my Chicago friends want an awesome opportunity, please contact me. Can't find a better funeral home in the Chicagoland!
Aviram Levi
Aviram Levi
03:48 10 Jun 17
Very professional, warm and nice people. The place is beautiful.
Stewart Kobritz
Stewart Kobritz
19:29 07 Jun 17
My sisters and I really appreciate the very caring and expert manner in which David Jacobsen handled a very delicate and stressful situation quickly and efficiently. He was there every step of the way, and I highly recommend David Jacobsen and Jewish Family Funerals.
Marcus Farne
Marcus Farne
19:00 03 Jun 17
What a welcoming and loving environment. The staff is extremely accommodating to all visitors. Thank you, Iris Jacobson, for being such a wonderful person.
Etta Schaye
Etta Schaye
01:24 06 May 17
David and the funeral home are the best in the business! The interior is beautiful, especially the FLOORS!
I had many friends that admire the work and care that you provide
Susie Meyer
Susie Meyer
03:13 04 May 17
I have been told this is the most professional, personal and caring place to say your "farewells" to your loved ones.
Ellyn Dorf Hoffman
Ellyn Dorf Hoffman
14:12 20 Feb 17
I recently attended two funerals at CJF. The funerals were so different. One was raucous with music and laughter and happy remembrances. The beauty of the funeral home enhanced the vibrancy and warmth of the memorial and the staff unobtrusively did their jobs. The other funeral was more solemn, with less family participation. The calm and serenity of the surroundings and the enhanced role of the staff set a very respectful tone. I’ve known David for years and know him to be the real deal – he listens to what people care about and does his utmost to meet them where they are.
Loretta Schenk Downs
Loretta Schenk Downs
16:58 10 Feb 17
What one needs before, during and after a funeral is supportive and compassionate staff. Chicago Jewish Funerals provides that, and much more.
David Penzell
David Penzell
15:30 06 Feb 17
From a personal perspective, the entire team at Chicago Jewish Funerals has helped our family in our time of need. They have shown the care, the respect and have looked over our loved one, the deceased. They have also helped us to mourn and begin the healing process and for that I and my family are forever grateful. David and his entire team are true professionals and mench's
Jennifer Segal
Jennifer Segal
18:09 28 Jan 17
I met people associated with this company. They are an amazing people that will treat you with care and love.Я встретилась с людьми из этой компании. Они замечательные люди, относятся ко всем с любовью и заботой.
Ilan Kedar
Ilan Kedar
10:52 28 Jan 17
The people at CJF were warm, caring and compassionate when we needed their services. I want to thank everyone who helped my family.
Margaret Larkin
Margaret Larkin
16:11 24 Jan 17
They are absolutely fantastic. We have used them a few times, and I have never had one bit of a negative experience. They are very understanding and extremely professional, and pay attention to every detail. Their building is beautiful inside and out, so it's a good option if you don't want to use a synagogue or church. The reason why I mention "church" is because I found out that you don't have to be Jewish to use their services. So whether your loved one is Jewish or not, hire them--you will not be disappointed!
Sharon Rosenzweig
Sharon Rosenzweig
18:14 15 Jan 17
I have nothing but superlatives to offer about my experiences with Chicago Jewish Funerals. David Jacobson is a world class mench, for starters. I know I can call him and everything will be fine. He handled my father's cremation in 2007 and my mother's full funeral and burial in 2016. He accommodated every quirky and shifting request from our large and variable family with patient competence. He also spoke to us, offering wise council that helped us navigate our feelings of dislocation. He introduced us to the idea of finding a "new normal," which became something of a mantra in the weeks and months since. It's a great comfort to know there's such a humane, honest, professional here on the North Shore who can make it all a little better. Sharon Rosenzweig
Aaron Freeman
Aaron Freeman
18:13 15 Jan 17
Thank you David for you kind and excellent work with our family when my mother-in-law Judith Rosenzweig passed. We needed LOTS of idyocincratic accommodations and you made them as If they were everyday requests. You treated our family like it was yours. We will always appreciate and never forget your compassionate and extremely professional service. CJF is a great blessing.
Erik Avant
Erik Avant
15:35 06 Jan 17
David and his staff are some of the most caring and professional people I've ever met. I'll never forget the meaningful compassion and care I received from Chicago Jewish Funerals. Thank you David.
Doron Tidhar
Doron Tidhar
11:02 30 Dec 16
Unfortunately I used the services of CJF. I have to say that when personal touch and attention to details matter they are simply the best!!! They will make the experience tolerable. David and his team are the best and they are professionals of the highest degree.
Ira Zoot
Ira Zoot
18:07 29 Dec 16
I just wanted say thank you to David Jacobson and staff for working so closely with my brother Joel in this difficult time. Unfortunately, I was detained in the hospital for back surgery when our loss occurred so I couldn't be involved. David worked with Joel and enabled us to honor our father in a proper way. I would recommend Chicago Jewish Funerals highly to others in need. Best Regards,Ira Zoot
Joel Zoot
Joel Zoot
18:04 29 Dec 16
My name is Joel Zoot. I just wanted to give the biggest thank you to Mr. David Jacobson and all staff at Chicago Jewish Funerals. I came to Mr Jacobson in dire straights and he did not have to help me and my family but not only gave us the lowest fees but wrote a check out of his own pocket to make my dads funeral happen. I honestly don't know what I would have done. Please, if you ever have too have a funeral for a loved one, go to chicago Jewish funerals and you will be treated with the utmost respect and understanding. Bless you David Jacobson and staff at Chicago Jewish Funerals, I could never thank you enough Joel Zoot
Gary R. Waitzman
Gary R. Waitzman
14:33 29 Dec 16
They have helped family and friends numerous times. Wonderful and compassionate people.
Steven R. Hara
Steven R. Hara
08:37 29 Dec 16
David Jacobson and his staff are warm, caring and compassionate. I have known David for many years. He is there when you need him and helps in guiding families when they need his assistance.
Marc Slutsky
Marc Slutsky
19:33 26 Dec 16
Chicago Jewish Funerals makes the most difficult time of life a beginning for recovery and renewed appreciation of memories. They see tradition as tools for meeting individual needs and not a burden carried over from the past. When I talk with families at shivas who have chosen Chicago Jewish Funerals, I experience the comfort and caring they received. And when I refer people to CJF I am confident I have helped them with their mourning.
Craig Champlin
Craig Champlin
22:47 01 Dec 16
A five star rating ,they were of great help to my family and me during our recent loss of my beloved wife. I cannot stress enough the kindness and compassion shown towards our entire family .Their total professionalism and .sensitivity was just outstanding and made the entire process much easier on our hearts. Bless Chicago Jewish Funerals from the bottom of our hearts.!!!! Class displayed on all levels. Thank you !!
Lidia Elvir
Lidia Elvir
05:13 16 Nov 16
Excelente. Tiene información muy interesante y educativa.Todo su interés es de cultivar y enseñar sobre valores y principios Judaicos.
My husband died 16 years ago and I used them. They were wonderful and so compassionate.
Orit Gordon
Orit Gordon
16:23 11 Oct 16
Lost my son last week. Chicago Jewish Funerals were amazing. They were here right away, took care of everything , guided us, took care of us as if we were their own family. They answer all your questions and then some. David came to the Shiva and made sure everything is just right. We can't thank them enough. Great people. Always there for you .
Amy Jacobson
Amy Jacobson
15:09 08 Oct 16
During life's most difficult times, David Jacobson and his staff go above and beyond to offer support. They are true "menches." Chicago Jewish Funerals is truly exceptional. Kol HaKavod David et all for a job extremely well done.
Gabriel Jacobson
Gabriel Jacobson
10:41 02 Sep 16
Proud of my dad and his wonderful staff
Yosef Mendelson
Yosef Mendelson
10:35 02 Sep 16
The people are incredibely kind, and very compassionate.
Yale Zimmerman
Yale Zimmerman
03:49 19 Aug 16
David and the whole crew were just the finest, most caring group one could ask for. Going way beyond expectations. I highly recommend them!! The best!
Louis Karagiannis
Louis Karagiannis
21:53 06 Aug 16
All the people at Chicago Jewish Funerals are very kind and sensitive. I have witnessed the heart in which they serve.
Allan Litwack
Allan Litwack
13:51 25 Jul 16
David and his team are the very best, caring, empathytic, people.
Sandee Holleb
Sandee Holleb
16:46 05 Jul 16
At the most terrible of times David warmth and compassion established a level of trust, enabling us to work through the funeral plans with unexpected ease. It is obvious that David sets the bar high for all the people at Chicago Jewish Funerals, because they too were so very sensitive to our needs at the funeral and at the the cemetery. Additionally, the outreach and follow up underscore the professionalism and genuine concern that seems to be the hallmark of David and his team. I am so very grateful.
Jane Zimbler
Jane Zimbler
03:10 23 May 16
When you need a caring and compassionate person, David Jacobson and Chicago Jewish Funerals are the people to call, they cater to your every need with warmth and professionalism. David will laugh and cry with you and help ease your pain as he's done with me and my family!
Beth Wexler
Beth Wexler
14:16 11 Mar 16
David and his team were compassionate, responsive and detail oriented. They made a very difficult time easier and carefree as they tended to our loved one, our family and guests with a level of service and passion unprecedented by others we have used in the past. They earned our highest praise and continue to follow up with our family.
Shelly Crawford
Shelly Crawford
17:34 06 Feb 16
Attended a funeral here and was impressed by the job they did.
Joseph Shapiro
Joseph Shapiro
00:09 24 Jan 16
Wonderful place, faith is the best, I'll be back to pre plan my service, she did great prep Lanning mom
Jody Handler-Dickstein
Jody Handler-Dickstein
05:18 30 Dec 15
David is the most compassionate person there is. Our family has had all of our funerals there ( sounds terrible but our parents etc) and we would never go anywhere else. They take care of everything and make you feel so at ease. I highly recommended them to anyone who has lost a loved one. They will take excellent care of them!! You will feel such comfort in the process. David is such a blessing in our life!!
Gail Sikevitz
Gail Sikevitz
23:25 13 Nov 15
When I walked into Chicago Jewish Funerals in Skokie to arrange my mother’s funeral, and I met with owner David Jacobson, he assured me that whatever I would request, the answer would always be “yes.” It seemed like an unattainable goal, but in fact they totally delivered. Mr. Jacobson and his staff seamlessly attended to every detail from that first meeting through the funeral, interment, and the Shiva, which was held at their impressive facility. I felt so supported by CJF that the day I dreaded turned out to be one that I will remember with fondness. I felt that we were able to celebrate my mom’s life even as we mourned her passing. Mr. Jacobson’s attention to detail is remarkable and contributed to a funeral and Shiva that was surprisingly free of stress. It allowed us to focus on our grief and sharing warm memories with family and friends. In advance of the funeral, Harlene and Tim offered us the greatest kindness imaginable. They set up a private viewing for my daughter and I to gain the closure we needed. The day of the funeral the room streamed with sunlight. Jerusalem stone lined the wall behind the coffin, which was covered with an arrangement of peach roses that my mother would have loved. Guests were greeted with warmth. It was the perfect environment for Rabbi Stoller and Cantor Frost from our temple BJBE to conduct a service that was spiritual and loving. The procession to the cemetery was smoothly conducted, and then we returned to CJF for the Shiva. The room had been transformed. The peach roses were now in vases on tables throughout the room. And CJF had helped us arrange catering for the Shiva that afternoon/evening. The food was excellent and personnel kept the serving area and tables cleared allowing us to spend the time focusing on my mother. To help us honor my mom and celebrate her life, CJF has an excellent audio/visual system. We were able to play a montage of photos in advance of the service, and during the Shiva the staff played an assortment of old home movies from the ‘50s, video from my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, 90th birthdays and more. It was a lovely opportunity for all of us to remember my mom and dad. I know that both of my parents would have been proud. As they say: Chicago Jewish Funerals - The way it should be.
Laura Hoepfner
Laura Hoepfner
18:27 01 Aug 15
About a year ago, my father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. I had the privilege of sitting with Dad and David Jacobson and being able to plan every last detail of Dad's final journey. Any request we had was met with "Yes, we can do that for you." When my Dad passed away, I made one phone call to CJF, and everything was taken care of, exactly how my father wanted it to be done. His service was beautiful and heartfelt. I was and am profoundly grateful to CJF for helping me during this most difficult time.
Barbara Bernstein
Barbara Bernstein
21:40 01 Mar 15
David, thank you for coming to Naperville to speak to our 9th graders and their parents this morning. Your manner of speaking with teens (and their parents) is totally engaging and keeps them on their toes, especially with a topic that can possibly make some uncomfortable. You always make everyone feel comfortable and not afraid to ask questions. You had their attention throughout the entire time. The feedback afterwards was very positive. Kol hakavod! You are a very special person. Barbara Bernstein, Education Director, Congregation Beth Shalom
Alex Vaynman
Alex Vaynman
22:32 26 Feb 15
While my immediate family hasn't used their services, we have plenty of relatives and friends who used Chicago Jewish Funerals during their most difficult time. After attending the services and hearing about their experiences with Chicago Jewish Funerals, it's pretty easy to see why people are so satisfied with them. A close friend who used them had nothing but great things to say. During such a difficult time, it's great to have a group of people that are so caring and professional. Thank you for what you do, and indeed this is "the way it should be."
barry sonenthal
barry sonenthal
12:48 13 Jan 15
This is to speak of our funeral of Beverly Chercasky..as handled by David Jacobson...sadly the weather was against us at westlawn cemetery..so bitterly cold that no tent could be erected I am guessing that the entire graveside service took few than twenty minutes.My heart goes out to Mr. Jacobson who tried to maintain proceedure but chose to speed the service for the families comfort..I was told later that the soil from the grave was too cold to be moved...such were the conditions..A plaudit to David for his attempts at providing . the best he could given the situation
Cheryl Yesinick Ward
Cheryl Yesinick Ward
15:56 03 Sep 14
Thank you to David and his staff for providing professionalism and comfort to my family. You truly displayed empathy and it is apparent that you always do what is best for the family. On a scale of 1-5, I rate CJF 5+++
Marci Koblenz
Marci Koblenz
03:44 27 Mar 14
Thank You David JacobsonOn Saturday morning, September 7th, a tragedy was encased in treasure. After three beautiful days of family, friends, and Rosh Hashanah, my father felt sweaty, went to the ER, and died. While nothing can reduce the agony of his loss, I was acutely aware, that day in the hospital, that many things could have intensified it…and didn’t. For that, I am very grateful. This is what we were faced with that Saturday morning at 8:30AM.• It was Shabbat; all Jewish businesses are closed • Our beloved Lomdim is self-directed; we don’t have a Rabbi (although we have many rabbis!) and therefore no obvious person to guide us• Shiva was going to be cut short by Yom Kippur; we wanted it to start as soon as possible• My parents hadn’t decided what city they would be buried in, but Chicago wasn’t one of the options• The Contacts in three cell phones (Glen’s, mine and my dad’s), were the only lifelines we hadDavid Jacobson, the owner of Chicago Jewish Funerals, is the father of one of Louisa’s closest friends. We had recommended his funeral home to our friends, on occasion, and had heard glowing “reviews” in return. But Chicago Jewish Funerals wasn’t one of the lifelines in our Contacts (it is now), so we called Louisa (in Baltimore) to call Talia (in Binghamton) to call her dad. Who knew how long that would take! We went to Plan B. Call the funeral home, leave a message and hope that someone checked messages on Shabbat.That didn’t happen. A LIVE PERSON answered the phone at Chicago Jewish Funerals and transferred Glen directly to David. David said he’d come right over.David walked in, in a suit and tie. I thought to myself “you didn’t have to do that. Shorts and a t-shirt, or whatever you were wearing at the time we called, would have been fine.” But I quickly realized, David is a professional and despite being a friend, he wasn’t going to bring any less of himself to the situation. After introducing himself to my mom when he first walked in and expressing his condolences, he said “the answer to anything you ask for is “yes”. I don’t know what we’ll have to do to get to yes, but we will make it happen.” That was the single most comforting sentence anyone could have said at that time. We didn’t know what the questions would be, and we certainly didn’t know what we wanted, but what a relief to know the answer would be “yes”. And, as we came to find out, those were not empty words.David’s first question was “would you like to go into another room where we can spread out some papers and talk?” “No,” said my mom. Leaving my dad alone in the ER bay where we were all congregated was not an option. The smile never left David’s face; despite the obvious inconvenience that was going to be. He started filling out papers on his lap. David asked my mom what kind of a casket she wanted. “One up from a plain pine box” was her response. He showed her photos of caskets. None of the photos looked like the caskets she had seen at the funerals she attended in Cleveland, where my parents lived. She wasn’t able to say “yes” to any of them. David called the funeral director in Cleveland who told him the brand of caskets he used and then got on the phone with casket distributors to get photos of caskets on his phone to show to my mom, while simultaneously researching what it would take to get one casket of a brand he didn’t use to Chicago Jewish Funerals for a tahara that evening. He also worked Plan C – how to transport my dad to Cleveland not in a casket so my mom could choose a casket in Cleveland from among the ones with which she was familiar. Then it was time to figure out how to move my father to Cleveland. Not all airplanes carry caskets so the casket may arrive in its destination city via a very circuitous route. The only way to get my dad home to Cleveland in time for a funeral 48 hours later was via Texas. My mom wanted to travel with my dad; but not via Texas and not at the crack of dawn. Therefore, she wanted to travel by car. And David promised to say “yes” so after Shabbat, David found a driver who would drive my mom and my dad to Cleveland the next morning. That wasn’t even the biggest headache. The Medical Examiner, the guy who physically looks at the deceased and certifies his/her death for the Death Certificate, had already finished his rounds for the day. After all, it was Saturday and he only worked mornings on Saturdays. No one could certify my father’s death until Monday. And, without that form signed by the Medical Examiner, my father couldn’t be taken across state lines. In short, we couldn’t have a funeral on Monday in Cleveland if the Medical Examiner didn’t see my dad until Monday morning. But David had already said “yes” to a Monday funeral and he was determined to keep his promise. He did. You don’t need all the details, but suffice it to say strings were pulled and my father had a nice final drive around Chicago. Although the day was filled with administrative minutiae, and undoubtedly more than the usual stress for David, David maintained his focus on consoling the bereaved. When it came time to move my father to the gurney that would transport him to the funeral home, David set aside the paper work, grouped us around my father and led a very short service. At David’s suggestion, we all lifted my father together and moved him to the gurney. The story goes on, but I’m sure you get the point by now. When David told my mother that the answer to her every request was “yes”, he meant it. That’s the standard he holds himself to. For weeks I’ve tried to think of an appropriate way to thank David. He took an awful day and inserted calm, and hope, and peace. What can I do to show my appreciation?I realized the best way to thank David is to let you, his prospective customers, know about our exceptional experience with Chicago Jewish Funerals. Put the phone number in your Contacts so when it’s your turn for “that awful day”, he will already be one of your lifelines.
Kelli Max Jones
Kelli Max Jones
15:25 24 Feb 14
David, thank you so much for hosting Sukkat Shalom this weekend. Our 6th graders and their families enjoyed learning about Jewish funeral traditions. You made what can sometimes be an uncomfortable topic both non threatening and interesting. Most of all I think you reminded all of us to respect and cherish the people in our lives. What a fabulous class!
David Barany
David Barany
20:26 02 Feb 14
Thank you David for teaching our 6th graders and parents about Jewish traditions that come with death and burial. More than that, you reminded everyone in the room that our learning about the end of life contextualizes what's important right now: love your parents, be respectful to the living, etc. You are a remarkable teacher.
Charles Cooper
Charles Cooper
04:00 21 Dec 13
From beginning to end, their efforts were beyond belief. No detail was overlooked and no request turned aside. We could not have been more pleased.Nancy and Chuck Cooper
Joey Paul Jensen
Joey Paul Jensen
17:51 13 Dec 13
Five stars and beyond. David and his staff did a wonderful job. Having to make arrangements for my dad from California seemed daunting with so many details. Chicago Jewish Funerals handled every detail with great care, comfort, and compassion. David made this very challenging time much easier to face. It's a very special service that they do at a delicate time of life. I am extremely grateful.
Rhonda Levy Wehner
Rhonda Levy Wehner
15:36 24 Sep 13
Thank you to David Jacobson for joining me in presenting to the CNA's at Midwest CareCenter today. You were engaging, personable, and really left the group knowing so much more than when we began. You are always the consumate professional!
Ira Piltz
Ira Piltz
06:08 30 Aug 13
Not sure why only 3 stars posted. Thank G-d, my only personal experience with them has been the pre-planning of a family member, which they handled professionally and with dignity. On a communal basis, I have seen the staff of Chicago Jewish Funerals extend itself in many situations, always with respect and often leaving payment as the last consideration. Having had a truly awful experience planning my father's (OBM) funeral with another "Jewish" funeral home, I can state that anyone finding themselves in need of these services in the Chicago area would do well to turn here. May their services only be needed at 120.