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“I want to bring Torah to Jewish families, affiliated and unaffiliated, so that they feel connected to Jewish life through our religion, culture, peoplehood and relationship with the State of Israel. My focus will be to teach Torah through paths of inreach and outreach by means of prayer, education, media and personal relationships. The community will grow to support these means as well as one another.”

- Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz 

Clergy

Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz  

Our congregants find a true partner in our Rabbi who provides a willing ear and an open heart.  Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz joined our congregation in 2015. Over the past three years, he has worked with the community to develop innovative children’s activities and adult programs, provide meaningful services, and re-establish a religious school, the Adat Shalom Jewish Education Center. 
Prior to the rabbinate, Rabbi Lebovitz enjoyed a 10-year career in the film industry as a writer, director, and producer.  Most notably, Rabbi Lebovitz wrote and directed the 2008 suspense-thriller “Tortured,” starring Laurence Fishburne, Cole Hauser and James Cromwell. 
Today, while serving as our rabbi, Rabbi Lebovitz continues to make films that explore the essence of Judaism.  He is the writer, director, and producer of two highly regarded documentaries: “Roadmap Genesis” and “Roadmap Jerusalem.”  “Roadmap Jerusalem” (2018) teaches about the connection between the Jewish People and Jerusalem, while “Roadmap Genesis” (2015) explores the meaning of Torah in society today and the powerful lessons of the Book of Genesis. 
While in Rabbinical School, Rabbi Lebovitz became a national board member of MERCAZ, the Zionist political arm of the Conservative Movement, and he is proud to have served as a delegate at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in 2015.  Currently, he also serves as a member of the Masorti Rabbinic Cabinet, which strengthens Conservative Masorti Judaism in the State of Israel.  Rabbi Lebovitz also serves as a volunteer Chaplain for the Santa Monica Police Department.
A grandchild of four survivors of the Holocaust, Rabbi Lebovitz was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Chicago. He was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University. He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. 
Please feel free to connect with Rabbi Lebovitz through the following platforms:

rabbilebovitz@adatshalomla.org

  

To hear Rabbi Lebovitz’s sermons, please subscribe to the Adat Shalom Youtube Channel.

Dale Schatz  

Dale Schatz brings music and meaning as our Shaliach Tzibor, congregational prayer leader.  Filling our cantorial needs on Friday Night, Shabbat morning, holidays and High Holidays, he offers inspiring instrumental accompaniment and humor. He brings energy and love of Judaism to the main sanctuary and the Tot Shabbat services as well.
Schatz has shared his musical talents to enhance prayer at a variety of Jewish communities in Los Angeles and Orange County.  He serves as repeating artist-in-residence at Congregation Bnai Israeli in Tustin; Temple Bat Yahm, Newport Beach; Kehillat Horim at Heritage Pointe in Mission Viejo; Temple Beth Emet, Anaheim; the Orange County Community Scholars Program; and with the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County.  Dale’s Klezmer and Pop band has performed at more Jewish weddings within the Conservative Jewish community than any other single ensemble in Southern California.

To hear Dale Schatz, please subscribe to the Adat Shalom Youtube Channel.

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