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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 (CIUnow.org). 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.

https://jewishjournal.com/culture/religion/120790/
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https://jewishjournal.com/movers-shakers/300326/heschel-robohawks-gehry-honored/

Contact:
Rabbi Ron Li-Paz
rabbili-paz@vosla.org        818-879-8087 or 818-882-4867  facebook.com/ron.lipaz

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).

RabbiSaraAbrams@vosla.org      818-882-4867

Cantor Michael Li-Paz

Cantor Michael Li-Paz embarked on a musical theater vocal career in his homeland, Israel,
after serving eight years in the Israeli Air Force.

Encouragements and recommendations by world renowned conductors and opera stars to study and pursue his career in opera in the US brought Michael to this country in the early seventies. He received full scholarships to the most acclaimed musical institutions, the Juilliard School of Music at Lincoln Center and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.  

Michael had the greatest privilege to study with world famous opera stars including Giorgio Tozzi, Maria Callas, George London and Alexander Kipnis.

Michael Li-Paz won many prestigious awards that led him as “the first native Israeli Opera star” 
to perform on the stage of the New York City Opera in leading bass/baritone roles.  
He made his debut in 1973 as Dr. Bartolo in “Il Barbiere Di Siviglia”.  “He was the star of the show” wrote Ron Eyer in his review in the NY Daily News. The Israeli embassy in NY and the America Israel Cultural Foundation declared Michael LI-Paz as “our Israeli Ambassador in the Arts”.

Mr. Li-Paz was engaged with several major opera houses in leading roles and performed with numerous symphony orchestras in concerts throughout the United States and abroad and enjoyed success and overall critical acclaim. During his career, this versatile singing artist developed a reputation as a skilled concert and recital artist on the stages of civic and cultural institutions, in musicals, on radio and television.

“He has a good voice and knows how to use it intelligently.  He sings with remarkably clear diction -
I know that his English, Italian and German were superb. What was most noticeable about his performance was his acting ability. Li-Paz’s varied stances, subtle gestures and wide vocabulary of inflections enhanced everything he sang…”                                              James Wierzbicki, Cincinnati Post.

In 1975, after a family tragedy, Michael took his three children and moved West to Los Angeles where he performed many times at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center and was embraced by the local Jewish community. 

After a fundraising concert for Sinai Temple on Wilshire Blvd., Michael was asked to officiate as their High Holy Days cantor. He served Sinai Temple for several years. His mentor and teacher at Sinai was the esteemed cantor, composer and arranger, Carl Urstein. Urstein trained Michael and wrote select liturgical pieces specifically for him.

In subsequent years, Michael served as the Cantor for Temple Israel of Hollywood, and Temple for the Performing Arts. He also served alongside Rabbi Saul Rothstein for many years in High Holy Day services for the greater San Fernando Valley community. 

In 1996, Michael, his wife, Monica, and their children, Galia, Gil and Ron, joined Valley Outreach Synagogue, where he has sung and served as Cantor. It goes without saying that Cantor Li-Paz is inordinately proud to stand beside his son, Rabbi Ron Li-Paz, as his cantor at VOS. 

CantorLi-Paz@vosla.org   818-882-4867

Rabbi Emeritus Richard Schachet, z"l

Rabbi Emeritus Jerry Fisher

Contact:  rabjerr@gmail.com

Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782