Board of Rabbis of Southern California Installs New President for 2011-13


Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2011) - Rabbi Judith HaLevy, Senior Rabbi of Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, was installed as the 36th President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, a membership organization of over 330 rabbis from across the denominational spectrum, and part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Rabbi HaLevy succeeds immediate outgoing president Rabbi Denise L. Eger, founding rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Kol Ami of West Hollywood, and thus will be the second woman to be president of the 74-year-old organization. "The Board of Rabbis plays an integral role in the work of The Jewish Federation," said Jay Sanderson, President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, who offered remarks during the program. "We look forward to Rabbi Judith HaLevy's inspired leadership as the Board of Rabbis continues to connect our community's Rabbis and synagogues closer to our work in caring for Jews in need, engaging in our broader community and most importantly, ensuring our Jewish future for our children and grandchildren." As part of the bi-annual Installation Gala, held on the campus of Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, special presentations were made to the Board of Rabbis Outgoing President, Rabbi Denise L. Eger, as well as to the Hon. Jacob Dayan, the outgoing Counsel General of Israel for the Southwest U.S. Along with remarks and contributions from the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue community and the leadership of the Board of Rabbis, and recognitions from civic leaders, Richard Sandler, Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Federation, read the Prayer for Our Country and Cantor Marcelo Gindlin provided the joyful music.

In addition to Rabbi HaLevy, the Board of Rabbis also installed its new slate of officers and executive committee members for 2011-13. In the spirit of the Board's transdenominational philosophy, the twenty members of the leadership include Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform and unaffiliated rabbis. "I have been privileged to learn, pray and work together with my cherished friend and colleague Rabbi Judith HaLevy for more than a decade," said Rabbi Mark S. Diamond, Executive Vice President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. "She brings a beautiful soul and profound spiritual gifts to her rabbinate. I am confident that under Rabbi HaLevy's leadership, the Board of Rabbis of the Jewish Federation will strengthen and deepen its partnerships with our rabbis, synagogues and community."

Rabbi HaLevy's Address

Rabbi Diamond's Remarks on Rabbi HaLevy's Installation

Rabbi Glazer's Devar Torah

Rabbi Diamond's Presentation to Rabbi Eger


About the Board of Rabbis of Southern California
Part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, The Board of Rabbis of Southern California promotes and enriches Jewish life in Southern California by sponsoring programs of Professional Growth and Development, Kehillah and Talmud Torah (community and learning), Tikkun Olam (social justice), Healing and Spirituality, Interreligious Engagement, and Israel Advocacy.

About The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Based on Jewish values, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles convenes and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with our local, national, and international partners. For more information, visit www.JewishLA.org.