With profound shock and deep sadness, we regret to inform you of the passing of the founding Rebbetzin of Congregation Shaare Tefilla, Rebbetzin Annette Wolk a”h.
The funeral for Rebbetzin Annette Wolk a”h, will take place today, February 2, 2020, at 2 PM in the main sanctuary of Congregation Shaare Tefilla. Provisions have been made for Kohanim to participate in the funeral by standing immediately outside, adjacent to the sanctuary. Immediately following the funeral, the processional will pass through the Akiba/Yavneh Academy of Dallas on the way to burial at the Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery.
The funeral will be live streamed on the Shaare Tefilla facebook page – www.facebook.com/shaaretefilla
Shiva will be observed at the Wolk residence, 6415 Linden Lane, through Friday afternoon, February 7, 2020 at 2 PM.
Minyan times will be as follows: Shacharit- Mon-Fri.- 6:40 AM, Mincha-Maariv- Sun.-Thu.- 5:45 PM. Please note that there will be no minyanim at Shaare Tefilla during this time period.
Rebbetzin Wolk is survived by her beloved husband, Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi Howard Wolk, her children, Elie (Amy) Wolk, Michal (Rabbi Eric) Olshin, Yo (Lani) Wolk, Rabbi Akiva (Dr. Rachel) Wolk, Gavi (Talia) Wolk and Shimi Wolk, her grandchildren, Ruby, Sydney and Sammy Wolk and many other grandchildren.
May the mourners be comforted among those who mourn for Tzion and Yerushalayim.
From Akiba Yavneh on the Passing of Rebbetzin Wolk, a”h
Annette was a true ‘Eishet Chayil,’ a woman of valor in every sense of the words. She has been so central to the Akiba Yavneh community for so long. For almost 25 years, Annette worked tirelessly, inspiring students as a teacher, a parent, grandparent and Parent Teacher Organization officer. Five of her children are alumni and two of her grandchildren are current students.
Most recently she taught Judaic Studies to 3rd grade students and over the last three decades she has instilled a passion for learning in students from preschool through high school, through Bat Mitzvah clubs, trips to Israel, power walks with students, and Shabbat assemblies.
Rebbetzin Wolk a”h is survived by her beloved husband Rabbi Howard Wolk, her children Elie & Amy Wolk, Michal & Rabbi Eric Olshin, Yo & Lani Wolk, Rabbi Akiva & Dr. Rachel Wolk, Gavi & Talia Wolk, and Shimi Wolk, and her many grandchildren including Ruby, Sydney and Sammy.
The school has reached out to Jewish Family Services and we are coordinating to make sure that we will have grief counseling teams and staff present and available to our faculty and students. Additionally we have spoken with Chai-Lifeline who is also lending their support and wisdom in this terrible time. They have shared some very helpful information that can be utilized by parents as they support their children through this tragedy. Please click here and here to view these documents.
Our administration and faculty are available to answer your question and concerns. Please understand that as a community we are heartbroken, however as a family we will lean on each other and together we will support each other and our community’s children.
May the Wolk family find comfort among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.
Rabbi Yaakov Green, MSE
Head of School