Rabbi John L. Rosove is Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood since November 1988. 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 our people’s Jewish national home. He regards social justice work and high ethical practices as essential core Jewish religious values.
During his tenure Rabbi Rosove has overseen the rebirth of Temple Israel of Hollywood and spearheaded a number of new religious, education, and social action projects including ongoing worship and liturgical reform including the publication of two synagogue prayer books for Shabbat and Holidays and the High Holidays, Temple’s Day School (established 1989), and Big Sunday Weekend of Service that puts 50,000 Los Angelinos to work each year on a weekend in spring as well as serving thousands 365-days a year in a multitude of social action projects.
John is the immediate past National Chairman of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA). In that capacity he served as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO), the Board of Governors (BOG) of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the Vaad HaPoel of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Executive Committee of ARZENU (the international Reform Zionist Organization), the American Zionist Movement (AZM), the Board of the American Friends of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), and the Advisory Committee of the Daniel Center of Tel Aviv. He was a delegate on the ARZENU slate at the 2015 World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem. He will now serve as a member of the newly created Union for Reform Judaism’s Israel and Reform Zionism Committee (IRZC).
John served as national co-Chair of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street (2012-2016) and is now a member of J Street’s Executive Rabbinic Cabinet.
John 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 and Temple Israel of Hollywood formed three twin synagogue relationships with Israeli Reform synagogue centers at Kehilat Mevasseret Zion and Kehilat Darchei Noam in Ramat Hasharon (between 1999 and 2014), and Kehilat Kodesh v’Chol in Holon (since 2015). He initiated sister synagogue partnerships with two Progressive Synagogues in Kiev and Kharkov, Ukraine (between 2000 and 2004).
John is the author of “Why Judaism Matters – Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation” (Jewish Lights Publishing, a division of Turner Publishing Company, 2017) available at Amazon.com.
He 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 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 will retire from the congregational rabbinate at the end of June 30, 2019 after serving Temple Israel for thirty years and serving as a congregational rabbi for forty years. He and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of two sons, Daniel (age 33) and David (age 28). Daniel married Marina Javor in the summer of 2017 and they are expecting their first child in January, 2019. Contact Rabbi Rosove