Rabbi Fred Guttman has served as rabbi of Temple Emanuel since 1995, helping the congregation transition from the Fisher Park building to the new building on Jefferson Road in 2002. He has his Rabbinical Ordination and Doctorate of Divinity from Hebrew Union College. Locally, Rabbi Guttman is known for his interfaith activities and efforts to enhance human relations-- interacting with groups from diverse backgrounds. As examples, he has served on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and he co-chaired the 40th anniversary celebration of Greensboro's Sit-In Movement, an important event in the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is a phrase often used to describe much of Rabbi Guttman's work. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award (reference).
In addition to all of the significant good work he does locally, nationally, and internationally, Rabbi Guttman stays busy, diligently performing his rabbinical duties at Temple Emanuel. He has conducted Bar and Bat Mitzvah services for over a generation of 13 year olds. The above photo of Rabbi Guttman was taken at Temple Emanuel last month. Today is ABC Wednesday and "G" is for "Guttman." To see GDP's previous entries, click here. To see the ABC Wednesday contributions of other bloggers, go here.