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Joshua M. Aaronson

Rabbi

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Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson was born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia, PA. He attended the University of Michigan and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he also received his Doctor of Divinity. 

Rabbi Aaronson became Temple Judea’s Senior Rabbi in July 2013. Before moving to Los Angeles, Rabbi Aaronson served as the first rabbi of Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah, as the Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion of Buffalo, as the Associate Rabbi and then the acting Senior Rabbi of Fairmount Temple of Cleveland, and as Rabbi of Temple David in Perth, Australia.

Recognized for his love of Torah and his easy ability to teach Torah, Talmud, and Mishnah, he is equally known for his dry wit, his love of music, and his passion for all his beloved Philly sports teams.  

As the first Rabbi at Temple Har Shalom, Rabbi Aaronson supervised enormous growth, working to grow membership from about 100 households to over 300. He created such notable programs as Ski Shul at Deer Valley (the only ski-in/ski-out Shabbat worship service in the world) and a partnership with the Sundance Film Festival that included “Shabbat at Sundance” as well as special programming to highlight the Israeli filmmakers with films in the festival.

Rabbi Aaronson has served on numerous boards and civic and academic organizations including the People's Health Clinic, the Summit County Sheriff's Advisory Board, the Westminster College Hillel Advisory Board, and as a Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Aaronson and his wife Debbie, a pharmaceutical sales executive, have three children, Hanna, Harry, and Emma, and a very big and affectionate Neapolitan Mastiff, Sadie.

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Alison Wissot

Rabbi Cantor

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Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot is best known for her joyful spirit, her soulful singing, and her passion for Jewish learning. As one of a handful of people in the nation who have been jointly ordained as Rabbi and invested as Cantor, she is dedicated to revitalizing worship and integrating the ancient sounds of Jewish tradition with contemporary music.  With a rich and varied background in both Judaism and theatre, she brings life and a unique energy to all of Temple Judea’s programs.  Alison's deepest mission is as a teacher, and as such she strives to make the beauty and joy of Jewish text and liturgy accessible to all.

Rabbi Cantor Wissot received a BA from Wesleyan University and a Certificate in Theatre Arts from the British American Drama Academy. She received a Masters of Sacred Music and a Masters of Hebrew letters, as well as her double ordination, from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

She has served on the Board of Directors of Stand With Us and is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors, the Cantors Assembly, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Prior to joining the Temple Judea clergy team, Rabbi Cantor Wissot was cantor at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles and the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue in New York, was the rabbinic intern at Kehillat Israel in the Pacific Palisades, and led High Holy Day services as cantor in Singapore. Prior to her cantorial career, she worked as an actress in New York and London, and was awarded a Spielberg Fellowship to teach Jewish theatre at the Reform Movement's flagship camp, Camp Kutz. Rabbi Cantor Wissot is a native of the San Fernando Valley.  She resides in Porter Ranch with her husband, Michael, their sons, Jacob & Daniel, and their daughter Abby.

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Bruce Raff

Director of Education

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In addition to serving as a Rabbi on our clergy team, Rabbi Bruce Raff has been the Director of Education at Temple Judea since 1986, save one brief hiatus from 2012 - 2017.  Rabbi Raff loves kids, loves Judaism and loves making Judaism accessible and family friendly, and he brings these three loves to everything he does at Temple Judea, striving to make our religious school meaningful, memorable, engaging, and fun.  

Rabbi Raff began his career as a public school teacher, and after a short stint with LAUSD, he became a full time Jewish educator. He is known as an innovator in the field of Jewish education, and has been at the forefront of introducing new models of education that have spread across the Jewish landscape.

In addition to his teaching and his extensive work as a school administrator, Rabbi Raff has mentored over 100 Jewish educators and rabbis as a member of the Clinical Faculty of Hebrew Union College.  He holds Master’s Degrees in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism (Now American Jewish University) and in Jewish Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained as a rabbi in 2001.

Rabbi Raff lives in Woodland Hills with his wife Tamar, the Principal of Valley Beth Shalom Day school.  They have two sons, Rami and Micah, a daughter-in-law Jordan,  a grandson Morgan, and will soon be welcoming another daughter-in-law to the family, Julie.  The Raff family has a long history at Temple Judea, as Tamar grew up here - you can even find her in one of the Confirmation class pictures!  Both Rami and Micah started school in our ECC, both taught Religious School here and both view Temple Judea as their other Jewish home. Now, there is a 3rd generation continuing the tradition, as Morgan is a student at our ECC.

Rabbi Raff loves Temple Judea and its people, and is delighted to be sharing the richness of Jewish life with his students and their families.

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Eric D. Rosenstein

Rabbi

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As the newest member of our clergy team, Assistant Rabbi Eric Rosenstein is committed to using the power of Jewish tradition, history, and culture to inspire and guide our daily lives.  Rabbi Rosenstein is a graduate of the Rabbinical School and the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.  During his training, Rabbi Rosenstein interned at a number of local congregations, including Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Leo Baeck Temple, and Temple Ner Ami in Camarillo, California. He also served as a chaplain intern at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and has served as an educator, song leader, and cantorial soloist across Los Angeles. Rabbi Rosenstein is a contributing co-author to the book The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices in Liberal Zionism (CCAR Press, 2017). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Carly, and two children, Lilah and Gabriel.

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Yonah Kliger

Cantor

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Cantor Yonah Kliger is dedicated to creating a bridge between the ancient sounds of Jewish tradition and contemporary music.  Yonah brings his vibrant, energetic and joyful spirit to the bimah and beyond, infusing his passion for prayer with his love of music, performing, and more importantly, bringing people together through music and song.  With an extensive theater background prior to entering the Cantorate, he’s as comfortable singing Brigadoon as Barchu.  A gifted teacher, he has captured the enthusiasm of young and old alike.   

Prior to being appointed as cantor at Temple Judea, Cantor Kliger served for 19 years as the cantor of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. He has co-created innovative and ground breaking Shabbat Service experiences which have inspired many other synagogues nationwide and he has recorded two albums of contemporary liturgical music, Shabbat Unplugged and Emanuel.  His passions extend far beyond the bimah, with a focus on engaging our Jewish youth as well as illuminating Judaism through the arts.

Yonah has served on faculty of URJ’s 6 Points Sports Academy, a Reform Jewish Summer camp for elite Jewish athletes.  As a huge fan of L.A sports teams, Kliger has proudly represented the Jewish community by singing the National Anthem at Dodgers Stadium, Staples Center and StubHub Center.

Originally from New York City, but raised in L.A.  Yonah is practically a native Angelino, having attended Beverly Hills High School and UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in English Literature and a special focus in American Studies/Film and TV. The son of a violinist and a French teacher, he  bred to believe that “you can’t take the New York out of the kid!” He currently resides in W. L.A. with his wife, Sydnie  and two children.

Cantor Kliger received his commission as Hazzan-Minister from the Cantors Assembly and proudly serves on the National Executive Council of the Cantors Assembly.

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Donald Goor

Rabbi Emeritus

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Rabbi Donald Goor, Temple Judea’s Rabbi Emeritus, grew up in San Diego, California, as the son of a rabbi. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1987, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Rabbi Goor then joined Temple Judea, where he reinvigorated worship services with new approaches that have brought Jewish traditions to life and have drawn people of all ages to pray and celebrate community together.

During his tenure as Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Goor demonstrated his determination to strengthen the synagogue in two further areas: as a Learning Community and as a Caring Community. For many years, he served on the faculty of Hebrew Union College, in Los Angeles, where he taught second and fifth year rabbinic students, addressing topics that relate to the practical aspects of being in the clergy.

Rabbi Goor continued his own studies at the Hartman Institute as a fellow in the Center for Rabbinic Enrichment Program. He co-founded the HOPE Network and the Valley Interfaith Council’s Homeless Project. He chaired the "Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance's Jewish Community Relations Council," and co-chaired the Jewish Federation's "Cults and Missionaries Commission." Rabbi Goor also served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

After serving Temple Judea for 26 years, Rabbi Goor now lives in Jerusalem, having made aliyah in June 2013. He is working part time for ARZA World Travel, the Reform Movement’s travel department, planning trips to Israel for rabbis and synagogues. Rabbi Goor is married to Cantor Evan Kent, his life partner of over 20 years.