2019 Speaker – Rabbi Dr. Micah Greenstein

Rabbi Dr. Micah Greenstein, D.D.

Rabbi Micah Greenstein has served Temple Israel of Memphis for 28 years, 18 as its Senior Rabbi. Named among the city’s most significant leaders, Rabbi Greenstein was recognized as the first “Memphian of the Year” by Memphis Magazine in 2013. In 2012 and again in 2013, he was named as one of “America’s Top 50 Rabbis” by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Rabbi Greenstein has received several esteemed awards, including the Memphis City Council’s “Humanitarian Award” in 2011; the Memphis Theological Seminary’s “President’s Humanitarian Award” in 2012; and the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Be The Dream’ Legacy Award” in 2016.

Rabbi Greenstein served as a two-time President of the Memphis Ministers Association and as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Civil Rights Museum. He continues to serve on the Museum’s Board of Directors. He is past-President of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis, covering six states and served on the National Board of the NAACP. In 2005, Rabbi Greenstein became the first rabbi to preach in the Washington National Cathedral on a Major State Day, Tennessee Day. He is a supporter, visitor, and speaker at the Harpswell Foundation in Cambodia, which has empowered a new generation of women leaders for the developing world and offers hope for the impoverished and most promising female youth in Memphis.

A Cornell University National Scholar and Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rabbi Greenstein earned his undergraduate degree in  Economics in 1984 and Masters in Public Administration in 1986. Following a year of study in Israel, he completed his Masters in Hebrew Letters at the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1989 and was ordained rabbi in 1991 at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. Rabbi Greenstein also received his Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR in 2016. Rabbi Greenstein and his wife, Sheril, have three children.