Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley

Where Ruach Comes Alive!

3400 North Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224
Phone: (480) 897-3636 | Email: info@tbsev.org

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Meet our Rabbi

Rabbi Kenneth LeitnerRabbi Kenneth R. Leitner is a native Californian who has served congregations in NY, CT, PA, CA, and GA. Ordained as a rabbi in 1976, he completed his post ordination doctoral work in the Talmud department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

In addition to his calling as a congregational rabbi, he served for a decade as the senior Jewish chaplain for the Dept. of Mental Health in the state of Connecticut. In addition, Rabbi Leitner has served on the faculty of the Institute for Jewish-Christian relations at Muhlenberg College in PA; taught at the College and Seminary of the Holy Apostles in CT; and served as both a faculty member and board member of the Lehrhaus Judaica at Stanford University.

He is a noted educator, and has been involved with the founding of two Jewish Day Schools and a Community Jewish Supplementary High School. The senior class of the high school honored him with an award ‘as teacher of the year’ for excellence in classroom teaching.

Rabbi Leitner is the proud father of David (Hilah and grandson Yair, age 28 months) and Adina (Ricky and granddaughter Emmeline, age 4 months)