Rabbi Asher Knight is Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina. He joined Temple Beth El in July of 2016. Prior to coming to Temple Beth El, he served for nine years as Associate Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, in Dallas Texas and as the rabbinic intern for Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rabbi Knight grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Denver cum laude in 2001, with a major in International Studies and a concentration in Middle East security. Rabbi Knight attended Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion at its Jerusalem and Cincinnati campuses, receiving his M.A. in Hebrew Letters in 2006 and rabbinical ordination in 2007.
Rabbi Knight recently served as the Board Chair of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, a non-profit organization that annually provides over $6 million dollars of pro-bono legal and social services to asylum seekers and refugees who have suffered human rights abuses. He has spoken at national conventions and conferences about refugee resettlement. Rabbi Knight has held leadership positions in the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is on the National Core-Team of the Union for Reform Judaism and Religious Action Center’s Just Congregations. He served on the Faith Based Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Library and was the Vice-President of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas. Rabbi Knight participates in the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Chevraya Program, as a part of his ongoing commitments to Jewish learning and spiritual growth.
Rabbi Knight works with leaders and staff to nurture and sustain a sacred community that builds meaningful relationships, draws learning from Jewish tradition, inspires spiritual growth, and acts powerfully for social justice.
He is married to Rabbi Ana Bonnheim. They have two children, Micah and Jonas. In his spare time, he likes to take walks with his family, travel, cook delicious meals, and read good books.