Phone: 727.381.4900 x1008
Rabbi Jacob Luski was born in Havana, Cuba. His family immigrated to the United States when he was 11. Rabbi Luski completed high school in Charlotte, NC. During these years Rabbi Luski was active in and President of Temple Israel Youth.
Rabbi Jacob Luski graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. From there, he enrolled in the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, New York, where he received his Master of Arts in 1974, and then continued at JTS to graduate from Rabbinical School, receiving his Rabbinical Ordination in May 1977.
In 1977, Rabbi Jacob Luski became the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida and has continued in that capacity to the present. In 1989, he became the Jewish Chaplain at the VA Medical Center, Bay Pines, Florida, as well.
Rabbi Jacob Luski was presented with an honorary degree, the Doctorate of Divinity, Honoris Causa, from the Jewish Theological Seminary in February, 2003 in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the Jewish Community and the Conservative Movement. In addition, Rabbi Luski was the 2002 recipient of a Silver Simha Tribute for 25 years of service as the spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Rabbi Luski has long been known for his commitment to the Jewish community, and serves on the Board of Directors for various organizations, among them MERCAZ, the World Council of Conservative/MASORTI Synagogues, and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas County. He is a Rabbinic Cabinet member for the United Jewish Appeal and the State of Israel Bonds, and is a member and past chairman of the Joint Commission on Rabbinic Placement for the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, The Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Rabbi Jacob Luski has also been the recipient of the Leadership Award, Heritage Award, Reunification Award and the Star of Peace and Hope Award of the State of Israel Bonds.
Here is a picture of Rabbi Jacob Luski participating in the 28th Rabbinic Cabinet Israel Conference for Israel Bonds!