Rabbi Ken Chasen

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.  In addition to his activism in support of immigrant rights, affordable housing, fair policing and sentencing, and environmental sustainability, he has assumed a prominent role in promoting Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, which has included his creation and leadership of a groundbreaking rabbinic mission to Jerusalem and Ramallah to meet with key ministers in the Netanyahu administration and the Palestinian National Authority, as well as influential business leaders on both sides of the Green Line.
Rabbi Chasen’s writings have appeared in a wide variety of books and numerous national and international publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Forward, Variety, Thrive Global, and The Jewish Journal, among many others.  Rabbi Chasen is also the co-author of two books which guide Jewish families in the creation of meaningful Jewish rituals in the home.  In addition, he serves on the adjunct faculty of the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, has recently chaired the board of T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, sits on the Executive Committee of Jews United for Democracy and Justice, was one of the founding rabbis for RAC-California, and is an internationally recognized composer whose original liturgical and educational works are regularly heard in synagogues, religious schools, Jewish camps and sanctuaries across North America, in Europe, and in Israel.
He is married to Allison Lee, the Managing Director of PEN America Los Angeles, and they are the proud parents of Micah, Ben and Eliana.