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RABBI STEVEN Z. LEDER 

After receiving his degree in writing and graduating Cum Laude from Northwestern University, and time studying at Trinity College, Oxford University, Rabbi Leder received a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters in 1986 and Rabbinical Ordination in 1987 from Hebrew Union College.  He currently serves as the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a large and prestigious synagogue in Los Angeles with three campuses and 2,400 families. 

In addition to his many duties at Wilshire Boulevard Temple Rabbi Leder taught Homiletics for 13 years at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.  He has been quoted in Time magazine, published essays in Reform Judaism, the Los Angeles Times, Beliefnet.com, and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal where his Torah commentaries were read weekly by over 50,000 people.  His sermon on capital punishment was included in an award winning episode of The West Wing.  He received the Louis Rappaport Award for Excellence in Commentary by the American Jewish Press Association and the Kovler Award from the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. for his work in African American/Jewish dialogue.  He is a fellow in the British American Project and in 2012 presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Rabbi Leder’s first book, The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, enjoyed two weeks on the Amazon.com Number One Best Seller list for Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and brought him national acclaim.  In the New York Times, William Safire called Rabbi Leder’s first book “uplifting.”  Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein said he “is everything we search for in a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny, and non-judgmental, he offers remarkably healing guidance…. he finds the true fabric of our spiritual lives.” 

Rabbi Leder’s second book entitled More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul received remarkable critical and media attention including feature articles in the New York Times, Town and Country, major newspapers across the country, as well as two appearances on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, NPR, The CBS Early Show, Dennis Miller, The Tavis Smiley Show, Cavuto and Friends, Scarborough Country, Fox Family and Friends, ABC Overnight and more.     

Rabbi Leder contributed a chapter to Charles Barkley’s book Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man?  In it Rabbi Leder discussed the connections between economics, religion and racism.  He is now at work on his third book about the blessings of pain, tentatively titled Weeds Bring Yellow Birds. 

Rabbi Leder is currently leading a 200 million dollar campaign to renovate the congregation’s historic sanctuary and expand its urban campus to encompass an entire city block. 

Newsweek Magazine named him one of the ten most influential rabbis in America but to him what is most important is that he’s Betsy’s husband and Aaron and Hannah’s dad.  He is also a Jew who likes to fish.  Go figure.