Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel has been named one of America’s 50 most influential rabbis by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
“The only rabbi we’ve included from the American South, Greenstein is a star in Memphis, the senior rabbi of Reform Temple Israel, which has become a Jewish hub that draws also from Mississippi, Arkansas, and the Missouri Bootheel,” the editors wrote.
“He has taken a public stand for gay rights, works on behalf of women’s empowerment in Cambodia, and is popular in the Christian community, where he has done substantial interfaith work. According to Memphis’s largest newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, the telegenic Greenstein ‘sparks crushes.’”
Greenstein, who has served as Temple’s senior rabbi for the past 11 years, and on Temple’s staff for 20, said he was honored:
“Rankings are always subjective, especially among clergy, since every rabbi does holy work,” he said. “The significance of this list for me is that Memphis and Southern Judaism are being recognized nationally not for yesteryear but for visionary Jewish leadership today and tomorrow.”