Rabbi Ken Chasen

Kenneth Chasen is Senior Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Chasen is an outspoken commentator and author 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 and environmental sustainability, he has assumed a prominent role in promoting Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, having met with such dignitaries as past Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and former Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.  He created and led a groundbreaking rabbinic mission to Jerusalem and Ramallah in 2011; the group met with key officials and 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 national and international publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Variety, Reform Judaism 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, and he is a nationally recognized composer whose original liturgical and educational works are regularly heard in synagogues, religious schools, Jewish camps and sanctuaries across North America and in Israel.

Rabbi Chasen is married to Allison Lee, Executive Director, Southern California of American Jewish World Service.  Together, they share the joys and challenges of raising three children, Micah, Benjamin, and Eliana.