"I'm inspired by Greenhouse's mission to combine storytelling and self-reflection with hands-on social justice work. I hope to find ways to help harness the creativity, passion, and interests of Greenhouse teens to tackle real-world social justice issues. "

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

Spiritual Advisor, The Greenhouse
Senior Rabbi, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch is the senior rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, where he has led a dramatic revival in Jewish life. Since his arrival in 2004 the synagogue has grown rapidly, and has more than doubled its membership. He has introduced dramatic changes in worship, ritual and education, attracting a new generation of Jews from throughout the New York region.

Rabbi Hirsch is recognized internationally for his leadership in Jewish affairs and is frequently cited in the media. The New York Observer named him among “New York’s Most Influential Religious Leaders” and  City & State New York magazine praised him as “the borough's most influential voice” for Manhattan’s more than 300,000 Jews. Prior to his arrival at Stephen Wise, he served for twelve years as executive director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

An accomplished teacher and public speaker, Rabbi Hirsch is also the coauthor of the acclaimed One People Two Worlds: A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabbi Explore the Issues that Divide Them.

Rabbi Hirsch has served on numerous boards of national and international bodies, including the Jewish Agency for Israel, World Zionist Organization, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is currently an officer of the New York Board of Rabbis and is a member of the Partnership of Faith, an interfaith body of New York religious leaders.

Rabbi Hirsch received his ordination at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he was granted numerous awards for academic excellence. He also received an LL.B Honors (law degree) from the London School of Economics. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Rabbi Hirsch can be reached at 212-877-4050, ext. 226, or by emailing his assistant, Cind Senensieb, at rabbiassistant@swfs.org.