B’nai Jacob Rabbi Shapiro named among ‘most inspiring’ in nation
WOODBRIDGE >> Congregation B’nai Jacob Rabbi Rona Shapiro has been named by The Forward as one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis,” according to a release.
The Forward, of New York City, provides “news that matters to American Jews,” its site says.
The honor was bestowed after the Forward ran a request online and in print asking readers for stories about why their rabbi was “most inspiring,” the release said.
B’nai Jacob congregants then submitted answers to an online questionnaire. Shapiro was one of 32 chosen, the release said.
Shapiro, formerly of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Cleveland, in 2013 became the first female rabbi of B’nai Jacob.
At the Woodbridge congregation, she has launched new social, interactive and educational programs to engage members, such as Bread & Torah, Got Shabbat, and Shabbat Schmooze, the release noted.
“In a relatively short time at our shul, Rabbi Shapiro has created a sea change in our congregational learning,” one response read. “Her sermons are extraordinary. I never cease to learn from each one. … She has also done much to improve the community nature and attendance at B’nai Jacob.”