Rabbi Amiel Wohl was a spiritual leader, teacher, humanitarian, friend and father of two married children. He was born and reared in Cincinnati, Ohio where his father, Rabbi Samuel Wohl, served the Isaac M. Wise Temple, the Mother Temple of Reform Judaism. Before gracing the pulpit at Temple Israel in 1973, Rabbi Wohl served Reform congregations in Waco, TX; Baltimore, MD; and Sacramento, CA, where he also served as Chaplain of the California Senate. When he arrived in New Rochelle, he created and served organizations that reached out to the diverse community. He was the founder of the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle, and was a past President; he served both on the Human Rights Commission of New Rochelle and the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. He and Reverend Vernon Shannon created the Coalition for Mutual Respect, which holds dialogues, conferences and social events with Black and Jewish members of the community. In the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War, when Israel was attacked, Rabbi Wohl organized a County-wide Israel Action Committee to plan and coordinate political action and programmatic and charitable work for Israel. This grew into the Westchester Jewish Conference (now the Westchester Jewish Council) of which he was the first President. He represented the Central Conference of American rabbis on the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations in the United States and past President of the Westchester Board of Rabbis.
Rabbi Wohl was instrumental in creating a religious broadcast for every Sabbath. The one half hour program is the only Sabbath service broadcast in the Metropolitan Area and can be heard every Saturday morning at 9 am on radio station WVOX 1460 AM and is repeated on Sunday morning at 9 am on radio station WVIP 93.5 FM. Rabbi Wohl and Judge Samuel Fredman hosted a live call-in radio show over radio station WVOX 1460 AM each Monday afternoon from 1 to 2 pm where they discussed issues of the day. The Coalition for Mutual Respect cable TV program was hosted by Rabbi Wohl and was shown each Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. over Cablevision Channel 76. Rabbi Wohl was an active Rotarian and civic leader who became Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel of New Rochelle on July 1, 2000.
Rabbi Wohl passed on January 16, 2019 at the age of 88.
May the memory of Rabbi Amiel Wohl be a blessing forever.