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A portrait of Jerry Anches by the painter Johnny Jonas, commissioned by his wife for his 70th birthday.

Image: Johnny Jonas

Humor, grace and a deep commitment to Judaism were the hallmarks of Jerry Anches’s many years of philanthropy on behalf of the Puget Sound Jewish community. He lived his Jewish values by giving the community his most precious resource — his time.

Jerry passed away on November 19, 2016 at the age of 77, following a distinguished career in commercial real estate development, including the development of the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, and leaving an indelible legacy of service that touched many lives in our community. He followed the philanthropic example set by his parents — his father, Irving, who was president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s board in 1952, and his mother, Reyna, who was instrumental in starting the Federation’s women’s division in 1964.

Jerry did his parents proud. From 2005 onward, he was a member of the Federation’s board, including service as treasurer and chair of the Finance and Administration Committee from 2011 to 2014; Personnel Committee chair from 2007 to 2011; and service on the Real Estate Committee, where he helped guide the Federation through the 2014 sale of its building. He donated generously for decades to support our work.

Jerry’s dedication to Jewish philanthropy was deeply rooted. He spoke often about perpetuating Jewish life and challenged us in his quiet, insightful way to work harder towards that goal. He contributed ideas with clarity and compassion. He always made himself available to talk through the best ways to accomplish goals. Jerry was a thoughtful man with a big heart who brought out the best in people because he cared about people, about our communal organizations, and about our community.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Rita Anches; three children, Jennifer Michelle (Anches) Honey, Eric Nathan Anches, and Aaron Charles Anches; five grandchildren; his sister Barbara Grashin; two nephews and a niece; nephew-in-law; great-nephew; two grand-nieces; and son-in-law.

Ours is a stronger community thanks to Jerry’s dedicated service and the many contributions he made to Jewish life. Although we will miss him greatly, we can strive to honor Jerry’s devotion and legacy by emulating his ethic of service to our Jewish community. May Jerry’s memory be for a blessing.

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