As the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El, an historic and vibrant congregation in the heart of Richmond, VA, Rabbi Michael Knopf is dedicated to engaging and supporting spiritual seekers, communicating the transformative power of Torah and prayer, and building welcoming, supportive, and inspiring community. These passions inspired him, prior to assuming the pulpit at Temple Beth-El, to serve as Assistant Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA.
Before his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, in Los Angeles, Rabbi Knopf helped coordinate the nation’s largest preparatory program for conversion to Judaism, the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, 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.
An alumnus of CLAL‘s “Rabbis Without Borders” fellowship, Rabbi Knopf is a regular contributor to Haaretz‘s “Rabbi’s Roundtable” blog, Jewish Values Online, and other publications. He produces a weekly video message and is cultivating a national reputation for scholarship in theology and Jewish law.
Rabbi Knopf holds bachelors degrees from Columbia University (History, Cum Laude) and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Talmud and Rabbinics, Magna Cum Laude), and enjoys movies, traveling, and pizza. He shares his life with his wife and best friend, Adira, and their daughter, Lilah.