Rabbi David Wolpe to deliver benediction to Democrats


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles will deliver the benediction at a session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Wolpe said his prayer on Wednesday evening will focus on the ideals animating the United States. The prayer will precede speeches by Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts, and former President Bill Clinton.

This year, Wolpe was named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post. He is the author of seven books, and is widely known as a newspaper columnist and radio and television commentator. 

An Orthodox rabbi, Meir Soloveichik, gave the invocation last week at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

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