Your top 50 most influential rabbis

Newsweek has released its 4th annual list of the most influential rabbis in America.

Is it a ridiculous concept? Of course.

Even Newsweek says: “Is the list subjective? Yes. Is it mischievous in its conception? Definitely.”

But it’s fun to peruse.

The list is put together by two guys in the entertainment biz: Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Gary Ginsberg, an executive vice president of Time Warner Inc.

Your top 3:

1. Yehuda Krinsky, head of the Chabad-Lubavitch.

2. Eric Yoffie, president of the Union of Reform Judaism (who plans to retire in 2012). That’s him.

3. Marvin Heir, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

So there you go.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.