Rabbi Jerome Yaakov Markowitz, whose career as a Hebrew school teacher spanned more than four decades, died of heart failure Feb. 28 at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 77.
Rabbi Markowitz was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and moved to Baltimore with his family in 1935. He attended City College and the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore.
In 1950, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore, and was ordained as a rabbi after graduating from Ner Israel Rabbinical College.
He taught Judaic studies at Beth Jacob Hebrew School for 45 years, until retiring in 1996.
Rabbi Markowitz spent his spare time studying the Talmud and biblical issues, family members said.
He was a member of Ohel Yaakov Congregation, 3200 Glen Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.