Rabbi Andrea London, of Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, was selected by the Forward as one of 28 of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis of 2014.
Selected from hundreds of entries from readers everywhere, the national Jewish publication selected Rabbi London as one of 28 "Men and Women Who Moved Us" in 2014.
The nominating letter, written in part by congregant Ellen Blum Barish, recounts how a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at Beth Emet prompted Rabbi London to invite members from a nearby Baptist church to co-host Shabbat dinner and discuss race relations in the Evanston community. The evening of courageous conversation attracted several hundred people to services and a dinner which spurred interfaith, race-related book and play discussions; bibliodrama workshops, concert collaborations, and a bus trip to the civil rights sites in the South, with 38 high school students from both congregations.
Blum Barish writes, "She inspires us to find innovative ways to make a difference in our community, become a bridge between the faiths and discover our own Jewish spirituality."