Seventeen JTS Alums Included in Newsweek’s Annual List of the “50 Most Influential Rabbis in America”

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July 8, 2010, New York, NY

Seventeen graduates of The Rabbinical School of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) have been named in Newsweek’s annual list of the fifty most influential rabbis in America.

In its fourth year of publication, the list considers national and international recognition, political and social influence, media presence, leadership roles, constituency size, impact on Judaism, and influence beyond the Jewish community.

The seventeen JTS alums included in the “50 Most Influential Rabbis in America” list for 2010 are:

Morris Allen (RS ’84), program director, Magen Tzedek; Mendota Heights, MN
Bradley S. Artson (RS ’88), dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University; Los Angeles, CA
Sharon Brous (RS ’01), founder, IKAR; Los Angeles, CA
Elliot Dorff (RS ’70), chairman, Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards; New York, NY
Ed Feinstein (RS ’81), noted author and speaker; senior rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom; Encino, CA
Art Green (RS ’67), dean, Hebrew College Rabbinical School; Newton Centre, MA
Jill Jacobs (RS ’03), former rabbi-in-residence, Jewish Funds for Justice; New York, NY
Irwin Kula (RS ’82), bestselling author; co-president, National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; New York, NY
Naomi Levy (RS ‘89), nationally recognized speaker and author; leader, Nashuva; Los Angeles, CA
J. Rolando Matalon (RS ’86), senior rabbi, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun; New York, NY
Jack Moline (RS ’82), spiritual leader, Agudas Achim Congregation; Alexandria, VA. New director of public policy, Rabbinical Assembly; New York, NY
Harold Schulweis (RS ’50), founder, Jewish World Watch; Encino, CA
Michael Siegel (RS ’81), co-chair Heksher Tzedek commission; senior rabbi, Anshe Emet Congregation; Chicago, IL
Steven Wernick (RS ’96), executive vice president and CEO, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; New York, NY
Robert Wexler (RS ’77), president, American Jewish University; Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Wohlberg (RS 66), president, Rabbinical Assembly; New York, NY
David Wolpe (RS 87), rabbi, Sinai Temple; Los Angeles, CA