Rabbi Jay Brickman

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Rabbi Jay 

Rabbi Jay Brickman

January 7, 2022.  Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rita (nee Warschauer) and cherished son, Andy.  Dear father of Dr. Cliff K. Brickman and Harriet Jean “Haje” Black.  Further survived by his Congregation Sinai family of colleagues, countless congregants and students he mentored over his many years of teaching and dedicated service, other relatives and friends.

Burial at Greenwood Cemetery will be private for the family.  ​

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 10 at 4:00pm.  Please contact Congregation Sinai for Zoom link information at 414-352-2970.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Congregation Sinai (https://www.congregationsinai.org/donate) or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – for treating childhood leukemia (https://www.stjude.org) are preferred.



  1. Charlotte (Meyers) Marcus January 9, 2022 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Our Deepest sympathy. Rabbi Brickman has always been a great presence in our lives from the time we were in Sunday school, officiating at our weddings and as a friend to my parents. He has touched many lives and will be missed..

  2. Penny Boylan January 9, 2022 at 11:16 am - Reply


    I learned much from Rabbi Brickman over more than 20 years through his Dream Interpretation classes and friendship. His wisdom made a big difference in my life through helping me make big life changing decisions. I owe much of my contentment to him and will sorely miss him.

  3. Colleen January 9, 2022 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Though I only knew Jay through a dear friend, later in his life, I was touched by his sincerity and will always remember fondly his warmth and sly wit inevitably delivered with that marvelous twinkle in his eye!

  4. Sharon sSullivan January 9, 2022 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I have missed Rabbi Jay at the JCC.
    We had the most wonderful conversations as we sat together on the NewStep.
    He was a warm ,kind and gentleman. Our conversations always left me wanting more..
    Will be sorely missed. His smile was his grace.
    Sharon Sullivan

  5. Phil Musickant January 10, 2022 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I want to offer my condolences on the passing of Rabbi Brickman. I have known the rabbi since 1961, when my family moved to Fox Point and joined Congregation Sinai.

    He was a significant figure in the life of our family and inspired my late father to organize many tours to Israel.

    I was best friends with his late son Andy and the rabbi’s passing has brought a flood of memories: tears and smiles!

    May the many and loving memories of him ease the family’s grief and may the rabbi receive his portion of the world-to-come.

  6. Joe Glassman January 10, 2022 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I am fortunate to have spent 30 years as a student of Rabbi Brickman’s Torah Study class. We also enjoyed participating in the Men’s Spirituality Group for several years. What always struck me about Jay was how incredibly transparent he was as a man. His willingness to go deep was often startling. When we shared deep personal stories or feelings, his heart was wide open. When he listened, his listened with his eyes, and ears, and it seemed every atom and fiber of his being. A wonderfully intense experience to be heard on these levels. Really, really engaging and connecting. His leadership and teaching skills…wow. It is hard for me to even try to discuss the depth and breath of wisdom he shared.
    Jay prided himself on showing us younger men how to age with dignity and the strength of living. I will miss him very much. He was a blessing to the World.

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