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Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe

Max Webb Rabbi Emeritus of Sinai Temple

Named The Most Influential Rabbi in America by Newsweekand one of the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World by TheJerusalem Post, and twice named one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal, David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Wolpe previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. A weekly columnist for the New York Jewish Week and weekly Torah columnist for the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Wolpe has been published and profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic and many more. He has been featured on The Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC This Morning, and CBS This Morning. In addition, Rabbi Wolpe has appeared prominently in series on PBS, A&E, History Channel, and Discovery Channel, and has engaged in widely watched public debates with Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker and many others about religion and its place in the world. Rabbi Wolpe, who has spoken in seminars, public and scholarly forums and scholar in residence appearances hundreds of times all over the world from Israel to India, is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times (Riverhead). His new book is titled David, the Divided Heart (Yale U Press). It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, and has been optioned for a movie by Warner Bros.

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  • Named one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People (Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine, 2024)
  • Named one of the Five Hundred Most Influential People in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Business Journal, 2016 & 2017)
  • Named part of the 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 Democratic National Convention (2012)
  • Named one of the Fifty Most Important Rabbis in America (Newsweek, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Named one of the One Hundred Most Influential Angelinos (Los Angeles Magazine, 2006)
  • Named one of One Hundred Most Influential Jews in the United States (Forward, 2003)
  • Winner of the Human Spirit Award from the Wellness Community
  • Winner of the Simon Rockower Award for Jewish Journalism (2009)
  • Award for Excellence in Single Commentary by the American Jewish Press Association (2005)

Rabbi David Wolpe’s Most Recent Book

It’s the second David project in the works in Hollywood. Variety reported in July that Fox, Chernin Entertainment and Ridley Scott were developing a movie focusing on the King of Israel, following the battle of David and Goliath.

The studio has optioned movie rights to the recently published book David: The Divided Heart, by Rabbi David Wolpe. Warner Bros. and Gulfstream are co-financing the project’s development.

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