Los Angeles, CA
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 Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, 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 the immediate past co-chair of the Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet of J Street. Rabbi Rosove is currently the national chair or ARZA, The Association of Reform Zionists of America, and as has a seat on the Board of the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Zionist Movement, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the international Reform Zionist Organization ARZENU. He serves on the advisory committee of the Daniel Center of Tel Aviv, and the American Friends of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism, and is a Vice-President of Women of the Wall.
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.
Rabbi Rosove formed twin synagogue relationships between Temple Israel of Hollywood and Kehillat Mevasseret Zion, Israel, and with Congregation Darchei Noam in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, as well as with the Progressive Synagogues in Kiev and Kharkov, Ukraine.