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Rabbi Michael Knopf

Named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by The Jewish Daily Forward, Rabbi Michael Knopf is dedicated to helping contemporary Jews meaningfully engage with their tradition, each other, and the world. He believes that the time-tested insights of the Jewish tradition are not only pertinent but vital in today’s 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. 

Passionate about building inclusive, supportive, and deeply intertwined communities, Rabbi Knopf was named one of Richmond's "40 Under 40" for helping Temple Beth-El become a community where spiritual, intellectual, and moral growth are taken seriously, where Jewish values of justice, righteousness, compassion, and peace are lived, and where Judaism is a tangible force for good in our lives and in our world. His leadership has enabled the enduring power and truths of the Jewish tradition to come alive for people of all backgrounds, ages, and stages. 

Rabbi Knopf previously served as Assistant Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA. Before his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2011, Rabbi Knopf helped coordinate the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, the nation’s largest preparatory program for conversion to Judaism, worked as a spiritual counselor at Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish addiction treatment facility, and served several congregations and educational institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

Rabbi Knopf, a fellow of both Rabbis Without Borders and the Clergy Leadership Incubator, has been published in several anthologies of contemporary Jewish thought and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Haaretz, Times of Israel, The Jewish Daily ForwardJewish Values Online, and other publications.

He is a member of the the international Rabbinical Assembly and the Richmond Rabbinical Association, a member of the Rabbinic Councils of Hand in Hand Schools in Israel and the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel, a Haver of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and an honorary member of the Board of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. Rabbi Knopf also proudly participates in several local interfaith roundtables and organizations that champion social justice and human rights.

Rabbi Knopf lives in Richmond's Museum District with his wife, Adira, and two children, Lilah and Shemaya. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he holds degrees from Columbia University (History, Cum Laude), the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Talmud and Rabbinics, Magna Cum Laude), and the American Jewish University (Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies, Rabbinic Ordination). He's a pop culture buff, a political junkie, and enjoys movies, traveling, and pizza.

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Hazzan Marian Turk

Hazzan Marian Turk is a Jewish Theological Seminary trained cantor who is passionate about building community and joyful Jewish living.

Born and raised in Westchester County, New York, Hazzan Marian’s pivotal Jewish experience was spending her junior year of college at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Before returning to school for cantorial training, Hazzan Marian worked in publishing and technical fields and taught English in Japan.

Since becoming an invested cantor in 2008, Hazzan Marian has served congregations in Fort Myers, Florida and Peekskill, New York.  A member of the Cantors Assembly, she is currently completing the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators, an innovative leadership training program funded by New York’s United Jewish Appeal.

Hazzan Marian is dedicated to making Jewish education fun and meaningful and to invigorating synagogue life.

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Rabbi Emeritus Gary Creditor

Rabbi Gary S. Creditor has been a Jewish leader for over 35 years, teaching all ages, envisioning and creating a community mikvah and participating on countless boards and communal agencies – Jewish, interfaith, and civic.

A member of the international Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Washington Board of Rabbis, and New York Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Creditor was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the world-wide center for Conservative Judaism.

In 2003, he received his Doctorate from Jewish Theological Seminary, recognizing more than 25 years of Rabbinic service. Rabbi Creditor also was tapped by Governor Kaine to participate in the memorial program for the students and faculty who died at Virginia Tech in 2007. He is a passionate and engaging Jewish leader, a teacher of great wisdom and warm pastoral friend to many.

After 21 years of service at Temple Beth-El, Rabbi Creditor retired in 2014. He continues to teach Talmud and Torah Study classes during the week.  Check the Temple calendar for the current schedule.

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