Seventeen graduates of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) have been named in the Daily Beast and Newsweek's annual list of the 50 most influential rabbis in America.
In its fifth 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 17 JTS alums included in the "50 Most Influential Rabbis in America" list for 2011 are:
Sharon Brous (RS '01), founding rabbi at IKAR, Los Angeles, California
Ed Feinstein (RS '81), senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom and faculty at Ziegler Rabbinical School, Los Angeles, California
Art Green (RS '67), dean of Hebrew College Rabbinical School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts
Shai Held (RS '99, GS '99), cofounder, Rosh Yeshiva, and chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, New York, New York
Jill Jacobs (RS '03, GS '03), author, founding director of Ma'aseh: The Center for Jewish Social Justice Education, and executive director of Rabbis for Human Rights–North America, New York, New York
Elie Kaunfer (RS '07), cofounder, Rosh Yeshiva, and executive director at Mechon Hadar, New York, New York
Irwin Kula (Seminary College '78, RS '82), copresident of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and author, New York, New York
Naomi Levy (RS '89), rabbi and founder of Nashuva, Los Angeles, California
Roly Matalon (RS '86), rabbi at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, New York, New York
Jack Moline (RS '82), rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Virginia
Rachel Nussbaum (RS '04, GS '04), executive director of Kavana, Seattle, Washington
Julie Schonfeld (RS '97), executive director of the Rabbinical Assembly, New York, New York
Ethan Tucker (PhD, GS '06), cofounder, dean, and chair of Jewish Law at Mechon Hadar, New York, New York
Gordon Tucker (RS '75), senior rabbi at Temple Israel Center, White Plains, New York
Burt Visotzky (RS '77, GS '83), Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious
Studies at JTS, New York, New York
Robert Wexler (RS '77), president of American Jewish University, Los Angeles, California
David Wolpe (RS '87), senior rabbi at Sinai Temple and author, Los Angeles, California
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