Rabbi Ira brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the rabbinate through positivity and humor, engaging people of all ages from children to seniors. He received his ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion-CA, and he is Co-Founder of Or Echad and HomeShul which was created with his wife Cantor Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld. Rabbi Ira has served as: Rabbi and Program Director of the Historic Hollywood Temple Beth El; Kol Bo (Rabbi and Cantor) for Temple Ner Shalom in San Luis Obispo; Rabbi and Religious School Director for Congregation Beth Shalom in Santa Clarita; and, Interim Rabbi and Adult Education Director at Temple Ramat Tzion in Northridge. In addition, he has worked as an educator at religious schools in synagogues throughout Southern California.
In his first career, Rabbi Ira worked a musician, playing drums, percussion, and guitar for weddings and B’nai Mitzvah, as well as secular and popular music. He then became a comedian and improv artist and performed in venues across the U.S. and Canada. Rabbi Ira has also worked as an actor where he performed on TV, stage, and film. He’s also been featured in national commercials.
Rabbi Ira’s well-rounded Jewish and performance experience give him the tools to encompass the best of what Judaism has to offer; a relevant form of Judaism meant to reach individuals, families, and communities in today’s world, while honoring heritage and traditions.
The most valuable message Rabbi Ira personifies is how to stay focused on all our blessings, while acknowledging the realities of suffering and injustice. Rabbi Ira facilitates a renewed sense of connection with your Judaism, yourself, your family, your community, and the world around you.
Rabbi Ira is beyond excited to serve as the rabbi of Temple Beth David of the San Gabriel Valley, as he strongly believes that TBD is the perfect fit for him; a community of wonderful people with an amazing history and a bright future.