Rabbi Jacob Friedman

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Rabbi Jacob Friedman

AGE: 79 • Lakewood

Rabbi Jacob Friedman, 79, of Lakewood, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born and raised in Jersey City, Rabbi attended Rabbi Jacob Joseph Rabbinical Seminary, New York; Yeshiva B'nel Akivah, Israel; Trinity University, Texas, and Indiana State University, Pennsylvania and also received his Doctor of Divinity. He received s'micha and ordination in June of 1956. He served as Youth Advisor and Assistant to the Rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel, Jersey City, he served as the Associate Rabbi at the congregation. He served as Rabbi at Congregation Knesseth Israel, Kittanning, PA 1958-1960, and then Rabbi at Congregation Tree of Life, Uniontown 1960-1965, and Temple Beth Torah in Ocean Township where he was the rabbi for 35 years. He also served as the Rabbi at the Congregation of Long Beach Island for 10 years.

Rabbi was active in many organizations, locally, nationally and internationally among them, UJA, Jewish Federation, Israel Bonds, Shore Board of Rabbis, Solomon Schechter Academy, where he was Dean, Chaplain Jewish War Veterans Post 125 Asbury Park-Ocean, and National Chaplain JWV, Chaplain for Wanamassa Police, Fire and First Aid. Rabbi Jacob and Alison were active during the Soviet Jewry Resettlement Program from 1988 to 1993. Through their effort, a soviet Jewish refusnik family gained their freedom in 1989. Through the years, Rabbi received many awards and honors and has been selected for inclusion in a number of directories among American and Jewish citizens. Rabbi was the author of "From Slavery to Freedom" a Passover Haggadah for the American Jewish family. He has authored many High Holy Day sermon pamphlets, creative prayer books and wrote a weekly column on the portion of the week, "Let's Learn Torah" that is used by many rabbis for their Shabbat morning Torah study.

He is survived by his wife, Alison; 8 children, Anita and Scott, Raymond, Carol and Larry, Eric, David and Jessica, and Amy; 13 grandchildren, Rachel and Reid, Rebecca, Sage, Marc, Joseph, Benjamin, Ethan, Noah, Jordyn, Alexa; a sister, Betty and her husband Gus, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Chapel services 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Congregation Torat El, 301 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst. Shiva will be observed at the Friedman residence in Lakewood. Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 29, 2012
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