A Southern California native, Rabbi Leider received her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from the University of California at Irvine. At the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, she earned her Master of Rabbinic Studies degree in 2002 and rabbinic ordination in 2006. Since ordination, she has served as assistant rabbi and later as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. Prior to attending rabbinical school, she served as principal at the Pressman Academy Religious School and held other positions in Jewish education at the Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education, Temple EmanuEl in San Jose, Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, Camp Ramah of California, Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo and the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Greater San Jose.
Combining her love of Judaism and music, Rabbi Leider brings a welcoming presence to multi-generational and participatory services. Encouraging personal growth and connection between people with diverse backgrounds and religious commitments is a hallmark of her rabbinate. By integrating traditional texts with modern sources, she helps Jews to find meaning in their own spiritual journey. At the heart of her rabbinate is the belief that each person has a narrative to share with the community and it is through sharing these stories that we build stronger connections with each other.
Rabbi Leider has taught in community-wide learning programs for those interested in conversion to Judaism. In the broader community, she brings her passion to congregation-based community organizing, building power for sustainable social and economic change through interfaith efforts. Her articles have appeared in Conservative Judaism and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. At the national level, she serves on the Joint Placement Committee for the Conservative Movement. At the Spertus Institute in Chicago, Rabbi Leider is a candidate for a Doctoral degree in Jewish Studies. She has been married to her husband, Jeff since 1990 and has three children: Jessie, Sarah and Talia.