Jewish Press founder Jim Dawkins remembered as a community builder



James Allen Dawkins, founder and guiding light of the Jewish Press of Tampa Bay, died July 27, days after the Pinellas and Tampa editions of the Jewish Press published their 35th anniversary issue. He was 77.

To most, he was known as Jim, and was fondly remembered by many as a kind and gentle man who was devoted to the mission of the Jewish Press, to help build and keep strong the local Jewish community. He and his wife Karen were co-owners of the paper, leaving mainstream journalism jobs to create the Jewish Press of Pinellas County in 1986 and adding the Jewish Press of Tampa two years later. Jim, who held the title of publisher, had health issues and gradually stopped coming to the office daily, but still gave his wife counsel about the papers until his death.

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