Rabbi Meyer Juzint, longtime teacher and spiritual adviser at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy and faculty member of the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, died Oct. 3 at the age of 77.
Born in Poland, Rabbi Juzint was imprisoned at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and the rest of his family perished during World War II. After liberation, he came to the United States and in the late 1940s, he began teaching Jewish studies at Ida Crown, an Orthodox high school on Chicago's North Side.
"There is barely a student who went through advanced Jewish education in Chicago any time between 1950 and 2000 who didn't have Rabbi Juzint," said Rabbi Leonard Matanky, Ida Crown principal. "He taught thousand of students, including famous rabbis, politicians and Jewish leaders." Unmarried, and with no relatives except cousins in Israel, Rabbi Juzint "dedicated his whole life to his students," Matanky said.
Rabbi Juzint was buried in Israel. A memorial service for him will be held Sunday, Nov. 4 at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, 2828 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago.