The Board of Rabbis of Southern California produces and sponsors programs for its members and for the Jewish community at-large in the following areas.
Professional Development – We provide our members with opportunities to develop their skills as religious leaders, as heads of organizations, and as pastoral care givers through programs designed specifically for their needs as rabbis in the twenty-first century.
Social Justice – Our tradition exhorts us to pursue tikkun olam. Locally, nationally, and internationally, the Board of Rabbis seeks the well-being of all humanity through its leadership and involvement in programs and activities that seek to repair our world.
Healing & Spirituality – The Board of Rabbis actively engages in gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness) by supporting, developing or administering programs for Jews in need of physical and spiritual healing.
Talmud Torah for Colleagues – the Board provides ongoing opportunities for its members to advance their skills and interests through programs of professional growth and development.
Israel – The Board of Rabbis of Southern California supports the concerns of the Jewish community by providing opportunities to show public support for the State of Israel, sponsoring community-wide festivals and other events, and providing educational speakers and resources to non-Jewish communities.
Holiday Celebrations – For Rosh Hashanah, Hannukkah and Jewish Heritage Month, the Board of Rabbis convenes Federation leadership, rabbis and civic leaders to celebrate together at City Hall. The Hanukkah event is open to the public and includes a community-wide candle lighting celebration. The Jewish Heritage Month Celebration is open to the public as well and includes art and Jewish cultural expressions.
Interfaith Dialogue – The Board of Rabbis co-sponsores with the L.A. Archdiocese a Priest-Rabbi Dialogue. The group began in 1973, and meets monthly. Over the years, the group has produced a number of educational documents for synagogues and churches, and over the last ten years, it has produced a book-length manuscript designed primarily for clergy on the development of our two traditions in their texts, liturgy, moral guidance, and theologies. The group also examines the life cycle of each tradition and studies sacred texts together.