Our Mission

Leo Baeck Temple, a Reform congregation, is a welcoming and inclusive community committed to searching for moral, spiritual and intellectual nourishment from one another and from the wellspring of our Jewish tradition and to sharing that nourishment with the world.  We build our congregational community upon the three pillars that are said in our tradition to sustain the world.

Al HaTorah
(On Torah) 

We seek to engage members of all ages in meaningful Jewish learning.  Our Jewish tradition acknowledges the unique sanctity, joy and peace that emerges from study, and our congregation cherishes the role that lifelong learning plays in deepening the bonds of community, emboldening the resolve to improve the world, and enriching the Jewish spirit.

Al HaAvodah
(On Worship)

We seek to celebrate together the joy, beauty, depth and mystery of life through communal prayer.  Our synagogue is a welcoming home to spiritual exploration for worshippers possessing a wide range of theological orientations and diverse conceptions of God.  We are bound together in the pursuit of holiness to be found in the blessings, melodies and rituals of our sacred heritage, shared during the week, on Shabbat and Festivals, and at the important passages of our life.

Al G’milut Chasadim
(On Acts of Loving Kindness) 

 We seek to embody Judaism’s deepest values in our lives and reflect them in the type of temple community we create.  Sustained by this warm, caring and open community, we work together to improve the quality of human existence and to heal our world by speaking out and by taking action where our religious tradition demands that we do so.  We embrace our Jewish obligation to one another and to the stranger – to those in our city and nation, to those in the land of Israel and to Jews of all lands, and to those in need throughout the world.

Our Leadership

Meet our clergy, staff, and board

Our Clergy

Rabbi Kenneth Chasen

Senior Rabbi

Ken Chasen is Senior Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles.  He is an outspoken commentator, author and advocate on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to Jewish life, with a special emphasis on social justice in the United States and in Israel... 

Rabbi Lisa Berney

Associate Rabbi
Director of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Lisa Berney is LBT’s Associate Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning.  Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Rabbi Berney received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Jewish and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis...

Rabbi Scott Goldberg

Assistant Rabbi 

Scott Goldberg is an exceptional young rabbi who is a perfect fit for Leo Baeck Temple. While his  accomplishments before becoming our intern is long and impressive, it is the broad recognition that Scott has received from our own congregants that sets him apart.

Cantor Sara Hass


The union between Cantor Hass and Leo Baeck Temple was bashert – destined to be. Cantor Hass grew up not far from LBT and even served one year as the music specialist in our Religious School back when she was finishing high school...

Our Staff

Abigail Goldberg Spiegel
Executive Director
Abigail Goldberg Spiegel has been Executive Director since the spring of 2004, having joined the Leo Baeck Temple staff, as Program Director, in September 2002.  She is responsible for the daily management of the temple’s operations and facilities.  She serves as an ex-officio member of the Temple Board and Executive Committee and she staffs various temple committees including the Membership Committee, Finance Committee, Budget Committee, Endowment Committee, Communications, and the House and Grounds Committee.  Abigail is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.  She is the Chair of the NATA Ethics Committee, having served as President of the National Association for Temple Administration (NATA), as a member of the NATA National Board, and asVice President of Professional Development among other things.  She is also a Past President of the Professional Association of Temple Administrators (PATA).  Married to Adam Spiegel, their family includes their four children, Sydney, Maxwell, Sascha, Harry, their ‘son-in-love’ Dan, and their grandsons Asher and Cobi.

Board of Trustees

Todd Bloomfield
Board President
Todd Bloomfield has been a proud member of Leo Baeck Temple since 2003.  He and his wife Tammy originally came to Leo Baeck Temple for the Early Childhood Center for their daughter, Samantha and their son, Robert.  The family quickly connected with the community and joined shortly after.
Todd and Tammy began their involvement in Leo Baeck Temple leadership when they became room parents together for both Samantha and Robert's religious school classes.  His next step in connecting at Leo Baeck Temple was volunteering in leadership of the annual Purim carnival.  One of Todd's favorite things to do at Leo Baeck Temple has been to serve as greeter for High Holy Day services.  He adds: "What could be better than to stand at the door and welcome so many friends coming to be together at temple."
2023-24 Board Officers
Immediate Past President
VP of Campus Preparedness
VP of Communications
VP of Development
VP of Engagement
VP of Finance
VP of People
Recording Secretary

Todd Bloomfield
Iris Weinmann
Larry Sterling
Scott Greenberg
Bea Richman
Stephanie Cohen
Robert Ades
Josh Strok
Felicia Lewinstein
Natasha Belson                                  
Lee Broekman                                    
Danielle Cohen
Susan Davidson
Sally Etcheto
Jesse Israel
Lisa Katz
Brandon Koretz
Marissa Lopez

Richard Marks
Toni Michaels
Malinda Muller
Jason Rapp
Tim Shaheen
Melissa Sohn
Alan Weil
Lewis Wilkenfeld
Shelley Zimmerman

Celebrate at LBT

LBT is our home for Jewish living, the place where our members – everyone from young children to retirees – truly encounter one another in study, prayer, and the pursuit of social justice.  Leo Baeck Temple is where our congregants want to be.  The design for our campus is grounded in two principles: community-building and integration with nature.  All across our sprawling campus, you will find informal gathering spaces, those that encourage more intimate in-the-round worship, and places to maximize the connection between indoors and out, providing ample natural light – all of which reinforce the temple’s deep communal identity.

History of Leo Baeck Temple

In 1948, a small group of families in Los Angeles dreamed about founding a temple that would become a part of the sweeping movement to establish Reform Judaism in Southern California.  It was a dream of a religious home, the simplicity and sincerity of which would reflect our faith.

With the leadership and guidance of Rabbi Alfred Wolf, Temple Beth Aaron was formed.  Soon after, members of this young congregation heard a legendary rabbi speak.  This rabbi had survived the Holocaust and risked his life as one of the most important leaders of German Jewry in its struggle to survive under Nazism.  He was a model of the human capacity to rise above the most degrading experiences.

This rabbi’s name was Leo Baeck.  So moved were they by his inspiration – our founders chose to rename the young congregation Leo Baeck Temple. Learn more about our early leadership—founding rabbi, Leonard I. Beerman z"l, Cantor William Sharlin z"l, Rabbi Sanford Ragins z"l, and past Presidents of the Leo Baeck Temple by clicking below.