Rabbi Wayne Franklin
Rabbi Wayne Franklin, served as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El from 1981 to 2019. He is a 1965 graduate of Yeshiva University and was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1970. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the Seminary in 1996. In addition to his pastoral duties, his leading services and his teaching all aspects of Judaism to people of all ages, he has served as chair of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of RI and has chaired the Rhode Island Interfaith Commemoration of the Holocaust for over thirty years. He is a member of the Miriam Hospital's Ethics Committee and its Jewish Traditions Advisory Committee. He has been a leader in various interfaith endeavors, including the Rabbis and Priests Dialogue and the Abrahamic Accord. He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the National Council of Synagogues, a multi-denominational Jewish group which engages in interfaith dialogue with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Council of Churches. He was the recipient of the Jewish Federation's Never Again Award in 2003, and is a recipient of the 2004 NCCJ Interfaith Leadership Award. In 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Providence College.