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Martin Weiner Memorial Lecture with Rabbi John Rosove + Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, May 20, 2022 19 Iyar 5782

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Kabbalat Shabbat: 6 pm; Dinner: 7:30; Lecture: 8 pm

During Kabbalat Shabbat services (6 pm) Rabbi Rosove will offer a tribute to Rabbi Marty Weiner, z''l, who was a mentor and dear friend for 40 years.

During the dinner, the general theme for Rabbi Rosove's talk is "Why Israel Matters." He will speak personally to the questions, doubts, struggles, and need for liberal and progressive American Jews of all ages (especially our young people) to understand our relationship with the State of Israel as a democratic and Jewish State and as an occupying power, and why our relationship with Israel is so important for our American Jewish future and for the future of the Jewish people. Israel is, in Rabbi Rosove's view, the greatest accomplishment of the Jewish people in 2000 years, and he will attempt to explain why.

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Rabbi John L. Rosove is Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel of Hollywood in Los Angeles, a national co-Chair of the Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet of J Street, and past National Chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA).

John is the author of two books - Why Judaism Matters – Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation with an Afterword by Daniel and David Rosove (Nashville: Jewish Lights Publishing, a division of Turner Publishing Company, 2017) available at Why Israel [and its Future] Matters - Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation with an Afterword by Daniel and David Rosove  (New Jersey: Ben Yehuda Press, 2019) available at

John translated and edited the Hebrew biography of his Great-Granduncle entitled Avraham Shapira - Veteran of the Haganah and Hebrew Guard by Getzel Kressel with an Introduction by Prime Minister Moshe Sharet (publ. by the Municipality of Petach Tikvah, 1955). The translation was privately published in May 2021, and the poetry, letters, and the writings of Shapira’s Grand-nephew in Michael Shapira – In the Prime of His Days with an Introduction by Professor Yosef Yoel Rivlin (Yitzchak-Tzvi and Devorah Shapira: Jerusalem, 1953), privately published by John in March 2022.

He is a co-editor of Deepening the Dialogue – Jewish Americans and Israelis Envisioning the Jewish-Democratic State (New York: CCAR Press, 2020 – in Hebrew and English).

John was the 2002 Recipient of the World Union for Progressive Judaism International Humanitarian Award and has received special commendation from the State of Israel Bonds. In 2013 he was honored by J Street at its Fifth Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles.

John writes a regular blog that appears at the Times of Israel and a personal blog. His Facebook site is

John is married to Barbara. They are the parents of two sons - Daniel and David. Daniel is married to Marina Rosove Javor. They have two grandchildren.

Registration includes dinner and lecture.




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