Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is an American Orthodox Rabbi, author, TV host and public speaker.
Rabbi Shmuley, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post and Newsweek call “the most famous Rabbi in America,” whom The Jerusalem Post lists as one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world, and whom The New York Observer calls “the best-known Orthodox Jew in the world,” is one of the world’s leading values and spirituality exponents and relationship experts.
His 29 books have been best sellers throughout the world and have been translated into 20 languages. Rabbi Shmuley is also the founder of the Jewish Values Network, educating mainstream America in traditional Jewish ideals, and regularly appears in global TV including guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show, radio, and print media including the Wall Street Journal and Jerusalem Post.
Rabbi Shmuley is married to his Australian wife, Debbie, and they have nine children and two grandchild.
Rabbi Shmuley is founder of This World: The Values Network, an international organization dedicated to advancing universal Jewish values in the media and culture, and to affirming the Jewish people as a light unto the nations. This World regularly hosts world leaders and personalities debating and discussing the great values issues of our time before audiences of thousands.
As part of This World, in 2008 Rabbi Shmuley launched the national family dinner initiative Turn Friday Night Into Family Night which has garnered support from every corner of American society and which features television PSA’s of leading celebrities and political personalities asking parents to sign up.
One of Shmuley’s favorite projects is organizing events that impact the world. By stimulating discussion over important topics while promoting Jewish values to the larger world, Shmuley bridges gaps between cultures by focusing on our similarities and ways to work together for a better world. He has also visited numerous areas around the globe to better gain an understanding of their history and uncover our common humanity.
The awards gala was held at the Marriott hotel located in Times Square Manhattan. Elie Wiesel, Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson, and Doctor Oz were recipients of the award to recognize those who promote Jewish values in today’s culture.
After having both appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, America’s Doctor and America’s Rabbi tour Israel with their families for a historic weeklong visit.
With the present Syrian chemical attack fresh in the world’s mind, Shmuley sat with Elie Wiesel and Paul Kagame to discuss world genocide and the responsibility of the strong to protect the weak.
Rabbi Shmuley publishes two weekly syndicated columns for which he was awarded The American Jewish Press Association’s highest award for excellence in commentary.
Rabbi Shmuley is one of the principal contributors to the homepage of The Huffington Post, is a weekly columnist in The Jerusalem Post and The New Jersey Jewish Standard, and has also been published in The Wall St Journal, The Washington Post, and many other leading publications.
Shmuley was a host of the award-winning national TV shows, Shalom in the Home on TLC, and The Shmuley Show on the Oprah and Friends radio network and on 770 WABC in NYC, the most listened-to radio station in America. Shmuley is also hosting a web series entitled, “Shmuley’s Show” where he invites public figures for an interview and open conversation.
– Rabbi Shmuley is one of America’s most sought-after television and radio guests, having appeared on shows ranging from Oprah to The Today Show to The View to Dr. Phil to The O’Reilley Factor to Good Morning America, and nearly everything in between, including regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
– He was also the subject of a full-length BBC documentary, Moses of Oxford. He has been profiled in many of the world’s leading publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The London Times, The L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, Politico, The New York Observer and The Washington Post.
In 2009 Rabbi Shmuley published The Michael Jackson Tapes (Perseus Books), which the entertainer and Rabbi Shmuley recorded for publication to examine the effects of celebrity on life. Before that Rabbi Shmuley published Renewal: A Guide to the Values-Filled Life, which establishes the seven universal Jewish values that can bring healing to modern society. His book Kosher Sex was an international blockbuster and is widely regarded as a modern classic and one of the most important relationship books of the past decades. His recent books on the American family, Parenting With Fire and Ten Conversations You Need to Have With Your Children were both launched on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in October, 2011 he published Ten Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself which has appeared in translations from Western Europe to Korea.
Many of Rabbi Shmuley’s books have been serialized in major international publications and have been translated into languages ranging from Japanese, Thai, Czech, Chinese, and Italian, to Dutch, German, Russian, Korean, and French.
Rabbi Shmuley has been the recipient of numerous awards.
– The London Times Preacher of the Year Award at the Millennium.
The American Jewish Press Association’s Highest Award for Excellence in Commentary.
– Rabbi Shmuley was honored by The National Fatherhood Initiative, receiving their most prestigious award for his efforts on Shalom in the Home to promote the importance of an involved father in the contemporary family.
Rabbi Shmuley first came to world attention through his founding of the Oxford University L’Chaim Society, an organization of Oxford students that within three years of its founding in 1988 had become the second largest student organization in Oxford ‘s history. At the University, where Rabbi Shmuley served as Rabbi to the students for eleven years, he played host to, and debated, some of the world’s leading thinkers, statesmen, and entertainers including Mikhail Gorbachev, Professor Stephen Hawking, Shimon Peres, Deepak Chopra, Benjamin Netanyahu, Elie Wiesel, Yitzchak Shamir, Prof. Richard Dawkins, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Simon Wiesenthal, and Prof. Colin Blakemore, to name but a few. The organization’s former presidents and members include Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, and David Slager, the renowned hedge fund manager and philanthropist.