Rabbi Steve Gutow just completed a six-year position as a visiting scholar at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2003. Gutow served as president and CEO of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA) from 2005 until 2015 in which one of his principal tasks was to defend Israel in the political system of the United States. In 2015, Gutow was appointed to the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was accepted as a New York member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gutow was recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s most influential rabbis in 2009, 2010 and 2012. He has also been recognized as one of the nation’s top Jewish leaders by The Forward.