Federation mourns the loss of immediate past president Hal Resnick


By Jewish Federation of Jacksonville


The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville along with the entire Jacksonville Jewish community has lost a cherished and valued member of its family. That’s because Harold S. Resnick, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7th at the age of 72 following a courageous battle with cancer. Aside from serving as the Federation’s immediate past president from 2013-15, Resnick was the current president of Jewish Family & Community Services.


Hal and his wife, Barbara, relocated to Florida in 2000 and had resided in the Jacksonville area for the past 16 years. While continuing his consulting work, Hal served on the Board of Directors for Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) for several years, as well as on their Executive Committee, and was just installed as the new President of the Board this past June. Additionally, Resnick served on the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Jewish Federation for many years, and was their immediate past president. He was also an active member of Congregation Ahavath Chesed, serving on the congregation’s board as well. Hal and his wife were also Associate Members of Etz Chaim Synagogue.  


Resnick was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on June 29, 1944 to Alexander and Ruth (Resnick) Siegel. He grew up there and attended CCNY for his Bachelor's Degree, receiving both his Master's and Doctoral Degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. Resnick lived for many years in Massachusetts where he was a professor at Boston University. While in Massachusetts he was active in his local Masonic Lodge, eventually becoming a Master Mason and President of Perfection Lodge in Framingham, Mass. He began his consulting career at Raytheon Data Systems before building his own professional consulting firm, Work Systems Associates, in 1980.

The New York native was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Ruth (Resnick) Siegel, and his stepfather, Sol Siegel. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Barbara Resnick, and his brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Ruth Resnick of East Northport, N.Y. He leaves behind his children, Amy and Eric Raboin of Lunenburg, Mass, Richard Resnick and Molly Flueckiger of Arlington, Mass, Meghan and Martin Wright of Belmont, Mass., and Matthew and Amanda Lane of Jacksonville, in addition to his nephew, Brendan and Michelle Hourihan of Denver, Colo. He also leaves behind 12 beloved grandchildren.


Burial was held Friday, Sept. 9th in Farmingdale, N.Y. A memorial service took place Sept. 12th at The Temple. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Jewish Family and Community Services, Jacksonville Jewish Federation, or Congregation Ahavath Chesed.