Life of Amtrak victim Rachel Jacobs celebrated at NY memorial
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Life of Amtrak victim Rachel Jacobs celebrated at NY memorial

Private ceremony held at Hebrew Union College for mom of two-year-old, CEO of education start-up; funeral set for Monday

Rachel Jacobs (r), with her husband. Jacobs was killed in a train accident along with seven other people at on May 12, 2015. (photo credit: JTA/Facebook)
Rachel Jacobs (r), with her husband. Jacobs was killed in a train accident along with seven other people at on May 12, 2015. (photo credit: JTA/Facebook)

Rachel Jacobs, a victim of the Amtrak train derailment, was remembered at a private memorial service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

Jacobs, 39, the mother of a two-year old son and the daughter of former Michigan State Senator Gilda Jacobs, was CEO of the Philadelphia-based video-learning company ApprenNet. She was commuting home to her family in Manhattan on May 12 when the train derailed. Jacobs was one of 8 killed in crash, which injured more than 200.

Jacobs was remembered at Saturday’s memorial as loving and attentive, and as someone who devoted her life to education and social justice, NY1 reported.

“We will continue to honor her. Remember how each and every one of you shaped her world,” her husband, Todd Waldman, said at the service, the New York Daily News reported.

Songs that were special to Jacob were played at the memorial, including The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” which she sang to her son, the Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels,” and Journey’s “Faithfully,” the first dance at her wedding, according to the Daily News.

Jacob’s family has requested donations be made to the Columbia Business School to create a scholarship in her name.

A funeral will be held for Jacobs in Michigan on Monday, where she will be buried in her hometown of Ferndale.

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