My Conversation with Rabbi Leonard Beerman

Shalom Rav


This past Sunday I had the great pleasure and honor to participate in a open conversation with Rabbi Leonard Beerman in “Progressive Politics from the Pulpit,” a program sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace – Los Angeles. As Rabbi Beerman has been one of my true rabbinical heroes for so many years, it was truly a thrill for me to share a podium with him as we shared our thoughts on the challenges facing congregational rabbis who engage in progressive social justice activism.

As a Los Angeles native myself, I’ve long known of Rabbi Beerman’s inspired work during the years he served as the Senior Rabbi of LA’s Leo Baeck Temple. He was the founding rabbi of Leo Baeck in 1949 and stayed there for the next 37 years until his retirement in 1986. During that time, he challenged his congregants – and the Jewish community at large –…

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  1. While one can only applaud the altruistic opinions and long life of service by rabbi beerman ,one could only be glad that more practical Jewish leaders appeared on the scene at Israel’s birth, for if it were left to the likes of beerman and Rosen…Israel would have never been…and if Israel acted as the good rabbis wished,Israel would be long gone

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