Rabbi Irwin Kula

President - Clal (The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership)

Rabbi Irwin Kula has inspired millions worldwide by using Jewish wisdom to speak to all aspects of modern life.  He has worked with leaders from the Dalai Lama to Queen Noor and with institutions from Bhutan to Rwanda to Europe and across the U.S. to promote compassionate leadership. Named one of the leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape, he received the 2008 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award and has been listed in Newsweek for many years as one of America’s “most influential rabbis.”  A popular media guest, he is a regular on FoxNews.com’s “God Talk,” has appeared frequently on NBC’s Today Show, and was a repeat guest onThe Oprah Winfrey Show.  A blogger for The Huffington Post and Washington Post’s “On Faith,” he co-hosted the weekly radio show, Hirschfield and Kula, and is the author of the award-winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life (2006).  Creator of the acclaimed film, Time for a New God (2004), and the Public TV series Simple Wisdom (2003), he is the President of Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.