Jack Far­ber

The Jewish Chronicle - - Obituaries - JOHN FISHER

TRAVEL PLAYED a ma­jor role in the life of Jack Far­ber. As man­ager of Manch­ester’s Far­ber Travel Ser­vices, he saw some of the world’s most ex­cit­ing places and be­came a leg­end in the in­dus­try. He came from a Manch­ester travel dy­nasty dat­ing back over 120 years.

Jack’s grand­fa­ther Ja­cob Mau­rice Far­ber, who came from Lithua­nia where his fam­ily had the mail coach con­ces­sion be­tween the large towns, founded the Far­ber steamship and rail­way ticket of­fice in 1887.

When Jewish im­mi­grants fled the Rus­sian pogroms in the late 19th cen­tury, Leeds, Manch­ester and Hull were just stop­ping off places for many en route to the USA, land of their dreams.

Jack was proud that the ‘green­horns’ turned to his grand­fa­ther, the first Jewish ship­ping agent in Eng­land, for ad­vice and guid­ance.

Ja­cob spoke Yid­dish to them and not only changed their rou­bles into dol­lars, but loaded the fam­i­lies onto horse-driven carts with their brass can­dle­sticks wrapped in their du­vets, and took them to Liver­pool.

It was there that Ja­cob de­posited the im­mi­grants into steer­age class with their pre­cious pos­ses­sions. With his black jacket, striped trousers, top­per and rolled um­brella, he be­came some­thing of an icon as well as a friend.

Jack first met his wife-to-be Es­ther in July 1939 at a Manch­ester dance and it was love at first sight – although when­she saw Jack dance, she said: “that boy has no sense of rhythm”. When war was de­clared on Septem­ber 3, 1939, Jack joined RAF bomber com­mand.

The cou­ple mar­ried the day that Pearl Har­bour was at­tacked on De­cem­ber 7, 1941. Trav­el­ling to Llan­dudno for their hon­ey­moon the next day, they heard that Amer­ica was in the war.

Jack was sta­tioned in the York­shire town of New­ton-on-ouse, where Es­ther would of­ten travel to visit him.

Af­ter be­ing de­mobbed, Jack, who joined the busi­ness in 1946 aged 25, re­mem­bered the first com­mer­cial flight to New York on a con­verted Lan­caster Bomber. The jour­ney took some 14 hours – a huge break­through.

With the post-war boom in cheap travel, hol­i­day deals and group book­ings were soon in­tro­duced. The Far­ber travel agency pros­pered and Jack and Es­ther be­came known for their kind­ness, care and con­sid­er­a­tion in ar­rang­ing travel for their clients.

In 1961, to­gether with the fa­mous Ital­ian Ar­pe­sella fam­ily, the Far­bers be­gan their fa­mous trips to the Ric­cione Lido Mediter­ra­neo and Grand Ho­tel. On of­fer were two weeks full board with ex­tras for 50 guineas. Be­cause of the huge amount of tourism he brought to Ric­cione, Jack was hon­oured and made free­man of the city twice, in 1963 and 2001.

In the early Six­ties, Jack was one of 400 en­trants from the north of Eng­land who won a round trip of 13 days on the in­au­gu­ral 10,000 mile trans-po­lar flight to Tokyo, made by KLM Royal Dutch Air­lines.

This was the first ever com­mer­cial flight over the North Pole. The com­pe­ti­tion asked en­trants to com­pare the pros and cons of a flight to Tokyo over the North Pole to the nor­mal route via In­dia, Manila and Bangkok.

In the early 1970s Jack sold out to Pel­tours, which re­tained him as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

In 1987 the cou­ple re­lo­cated to Leeds to be nearer their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. They were mem­bers of the Beth Hamidrash Ha­gadol syn­a­gogue.

Jack is sur­vived by his wife, son Jeremy and daugh­ter Philippa, brother David and sis­ter Thelma Rose. He had six grand­chil­dren and one great grand­child.

ADETERMINATION to re­build the Vish­nitz dy­nasty fol­low­ing his es­cape from the Holo­caust, was the life work of the fifth Vish­nitzer Rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Ye­hoshua Hager, who ded­i­cated him­self to a tra­di­tional, yeshiva-based ed­u­ca­tion. Hav­ing headed the Vish­nitz yeshiva in Gross­wardein since the age of 20, he found, on set­tling in Is­rael in the mid 1940s, that there was no Vish­nitz pres­ence at all.

His fa­ther Rabbi Chaim Hager set up a Vish­nitz neigh­bour­hood in Bnei Brak and un­til 1972 was the ma­jor force in keep­ing Vish­nitz alive. On his death, Moshe Ye­hoshua took over and es­tab­lished the suc­cess­ful Young Vish­nitz.

In 1977 the Agu­dat Yis­rael, for which he served as the head of the Gedolie Hato­rah, en­tered the gov­ern­ment un­der Me­nachem Be­gin. Moshe Ye­hoshua used the op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance his ideas through his rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Rabbi Sh­muel Halpert. He re­ceived fund­ing for his ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, with­out gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence in the con­tent of the cur-

Jack Far­ber: leg­end in the travel in­dus­try

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