Rabbi Buchwald Named to Top 50

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National Jewish Outreach Program founder is recognized as one of the most influential rabbis in America.

It doesn't take a Newsweek article to realize the impact Rabbi Buchwald has had on the future of Judaism

As profiled in a recent Newsweek article, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, founder of the National Jewish Outreach Program (http://www.njop.org)] was listed as #24 in a group of the 50 most influential rabbis in America. The list, compiled by Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, Newscorp's Gary Ginsberg, and Jay Sanderson of Jewish Television Network evaluated the influence of rabbis based on a series of criteria including media presence, leadership, and impact on Judaism.

"It doesn't take a Newsweek article to realize the impact Rabbi Buchwald has had on the future of Judaism," said Rabbi Yitzchak Rosenbaum, associate director for the National Jewish Outreach Program. "Nonetheless, we are proud to see him recognized for the way he has enhanced the lives of so many people. We invite anyone, who has not yet experienced the positive joyous way Rabbi Buchwald presents Judaism, to join us for an NJOP program this year."

Founded in 1987 by Rabbi Buchwald to address the critical issue of lack of Jewish knowledge, NJOP is now one of the largest and most successful Jewish outreach organizations in the world. To date, more than 930,000 people have benefited from NJOP's innovative, free programs which have been held in 3,650 locations--including synagogues, community centers, military bases and college campuses--in all 50 states, nine Canadian provinces and 35 countries around the world.

NJOP is currently gearing up for its acclaimed SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA/CANADA program which will take place on May 4th. The annual continent-wide celebration of the Sabbath has attracted more than a half a million participants in the last decade. Other NJOP programs include Read Hebrew America, Crash Course in Basic Judaism and Parents are Teachers.

For more information about the upcoming SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA/CANADA or other NJOP programs, visit http://www.njop.org.

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