Rabbi John L. Rosove assumed his duties as Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood in November 1988. A native of Los Angeles, he earned a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley (1972), a Masters in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR, LA (1976), Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR, NY (1979), and a Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR, LA (2004).
His mission has been to build Jewish community and draw Jews and their families closer to God, the Torah, Jewish tradition, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel as a Jewish national home. He regards social justice work and high ethical practices as essential core Jewish religious values.
He is a progressive Reform Zionist, is a national co-Chair of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street, a pro-Israel pro-peace political and educational organization in Washington, D.C., on the board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), on the board of the American Friends of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), the Advisory Committee of the Daniel Center of Tel Aviv, an International Vice-Chair of Rabbis for Women of the Wall (WOW), and a member of the Israel Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). He was also a delegate of ARZA at the 2015 World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.
He was the 2002 Recipient of the World Union for Progressive Judaism International Humanitarian Award and has received special commendation from the State of Israel Bonds. In 2013 he was honored by J Street at its Fifth Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles.
He formed twin synagogue relationships between Temple Israel of Hollywood and Kehillat Mevasseret Zion, Israel, with Congregation Darchei Noam in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, with Kehillat Chodesh v’Chol in Holon, Israel, as well as with the Progressive Synagogues in Kiev and Kharkov, Ukraine.
During his tenure Rabbi Rosove has overseen the rebirth of Temple Israel of Hollywood and spearheaded a number of new education and social action projects including the Temple’s Day School (celebrating its 25th Anniversary Year) and Big Sunday Weekend of Service that puts 50,000 Los Angelenos to work each year. He has been an advocate for liturgical change and stronger adult learning, and inspired Temple Israel’s participation in the Synagogue 2000 program. He oversaw the creation of the Temple’s High Holyday Machzor and its Shabbat and Festival Siddur. Between 2012 and 2014 the congregation renovated its entire facility, except the historic Nussbaum Sanctuary, with the design firm of Koning-Eizenberg Architects including a new modern Chapel, a state of the art theater and concert hall, and an extensive fine Judaica and Jewish arts collection.
John writes a regular blog that appears at the Los Angeles Jewish Journal (http://www.jewishjournal.com/rabbijohnrosovesblog), and he posts on both the Jewish Journal site and on this blog two or three times weekly (https://rabbijohnrosove.wordpress.com/).
John has written a series of 8 Jewish Life Cycle Guides that are posted on the TIOH web-site (http://www.tioh.org). The Guide “Preparing for Jewish Burial and Mourning” also appears on the web-site of Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. (http://hillsidememorial.org/jewish-lifecycle-guide/).
John and his wife, Barbara, are the loving parents of two sons, Daniel (age 30) and David (age 25). Contact Rabbi Rosove