Two Boulder rabbis are among America's most inspiring rabbis, according to a longtime Jewish news organization.
Rabbi Marc Soloway, of Congregation Bonai Shalom, and Rabbi Jamie Korngold, known as the Adventure Rabbi, joined 26 other inspiring rabbis on the Jewish Daily Forward's annual list.
Soloway and Korngold represent a connection with nature and a love of community.
Soloway was honored for his activism to make ethically raised, local, organic food more available in Boulder.
Korngold was honored for making Judaism accessible to young children and for her work in bringing together Judaism and the outdoors.
The national awards are part of the Jewish Daily Forward's second annual list of nationally known rabbis and the impact they make on the community beyond the synagogue. The Daily Forward started as a Yiddish newspaper in 1897 in New York City and has evolved into a national Jewish news organization.
Daily Forward editor Jane Eisner said the publication looked for rabbis whose stories are "most telling and compelling." Honorees include a rabbi who kept the congregation together during a hurricane, a rabbi who runs an Orthodox Jewish high school that allows girls to practice religious elements usually reserved for boys and a rabbi who started a website that connects strangers and neighbors who want to get together for shabbat dinners.
"We see in these leaders not just men and women who care about Judaism — they care about Jews. It is a privilege to share their stories," Eisner wrote in the introduction to the 28-member list.
The rabbis range in age from 28 to 81 and work in new and old synagogues, hospitals, universities, schools and social spheres. They represent all major Jewish denominations — and some denominations that blur the lines, she said.
Korngold has made a name for herself in Boulder by building an outdoor-centered "synagogue without walls." She hosts outdoor services and programs such as Shabbat on Skis, Passover retreats in Moab and spiritual hikes in the Boulder area.
Korngold is also a children's author whose illustrated picture books tell stories about everything from Purim to Sukkot through a young heroine named Sadie.
In addition to her child-centered storytelling, she has a way of helping children connect with Judaism, congregation members said.
"My daughter sings her blessing in the shower with a special Shabbat soap, even when we miss Shabbat dinner," K.T. Whaley wrote in a nomination letter.
Soloway is an advocate for an interfaith Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group called Tuv Ha'Aretz, which aims to apply faith-based principles to food choices. Tuv Ha'Aretz supports Longmont's Red Wagon Farm.
The idea is to use faith-based principles to advocate for fair farmers wages, support practices that are fair to animals and to allow consumers to have meaningful relationships with the people who produce healthy, fresh food in the community, he said.
Soloway is part of the Red Wagon CSA and also gets his eggs and goat's milk from another CSA just across from Bonai Shalom.
"We're dedicated to having an honest relationship with the land ... having personal connections to our faith and our food and the impact on the environment," he said in a January interview.
To see the full list of honorees, visit forward.com.
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