Allen Bennett

Sixteen years ago, Allen Bennett signed on for the proverbial three-hour tour at Alameda’s Temple Israel, offering to fill in for a few months while the temple’s leadership looked for a new rabbi. Now he’s retiring to a life of volunteerism, activism – and visits to the nation’s parks. It’s a rich reward for someone who moved to the Bay Area in pursuit of a degree he never earned but ultimately lent his time to a long list of interfaith and civic activities, building strong political and community connections in San Francisco (he’s was San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk’s rabbi), where he still lives, and here on the Island.