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Rabbi Ron Li-Paz

Rabbi Ron Li-Paz is the Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue. He received ordination at the Academy for Jewish Religions, Los Angeles. He has been on the pulpit at Valley Outreach Synagogue since 1996, having served as Cantor for a decade prior to becoming the community's Rabbi. 

Prior to synagogue leadership, Rabbi Li-Paz served in the United States Air Force. He subsequently completed a bachelor’s degree at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before working in theater, television and international broadcasting for the BBC. Rabbi Li-Paz went on to work as a management consultant for Cap-Gemini Sogetti, developing and implementing communications strategies for clients throughout Europe. Today, in addition to spiritual leadership, he lectures and teaches on subjects of leadership, communications, and change management for organizations such as the UCLA-Anderson School, the UCLA Management Development Institute in East Africa, as well as Los Angeles based companies and non-profit organizations.

Rabbi Li-Paz preceded his cantorial career with a successful decade as a leading guest artist in opera and concerts. He sang as a soloist in major roles in eleven countries and in some of the world’s greatest theaters including the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Councertgebouw in Amsterdam and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In 2011, he was invited to sing the anthems of the United States and Israel in Washington DC before President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu, most members of Congress and an audience of more than ten thousand people.

Rabbi Li-Paz is on the LAPD Steering Community for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He is on the Board of the Center for Interreligious Understanding ( He is the Jewish representative on  the Los Angeles Interfaith Council. In May 2019, Rabbi Li-Paz was a member of the US delegation to the United Nations International Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan. Also in May 2019, Rabbi Li-Paz was honored as a special guest of Pope Francis at the Vatican as well as His All Holiness the Patriarch Bartholomew in his residence in Istanbul.

Rabbi Li-Paz shares the pulpit with his father, Cantor Michael Li-Paz, and his wife, Bronwen Li-Paz. When he is not preaching, singing or teaching, he is most likely scuba diving, hiking horseback riding or cultivating his garden surrounded by a host of sweet hens and a giant African tortoise.

Rabbi Li-Paz is a contributing writer for the Ventura County Star, the Jewish Journal and The Pacific Coast Business Times.

Rabbi Ron Li-Paz        818-879-8087 or 818-882-4867

Chaplain Jennifer Eaves Nye

Rabbi Sara Abrams

Associate Spiritual Leader and Chaplain

Rabbi Abrams joins VOS most recently from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where she completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and served as the rabbi for the hospital and as an interfaith staff chaplain.  She received her ordination from Hebrew Union College - Institute of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles.  She has worked as a congregational rabbi  in both Chico, CA  and Westchester, NY.  In addition to her ordination, Rabbi Abrams holds a Master's in Religious Studies from University of Colorado in Boulder and a Master's in Education from Hunter College in New York.  In every place she has served, she has shared her passions for spirituality and pastoral care.  Rabbi Abrams has written her own prayers, poetry, and music - all with the purpose of uplifting the spirit and elevating the soul.  She is deeply committed to a philosophy that transcends man-made boundaries and spreads the message of achdut (unity) and chesed (loving-kindness).      818-882-4867

Rabbi Emeritus Richard Schachet, z"l

Rabbi Emeritus Jerry Fisher


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