In addition to serving as a Rabbi on our clergy team, Rabbi Bruce Raff was the Director of Education at Temple Judea from 1986 to 2021, save one brief hiatus from 2012 - 2017. Rabbi Raff loves Judaism and loves making Judaism accessible and family friendly, and he brings this love to everything he does at Temple Judea as our Executive Director.
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, two daughters-in-law, Jordan and Julie, and two grandchildren, Morgan and Parker. 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 and Parker are students at our ECC and Parenting Center.
Rabbi Bruce Raff loves Temple Judea and its people, and is delighted to be sharing the richness of Jewish life with our members in his role as Executive Director.