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Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Forward, Rabbi Michael Knopf is dedicated to helping contemporary Jews meaningfully engage with their tradition, each other, and the world. He is committed to revealing Torah’s enduring relevance, interpreting and applying Jewish values in light of contemporary insights, bringing Judaism into active conversation and collaboration with other faith traditions, and harnessing the Jewish tradition as a force for a more just and peaceful society.
Rabbi Knopf is passionate about building an inclusive, supportive, and deeply intertwined community where the enduring power and truths of the Jewish tradition come alive for people of all backgrounds, ages, and stages. With his spiritual guidance, Temple Beth-El has grown into Richmond’s premier space for spiritual, intellectual, and moral growth; for living out core Jewish values of justice, compassion, and peace; for inspiring both individual flourishing and world-repair.
Named one of Richmond’s “40 Under 40” in 2017, he was invited by Governor Ralph Northam to offer the benediction at his inauguration and to preside over the first-ever interfaith Passover Seder at Virginia’s Executive Mansion. Rabbi Knopf has been published in several anthologies of contemporary Jewish thought and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Haaretz, Times of Israel, The Forward, Jewish Values Online, and other regional, national, and international publications. Rabbi Knopf lives in Richmond’s Museum District with his wife, Adira, and three children. He’s a pop culture buff and a political junkie, and he enjoys movies, traveling, and pizza.