Jay died unexpectedly in his sleep Oct. 2, 2004, from cardiac arrest due to complications from diabetes. He was 41.
Jay grew up in Pittsburgh, and came to Princeton from Taylor Allderdice High School. He majored in English, dined at Stevenson, and joined Hillel and the Judo Club. He roomed with Tom Dragone, Randy Henderson, Steve Kimmel, and Tom Van Horn, all of whom recall his great laugh, sharp mind, and deep sense of empathy.
After Princeton, Jay earned his master's and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He served as a pulpit rabbi for several years and then pursued his love of teaching. A sensitive and engaging teacher, Jay spent 10 years teaching at the Charles E. Smith Day School in Maryland before moving back to Pittsburgh to join the Agency of Jewish Learning.
A computer whiz, Jay worked to bring technology into clasSrooms and developed the Web site www.jaydavidsales.com to promote it.
He is survived by his parents, Nadene Sales and Arthur and Judy Sales; sisters Debbie Sales and Lori Kadosh; and his stepbrothers and stepsisters, Greg, Jason, Allison, and Nguyet Goldfeder. To them, the class extends its deepest sympathy.