John L. Rosove is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel of Hollywood. A native of Los Angeles, he earned a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley (1972), a Masters in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, LA (1976), Rabbinic Ordination from HUC-JIR, NY (1979), and a Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR, LA (2004).His mission has been to build Jewish community and draw Jews and their families closer to God, the Torah, Jewish tradition, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel as a Jewish national home. He regards social justice work and high ethical practices as essential core Jewish religious values.
He is a progressive Reform Zionist and the co-chair of the Rabbinic and Cantorial Cabinet of J Street. Rabbi Rosove is the immediate past national chair or ARZA, The Association of Reform Zionists of America.
He 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.
Rabbi Rosove formed twin synagogue relationships between Temple Israel of Hollywood and Kehillat Mevasseret Zion, Israel, and with Kehilat Kodesh v’Chol in Holon, Israel, as well as with the Progressive Synagogues in Kiev and Kharkov, Ukraine.
Rabbi Rosove is the author of Why Judaism Matters – Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to His Children and the Millennial Generation (Nashville: Jewish Lights, 2017) and Why Israel [and its Future] Matters – Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children and the Millennial Generation (New Jersery: Ben Yehuda Press, November 2019).