JTS Vice Chancellor and Alumni Well Represented on Newsweek's "50 Influential Rabbis" and "25 Vibrant Congregations" Lists

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April 8, 2009, New York, NY

Rabbi Michael GreenbaumThe Jewish Theological Seminary offers a heartfelt mazal tov to Rabbi Michael Greenbaum (RS '73), vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS, on once again being named one of the "Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America" by Newsweek magazine.

More than one third of the rabbis on the list (a total of seventeen) are alumni of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, The Rabbinical School, and/or The Graduate School of JTS. (JTS alumni are listed below; the complete list can be found here.)

Created, maintained, and revised by three Jewish media magnates, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman Michael Lynton; News Corp. Executive Vice President Gary Ginsberg; and Jewish Television Network CEO Jay Sanderson, the list ranks the fifty most influential rabbis in America based on such criteria as their proximity to powerful people and opinion leaders, visibility in national media, size of congregation, and good works. According to Newsweek, "the list is intended to provoke a global conversation about the role of our religious leaders in today's world."

"It takes highly educated and inspired leaders, men and women of exceptional ability and commitment, to lead today’s American Jewish community. Preparing such leaders is at the core of our mission. It is wonderful that the larger Jewish community has also recognized the individual and collective ability and talent of our alumni,” stated Professor Arnold Eisen, chancellor of JTS.

JTS alumni also figure prominently in a new Newsweek magazine list, "America's 25 Most Vibrant Congregations," compiled by the power brokers on the basis of such attributes as social and community engagement, growth of membership, outreach to young people, diversity of programming, programmatic innovation, dynamism of religious services, and success of the rabbi.

Of the twenty-five congregations listed, twenty alumni, representing The Rabbinical School, The Graduate School, the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music, and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, either lead or founded the congregations. (JTS alumni are listed below; the complete list can be found here.)

JTS Alumni on Newsweek's "Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America" List

#6 Rabbi Robert Wexler, RS '77
#10 Rabbi Irwin Kula, LC '78, RS '82
#11 Rabbi David Wolpe, RS '87
#16 Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, RS '86
#19 Rabbi Jeffrey Wohlberg, RS '66
#21 Rabbi Harold Schulweis, RS '50
#24 Rabbi Michael Greenbaum, RS '73
#27 Rabbi Arthur Green, RS '67
#31 Rabbi Sharon Brous, RS '01
#39 Rabbi Naomi Levy, RS '89
#40 Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, RS '88
#41 Rabbi Elliot Dorff, RS '70
#42 Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, GS '88
#43 Rabbi Hayyim Herring, RS '84
#44 Rabbi Ed Feinstein, RS '81
#46 Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, RS '07, GS '06
#48 Rabbi Jill Jacobs, RS '03, GS '03

JTS Alumni Who Lead and/or Founded Congregations on Newsweek's "America's 25 Most Vibrant Congregations" List

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, GS '06, RS '07 (founder)
Rabbi Ethan Tucker, GS '06 (founder)
Kehilat Hadar, New York

Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, RS '86
B'nai Jeshurun, New York

Rabbi Gordon Tucker, RS '75
Rabbi Neil Zuckerman, RS '99
Rabbi Dina Shargel, Ritual Director, GS '05, RS '06
Nancy Parkes, Educational Director, DS '06
Temple Israel, White Plains, New York

Rabbi Leonard Gordon, RS '85
Germantown Jewish Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rabbi Morris Allen, RS '84
Beth Jacob Congregation, St. Paul, Minnesota

Rabbi Sharon Brous, RS '01
IKAR, Los Angeles, California

Rabbi David Wolpe, RS '87
Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei, RS '03
Rabbi Ahud Sela, RS '07
Cantor Arianne Brown, CS '05
Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin, RS '69
Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, California

Rabbi Edward Feinstein, RS '81
Rabbi Harold Schulweis, RS '50
Rabbi Noah Farkas, RS '08, GS '08
Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, California

Rabbi Rachel Nussbaum, RS '04
Darci Lewis, LC '03, DS '04
Kavana Cooperative, Seattle, Washington