An Eulogy for My Grandfather-Ralph Matzdorff

By: Jacob Elyachar, (Publisher’s Note: Recently, my maternal grandfather, Ralph Matzdorff, passed away. Here is the eulogy I wrote for and read at yesterday’s memorial service.) This is something that I did not want to happen for a very, very long time. For 26 years, my grandfather, Ralph Matzdorff, was a constant light in […]

A Note from the Editor: 25-A “Birth” Year In Review

By: Jacob Elyachar, Happy Labor Day, Everyone! Two days from now, I will be turn 26! As I turned a quarter-of-a-century old, I reflected on the countless incredible things I did during my 25th year on this planet. CrossFit: I celebrated my first year in CrossFit by competing in two CrossFit competitions. While I […]

A Word From The Publisher: Jake’s Take’s Third Anniversary

By: Jacob Elyachar, It is hard to believe that it has been three years since I started my blog! On August 14, 2011, I wrote my first article as (now known as Jake’s Take). I started my blog in hopes to bring my point of view to the World Wide Web. Like almost […]

Jake’s Take stands with Israel

By: Jacob Elyachar, Almost two months ago, I visited the Holy Land for the second time in my life with Yael Adventures: Birthright Israel! I traveled across Israel with an incredible group of people and made lasting memories that I will always treasure. However, my heart broke when countless media outlets reported the kidnappings […]

Jake’s Take On…The Death of Michael Jackson (Five Years Later)

By: Jacob Elyachar, Five years ago, the world lost a music legend! I remember working out on a treadmill at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, where my brother, Aaron, told me: “I hope that you have a refund for those (This Is It) tickets, Jacob! Michael Jackson died!” I was in […]

A Word from the Publisher: Happy Father’s Day!!

  On behalf of my father, Matthew Elyachar, Jake’s Take wants to wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day!!!!   Enjoy your special day with your dads!    

Your True Path

By: Dylan Dreiling, Guest Blogger Publisher’s Note: I am very honored to introduce you to Jake’s Take’s very first guest blogger! My friend, Dylan Dreiling, is the 17-year-old CEO of TeenFit, a non-profit organization that specializes in improving the lives of teenagers. In addition to his work at TeenFit, he is also a lead contributor […]

Jake’s Take On…Yael Adventures’ Birthright Israel

By: Jacob Elyachar, It is very rare for people to receive a second chance to do something extraordinary. Seven years ago, I traveled to the Holy Land with the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) as part of their International Leadership Seminar in Israel. While my leadership skills evolved, I caught a virus due to […]

A Word from the Publisher: Follow my Israel journey

Jake’s Take will be taking a hiatus! I will be traveling to Israel with Birthright Israel and you can follow me on my journey! Visit my Instagram and Twitter for the latest on my trip. Also, please visit my Facebook page: daily…I will be re-sharing some of my best stories and interviews! Thank you […]

Jake’s Take’s On…The JCC Tragedy

By: Jacob Elyachar, As many of you know, countless news outlets reported that a lone gunman opened fire upon both the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City (JCC) and the Village Shalom retirement home in my hometown of Overland Park, KS. According to multiple sources at NBC News, USA Today and Yahoo News, […]

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