Click here for PDF Edition

2016-07-15 digital edition

ABOUT US   |   ADVERTISE   |   DEADLINES   |   PR INFO   |   SUBMIT   |   DELIVERY   |   CONTACT US  |  FEEDBACK
TODAY in the Jewish World:

Click on logo for link:



Click on logo for link:

The Jewish Press of Tampa and the Jewish Press of Pinellas County are Independently- owned biweekly Jewish community newspapers published in cooperation with and supported by the Tampa JCC & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, respectively. Copyright © 2009-2018 The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc., All Rights Reserved.


 

July 15, 2016  RSS feed
Obituaries

Text: T T T

Florida rabbi born Protestant, dies at 61

(JTA) – Yaakov Thompson, a popular Conservative rabbi in South Florida who was born Protestant and converted to Judaism in college, died suddenly at 61. Thompson’s family said the rabbi died of a heart attack on July 6.

Born Rick Thompson and raised in St. Mary’s, OH, the future rabbi never met a Jewish person until college at Ohio State University, the Sun-Sentinel of Broward and Palm Beach counties reported.

“I had been studying a lot about religion and ancient history, and then as I learn more and more about Judaism, I discovered it as a faith I wanted to live by, not just study or learn about,” he told the Forum newspaper in 2010.

After college Thompson studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and Israel. After 20 years as a New Yorker, he moved to Florida and joined Temple Beth Israel in Sunrise in 1996.

He served as its rabbi from 2005 through 2011. He then took the post as rabbi at the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami Beach.

“They loved him,” his wife, Sarah, said of his congregants.

Thompson had a love of rock music and played guitar, posting his original music and a schedule of live performances to his website, radioyaakov.com.

Survivors includes his wife, Sara, a daughter, Adina, and son, Benyamin.


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Click ads below for larger version