by the Forward

Fred Guttman

Temple Emmanuel | Greensboro, North Carolina | 63 years old

Greensboro, North Carolina has one of the most vibrant Southern Jewish communities — because of Rabbi Fred Guttman. My adult children, mentored by him, have rock-solid Jewish identities despite a Bible Belt rearing. He is rabbi to our entire community, leading interfaith events, taking clergy to Israel, and holding forums on expanding Medicaid. His leadership inside our temple expands beyond Greensboro. He organized a Jewish program for the official 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama at Temple Mishkan Israel. Keynote speakers included Dr. Susannah Heschel and David Goodman, brother of slain activist Andrew Goodman, among other Jewish leaders. The civil rights movement was a proud moment in American Jewish history, too. Rabbi Guttman will not let that our part in that history die. He knows that issues of civil rights concern all of us and is reminding Jews not to forget it.

— Neil Belenky +3 other nominations

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