Rabbi Michael Knopf is the Rabbi of Temple Beth-El in Richmond. Named as one of Richmond’s “40 Under 40” in 2017, he launched Encounter RVA, a series of public conversations featuring leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives aimed at bridging divides and fostering understanding. Rabbi Knopf is also a co-founder of Richmond Jews for Justice, a member of Leadership Metro Richmond, serves on the Boards of Jewish Family Services and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. He previously served as Assistant Rabbi of Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, PA.