by the Forward

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

New York Board of Rabbis | New York, New York | 66 years old
Conservative | Yeshiva University

“Rabbi Joseph Potasnik made his most significant impact on his community as well as on our nation on 9/11. As a New York City fire chaplain, he spent countless hours and days at ground zero searching for survivors as well as comforting and praying with the grieving families. He never once asked the families what religion they were. He spent tireless days and nights dedicating himself to all people. It is no wonder he is known as America’s rabbi and continues to serve the community.”

—BETH PHILLIPS (also nominated by one other)

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