November 17, 2011
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 as a rabbi and Jewish leader 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 passionate progressive Reform Zionist, serves as a Vice President on the National Board of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) where he chairs its Program Committee and is a member of the Rabbinic Cabinet of J Street, a pro-Israel pro-peace political organization in Washington, D.C.
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.
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 and Big Sunday Day of Service, the largest single day of service in America putting 50,000 people to work in the greater Los Angeles area in close to 300 projects and co-sponsored by 250 synagogues, churches, schools, and non-profit groups. He has been an advocate for liturgical change and stronger adult Jewish 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. He has this year written a series of 8 Jewish Life Cycle Guides that soon will be posted on the TIOH web-site and printed as a gift for all synagogue members.
John and his wife, Barbara, an investment adviser at Crowell-Weedon, are the loving parents of two sons, Daniel (age 26) and David (age 21). Contact Rabbi Rosove at Rjohn@tioh.org.