Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken z"l

On behalf of everyone at Jewish Funders Network, I want to express how stunned and saddened I am at the tragic death in a plane crash of our member and friend, Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken.

A rabbi, a scholar, a thought leader, a funder, and a mentor to countless Jewish leaders, Rabbi Dr. Panken was a powerful advocate for a pluralistic, inclusive, and vibrant Jewish world, within and beyond the Reform movement.

I want to extend JFN’s deepest condolences to his loved ones and all those who will sorely miss him: his family (which includes other JFN members), his friends, his colleagues, and all of us who care about the well-being of the Jewish community around the world.

Please take a few minutes to read these obituaries and reflect on the life and legacy of a light who has been extinguished all too soon.