2012 and 2000 Lecturer
Rabbi Charles Phillip Sherman, D.D.
Rabbi Charles Phillip Sherman, a leading voice in Oklahoma's interfaith community, has been the spiritual leader, teacher and counselor of the Temple Israel congregation since 1976.
Rabbi Sherman is past president of the Southwest Association of Reform Rabbis and the only person to serve as president of both the National Conference for Community and Justice, Tulsa Region (now OCCJ) and Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry (TMM). Actively involved in all areas of Tulsa's Jewish Community, he regularly participates in Tulsa's interfaith activities and has become one of the city's leading clergy spokespersons.
His work has been recognized with many awards, including the Community Interfaith Understanding Award, the Ron McDaniel Recognition, the Judy Halpern Religious Freedom Award of the Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays' (PFLAG) national Swan Award, the Russell Bennett Spiritual Inclusion Award from Oklahomans for Equality and the Russell Bennett Faith and Courage Award.
He also has been honored by the NCCJ, inducted into the Tulsa Historical Society Hall of Fame and is listed in Who's Who in Religion.