Rabbinical School dean named to list of world's most influential Jews

rabbi sharon cohen anisfeld named to list of top 50 influential jews in the worldRabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, dean of the Rabbinical School, has been named to the Jerusalem Post's list of 50 most influential Jews who have impacted the world.

Anisfeld was ranked No. 46 on the list, published today on the Post's website, for her stewardship of the Rabbinical School, which has ordained 70 transdenominational rabbis in its first 10 years.

"Promotion of Jewish expression that transcends denominational boundaries is the raison d’etre of Hebrew College’s Rabbinical school, and Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is its dean," the paper wrote.

Anisfeld said that the transdenominational approach to rabbinic training invites students from a variety of Jewish backgrounds into conversation with classical and contemporary sources — and with each other.

“The point is not to reject denominations, but to embrace people from all walks of Jewish life, in a context that nurtures personal growth and mutual caring and concern,” Anisfeld noted.

Topping the list were Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Reserve; and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

Others luminaries include former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (No. 12), U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (No. 14), comedien Jon Stewart (No. 18) and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel (No. 45).

— Published May 22, 2015