Rabbi Barry Leff (Rav Barry) has been HNT’s interim senior rabbi since July, 2019.
After a 20-year career as an entrepreneur and business executive in Silicon Valley, Rav Barry felt a calling to become a rabbi and quit his job as VP-Marketing for a semiconductor company and went back to school. He was ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles in 2002. He is also the holder of a Doctorate in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, as well as an MBA and undergraduate degrees in psychology and liberal arts.
Rav Barry is especially interested in halacha (Jewish law) and business ethics. He has authored four teshuvot (Jewish legal opinions) that have been approved by the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards and has written and lectured on business ethics, including at the Rashi synagogue in Worms, Germany. He has completed the Talmud “Daf Yomi” (study of the entire Babylonian Talmud) and is interested in chasidut and kabbalah as vehicles for deepening spirituality.
After ordination Rabbi Leff worked as a congregational rabbi for five years, serving congregations in Vancouver, Canada, and Toledo, Ohio. He moved to Israel in 2007 with his then wife and the three youngest of his five daughters. He is on the board of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, and has served as chair of the board of Rabbis for Human Rights. He blogs at www.neshamah.net . This is Rav Barry’s second interim assignment: he served as interim rabbi for Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama, from 2016 to 2018.