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Rabbi Jonathan Aaron
Rabbi Jonathan Aaron, our Senior Rabbi, is a Jewish educator and performing artist with a passion for Jewish music, culture, and text.
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Emerson College, and Master’s Degrees in both Jewish Education, and Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College, he was ordained as a Rabbi in 1996. Rabbi Aaron has served Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills for over 20 years, in many roles including Director of Education, and Head of Temple Emanuel Academy Day School and Associate Rabbi.
Rabbi Aaron writes much of the the liturgical music that we use in our services, especially in our signature service, The Roven Family Shabbat Unplugged. He writes contemporary prayer experiences, including services of Healing, Selichot, and Shabbat, as well as a full length intergenerational musical, Hyrcanus. Rabbi Aaron is a masterful storyteller, bringing folk tales and biblical stories to life as he delights children and adults alike. Purim Shpiels combine theater, music and storytelling in wonderfully compelling multi-generational interactive performances.
Rabbi Aaron serves the broader community as Chaplain for the Beverly Hills Police Department, and is on the Board of Directors at The Maple Counseling Center. He also regularly teaches at Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion.
Rabbi Sarah Bassin
Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Associate Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, is a pluralist at her core, believing that we always have something to learn from those who are different than us – whether religiously, culturally, politically, or even Jewishly. With this passion to engage difference, Rabbi Bassin has reinvigorated Emanuel’s young professionals community and work in social justice.
Prior to joining Temple Emanuel, Rabbi Bassin served as the inaugural executive director at NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Under her leadership, NewGround was named one of the 50 most innovative and inspiring organizations in the Jewish community by Slingshot magazine, and its interfaith teen program was recognized by Governor Jerry Brown as California’s faith-based organization of the year in 2013. She is an alumna of the prestigious Joshua Venture Fellowship for Jewish entrepreneurs. Rabbi Bassin graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Religion and History from Lafayette College. In addition to rabbinic ordination, she received a certificate in Jewish non-profit management at Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Bassin currently serves on the board of Upstart, NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. She is proud to teach in the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College.
Cantor Lizzie Weiss
Cantor Lizzie Weiss uses the power of music to engage congregants and support them in making spiritual connections. Music is her medium for teaching Torah. She celebrates the significance of nostalgic traditional music alongside relevant contemporary melodies.
With training in Clinical Pastoral Education, she values time spent with congregants in the hospital, in mourning, and celebrating simchas. From officiating life cycle events, to nurturing young singers, to experiencing milestones with people of all ages, her life at Temple Emanuel is filled with learning, music, and community engagement.
Cantor Weiss grew up at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and was always involved in all things music. From intergenerational productions at the Emanuel Arts Center, to Junior Cantors, to the High Holy Day Professional Choir, Cantor Weiss developed her Jewish identity with her experiences in Jewish living at Temple Emanuel, Camp Swig/Newman and all under the wing of her Uncle Rabbi Kenneth J. Weiss, and her brother Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss.
After graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in drama, Cantor Weiss moved to New York and was cast in the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s High School Musical. After a few years on the road, Cantor Weiss landed back in Los Angeles, and entered cantorial school at the Academy for Jewish Religion, under the mentorship of Cantor Nathan Lam and Cantor Perryne Anker. Cantor Weiss received her cantorial ordination in May 2015.
When not on the Temple Emanuel bima, Cantor Weiss can be found singing in Jewish and secular concerts, alike, throughout Los Angeles.
Rabbi Adam Lutz
Rabbi Adam Lutz, born and raised in Los Angeles, has a deep love of Jewish education, instilled in him by his mother, a teacher for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and his father, a Rabbi.
Before attending Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Lutz attended University of California, San Diego where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation from UCSD, he worked for the United States Navy and received his Master’s in Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles.
Adam attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and has taught students of every age and co-led Jewish teen trips across the United States. He was awarded two prestigious fellowships: the Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Fellowship and the Be Wise Fellowship for Jewish Entrepreneurial Endeavors. Adam developed the technical infrastructure for ProjectZug, an online educational platform and launched KabbalatTorah, an online community of Jewish practice and learning.
Adam and his wife, Emma, a cantor at Stephen Wise Temple, are thrilled to be a part of the Temple Emanuel community. Adam is eager to meet all of the wonderful members of Temple Emanuel and to partner with them to create the best Jewish educational program in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Laura Geller
As one of the very first women rabbis, Rabbi Geller transformed Jewish life by bringing women out of the private sphere and into the very center of religious and communal life. Twice named one of Newsweek’s 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America, Rabbi Geller’s spirituality is infused with a focus on social justice. She has raised our consciousness through her leadership on an array of social issues both locally (notably in the areas of violence against women, Muslim-Jewish dialogue, and gun violence) and internationally (Women of the Wall in Israel).
As Rabbi Emerita, she is pioneering initiatives that strive to empower the Baby Boomer generation and beyond. She is a founder of ChaiVilliageLA, the first faith-based Village of older adults seeking to find meaning, insight, resources and support as they age in place. Through these efforts, in combination with a book she is co-authoring with her husband, Richard Siegel, Getting Good at Getting Older: A Jewish Catalog for a New Age, we are finding value in the intergenerational connections of our community and ways of celebrating the divinity present in all stages of our lives.