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Steve Leder
TitleSenior Rabbi
Personal
Born (1960-06-03) June 3, 1960 (age 59)
ReligionJudaism
NationalityAmerican
ParentsLeonard and Barbara Leder
DenominationReform Judaism
Jewish leader
Websitesteveleder.com
SynagogueWilshire Boulevard Temple
ResidenceLos Angeles, CA

Steve Leder, born June 3, 1960, is an American rabbi, scholar, author and Jewish community leader. Twice-named in Newsweek Magazine's list of the most influential rabbis in America,[1] Steve Leder is the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, which serves approximately 2,400 families at three campuses. Rabbi Leder joined Wilshire Boulevard Temple in 1987, and succeeded Rabbi Harvey J. Fields as Senior Rabbi in 2003.[2]

Education[edit | edit source]

Rabbi Leder holds a degree in writing from Northwestern University, where he graduated cum laude. He also studied at Trinity College, Oxford University. He then obtained a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters in 1986. He received his Rabbinical Ordination in 1987 from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Rabbi Leder taught Homiletics at Hebrew Union College for 13 years. In 1987 he became the senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple. He currently serves in this position.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Rabbi Leder is a fellow in the British-American Project, an international gathering of over 1,200 leaders and opinion formers from a broad spectrum of worldviews. In 2012 he presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival.[4] He received the Louis Rappaport Award for Excellence in Commentary by the American Jewish Press Association and the Kovler Award from the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. for his work in African American Jewish dialogue.[5]

Wilshire Boulevard Temple[edit | edit source]

Wilshire Boulevard Temple is a Jewish congregation founded in 1862 as Congregation B’nai B’rith, which means "Children of the Covenant". The mission of the organization is to support the security and continuity of the Jewish people and the State of Israel, through strengthening family life, providing services and support for senior citizens, and to advocate for Jews globally.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple is the oldest synagogue in Southern California, serving over 2400 families at 3 campuses: The Erika J. Glazer Family Campus in Wilshire Center/Koreatown, the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles, the Steve Breuer Conference Center, Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, CA.[6] Wilshire Boulevard schools include: The Erika J. Glazer and Mann Family Early Childhood Centers, Brawerman Elementary School East and West, and Gloria & Peter S. Gold and Edgar F. Magnin religious schools which serve congregants and the surrounding community.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple - Restoration Project and Social Outreach[edit | edit source]

Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s historic campus in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles was built in 1929 by Hollywood moguls with a 10-story dome and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7] In 2008, Rabbi Steve Leder began a renovation and expansion project of the campus, now named the Erika J. Glazer Family campus in 2008.

In 2011, the temple closed for the first phase of the $200 million-dollar restoration and expansion. [8] Rabbi Leder initiated and managed the capital fundraising campaign for this project. The historic sanctuary reopened for the High Holy Days in September 2013. The second phase of the Glazer Campus redevelopment included building the Karsh Family Social Service Center at the Temple’s Koreatown Campus which opened its doors in 2016.[9] The Karsh Center provides free services, including a food pantry, medical, vision, dental and mental health care, along with legal aid, ESL and book distribution. Additional services offer support groups to assist with loss and trauma. Seasonal outreaches include Build-a-Bike, a daylong event where bikes are assembled for delivery to underserved kids; The Big Give, an annual distribution of Thanksgiving meals; Jews with Tools, a program that provides volunteers to build houses for low-income residents.

The second phase of the campus redevelopment will include a 500-car parking structure, a sports complex for students, and a renovation of the campus’ two school buildings. The third and final phase of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s renovation will be an event center designed by Rem Koolhass and OMA called the Audrey Irmas Pavilion. The Pavilion is scheduled to open in early 2021.[10]

Reformed Jewish Congregation[edit | edit source]

Reform Judaism, also known as Liberal Judaism or Progressive Judaism, is a major Jewish denomination originated in the 19th century in Germany. It is the most liberal branch of Judaism. In Reform Judaism, all of the Jewish law, or Torah, is subject to adaptation to fit modern circumstances. In the United States, the emphasis is on the evolving nature of the faith, the superiority of its ethical aspects to the ceremonial ones, and a belief in a continuous revelation not centered on the theophany at Mount Sinai. Reformed Judaism is characterized by a lesser stress on ritual and personal observance, regarding Jewish Law as non-binding and the individual Jew as autonomous, and openness to external influences and progressive values.

Relationship with Evangelicals[edit | edit source]

Wilshire Boulevard Temple has a long-standing history of inter-religious collaboration. Nearby evangelical congregations partner with Wilshire Boulevard Temple and conduct joint bible studies.[11] Wilshire Boulevard Temple is also home to the largest annual gathering of Muslims and Jews in Los Angeles each year to honor the end of Ramadan. [12] Rabbi Leder's books are considered global in their application. Evangelicals and non-religious groups have welcomed Rabbi Leder to appear as a guest on several Christian TV and radio broadcasts.

Writings[edit | edit source]

Rabbi Leder is the author of 3 books. The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul, and More Beautiful Than Before; How Suffering Transforms Us.[13][14] He has published essays in Reform Judaism, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, TIME magazine, Town and Country, Beliefnet.com,[15] and The Jewish Journal[16] where his Torah commentaries were read weekly by over 50,000 people. Rabbi Leder is a contributor to Charles Barkley’s book, Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man? In it, Rabbi Leder discussed the connections between economics, religion and racism.[17]

Media[edit | edit source]

Leder has been a guest on CBS This Morning,[18] ABC, NPR, PBS,[19] FOX[20] and The Steve Harvey Show [21] as two appearances on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, NPR, Dennis Miller, The Tavis Smiley Show, Cavuto and Friends, Scarborough Country,Fox Family and Friends and ABC Overnight. He is the subject of the feature film Restoring Your Tomorrow,[22] and his sermon on capital punishment was included in an award-winning episode of The West Wing.[23]

External links[edit | edit source]

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  1. https://www.newsweek.com/50-most-influential-rabbis-america-73545
  2. https://www.wbtla.org/pages/the-temple-pages/a-message-from-our-senior-rabbi
  3. https://www.hayhouse.com/authorbio/steve-leder
  4. https://www.aspenideas.org/speaker/steven-leder
  5. https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/jewish-los-angeles-reflections-and-insights
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilshire_Boulevard_Temple
  7. https://www.npr.org/2014/07/31/336569529/best-seat-in-the-house-of-worship-the-temple-hollywood-built
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/19/us/second-act-for-the-temple-of-the-stars.html
  9. http://karshcenter.org
  10. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/30/arts/design/rem-koolhaas-firm-wilshire-boulevard-temple-expansion.html
  11. https://www.wbtla.org/bibleclasses
  12. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/11/interfaith-iftar-ramadan_n_5578105.html
  13. http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2018/02/14/15210714/MBTB%20Press%20Kit.pdf
  14. https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomteicholz/2017/11/26/steve-leder-knows-things-more-beautiful-than-before-how-suffering-transforms-us/#737427f37b78
  15. http://www.beliefnet.com/news/2005/08/clergy-and-the-color-of-money.aspx
  16. http://jewishjournal.com/tag/rabbi-steven-z-leder/
  17. https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781594200427
  18. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rabbi-steve-leder-new-book-how-suffering-transforms-us/
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGyDB3ChSg&feature=youtu.be
  20. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/02/03/and-our-leaders-must-remember-there-is-great-power-in-humility.html
  21. http://stevetv.com/clip/steve-harvey-opens-up-about-times-he-has-suffered as well
  22. https://variety.com/2017/film/news/wilshire-boulevard-temple-documentary-restoring-tomorrow-seventh-art-1202464400/
  23. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0745683/trivia

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