Jewish Journal


May 13, 2012




Rabbi Mark Diamond is Executive Vice President of The Board of Rabbis of Southern California.  In that position, he directs a multi-denominational organization of 330 rabbis, and serves on the senior management team of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.  As the Board’s senior professional, Rabbi Diamond has developed innovative programs of continuing education, social justice, healing and spirituality for colleagues and the community.  The rabbi is quoted frequently in local and national media and is the host and executive producer of One Community, a weekly television show on Jewish Life Television Network. 

Rabbi Diamond is a leader in collaborative interfaith projects and serves as president of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders.  He headed an interreligious delegation of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders on a January 2008 mission to the Vatican and Israel, highlighted by an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.  Later that year Rabbi Diamond created the Jewish Federation’s Interreligious Action Center to promote Israel education and awareness in non-Jewish faith communities. 

Rabbi Diamond received his Master of Arts degree in Jewish studies, rabbinical ordination and Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.  The rabbi is a Magna cum Laude graduate of Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.  Rabbi Diamond also studied in the Rabbinic Management Program of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he is a senior rabbinic fellow.  He is married to Lois and the father of Adina, Ariella and Jeremy.

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