Humanitarian Awards 2014

David Wolpe


Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California. He previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. Rabbi Wolpe’s work has been profiled in the New York Times, and he is a columnist for Time, he regularly writes for many publications, including The LA Times, the Washington Post’s On Faith website, The Huffington Post, New York Jewish Week, and many others. He has been on television numerous times, including the Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC this Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition Rabbi Wolpe has been featured in series on PBS, A&E, the History channel, and the Discovery channel. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of seven books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s new book is titled, Why Faith Matters.


Named for Voices on the Jewish 100 (The Algemeiner, 2013)
Named one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world (Jerusalem Post, 2012)
Named the number one Rabbi in America (Newsweek 2012)
Offered the benediction at the 2012 Democratic Convention
Winner of a Human Spirit award from the Wellness Community
Winner of a Rockower award for Jewish Journalism (2009)
Named one of the fifty most important Rabbis in America (Newsweek, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Named one of the hundred most influential Angelinos (Los Angeles Magazine, 2006)
Named one of hundred most influential Jews in America (Forward, 2003)