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Acclaimed rabbi to speak at Annual Campaign Kickoff

Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles Rabbi David Wolpe, touted as one of the most important rabbis and most influential Jews, will be the featured guest speaker for the Tampa Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign Kickoff on Thursday, Nov. 2.

“Our mission as the Jewish people is so much bigger than any one of us,” Rabbi Wolpe has said. “Why? Because we do sacred, holy work and Federation is the best example of this paradigm: When we care, give, fight and love, we’re not alone.”

Rabbi Wolpe will further delve in to what Judaism has to teach the world as he reminds us that Judaism can teach us how to deepen our lives, improve the world, and join with others who have the same lofty aims.

Rabbi Wolpe, spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, he has been on multiple lists of top rabbis and Jews. Time magazine named him the “Number One Rabbi” in America and Newsweek named him one of the “50 Most Important Rabbis in America” for three years running. He also has been named one of the “50 most influential Jews in the world” by the Jerusalem Post and one of the “50 most influential Jews in America” by The Forward.

Rabbi Wolpe offered the benediction at the 2012 Democratic Convention.

He has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA.

He is a frequent contributor for many publications, including regular columns for the New York Jewish Week, Washington Post “On Faith,” as well as periodic contributions to the Jerusalem Post, The Los Angeles Times and many others.

He has been featured in series on PBS and A&E, and has served as a commentator on Face the Nation, the Today show, CNN and CBS This Morning.

Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. Rabbi Wolpe’s most recent book is, David, the Divided Heart, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards, and has been optioned for a movie by Warner Bros.

The Nov. 2 program will be held at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa

Major donors, designated as those who give a gift of $5,000 or more to the Annual Campaign or $25,000 or more to the Glazer JCC, will be included in a special dinner reception.

The community event begins at 7 p.m. All attendees are invited to attend a dessert reception following the program.

Tickets are $36 per person. Admission for young adults up to age 35 is $18. For more information, or to register, visit or call Michelle Gallagher at (813) 739-1687.

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