Open Temple Joins Open Dor Project Cohort 2
By Rabbi George Wielechowski and David Cygielman
Larry Fink may have been a rabbi in a former life.
Larry Fink, as many of you probably know, is the CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager, with $5.7 trillion under management. Mr. Fink writes a yearly letter to company CEOs around the world, and in this year’s letter, he was most definitely preaching Torah and channeling the voice of the prophets. Even if he didn’t know it.
Through the letter, Mr. Fink exerts his considerable influence by challenging the most powerful corporate leaders and organizations in the world to embrace society’s changing expectations of them – to realize their social and moral responsibilities as part of a larger, human community – or risk losing the value they have worked to build.
The big question, of course, is: Will entrenched leaders and organizations heed the call? Will they, as Mr. Fink puts it in his letter, embrace their responsibility to drive change?
At the Open Dor Project, we wonder a lot these days about what it takes to drive change in response to an ever evolving and shifting world. Even more so, in Judaism, how do we do it while holding true to our most ancient teachings and practices? Through these efforts and questions, we were blessed this year again to accept applications from over 30 Jewish spiritual leaders from around the country, and to invite four new, change-making rabbis into our second Open Dor Project Cohort:
- Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, Malkhut, Queens, NY
- Rabbi Sara Luria, Beloved, Brooklyn, NY
- Rabbi Rami Schwartzer, Washington, D.C.
- Rabbi Lori Shapiro, Open Temple, Venice, CA