Volume 30 Issue 30 15 Oct 2021 9 Heshvan 5782

Ma Koreh

Adam Carpenter – Head of Jewish Life Primary

The Happiest Man on Earth – Eddie Jaku ז”ל

I remember when I first met Eddie, as a young Macquarie University student in the mid 1990s. Eddie shared his story of survival and I, like the many thousands of people who have met Eddie, was profoundly moved by his resilience and courage in surviving and inspired by his generosity and positivity. 

Over the years, Eddie connected with and impacted many in our school community. Our students and staff have heard him speak during excursions to the Sydney Jewish Museum and met him when he was a Project Heritage historian. Many of us have got to know Eddie and his inspiring outlook on life through reading his book, The Happiest Man on Earth, which he published last year at the age of 100.

Eddie’s great grandchild graduated Year 6 in 2020 and each student in 2020 was presented with his book. The book included a special message to the students from Eddie, as well as being personalised and signed by him. Eddie Jaku’s message placed inside his book given to the Year 6 Graduating class of 2020

He will be loved, remembered and missed by many.

May his memory and legacy be a blessing and continue to inspire future generations.

We extend a message of condolence and long life to Eddie’s family. 

ABC Radio News Report on Eddie’s passing    

Eddie’s TED Talk 2019