Rabbi Susan Leider is a leading West Coast voice in the Jewish and multifaith community, bringing warmth, joy and connection to Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California and beyond. At Kol Shofar, she is the first woman to hold a senior rabbinic position at a Northern California Conservative congregation. She was also the first woman to serve as Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Am, a historic Conservative Los Angeles synagogue. She currently serves on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly and is a member of the Clergy Council of Roots, a unique network of Palestinians and Israelis who see each other as challenging the assumptions about each other, build trust and create a new discourse around conflict.
She has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Rabbis of Northern CA, and on the board of the Marin Interfaith Council, where she helped to found “Love Lives in Marin.” She has served on the board of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s largest network of local faith and community-based organizations, responding to seemingly intractable problems, and overcoming racial, religious and socio-economic divisions.
She has also served on the Placement Commission for the Conservative movement, helping colleagues across the nation find their congregational homes as pulpit rabbis. Her articles have appeared in the national adult education curriculum “Walking With,” Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles and The Jewish News of Northern California.
A gifted musician, Rabbi Leider reanimates liturgy by creating uplifting spiritual experience that are both inspiring and participatory. She is a part of the Clergy Leadership Program at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, leading virtual meditation sessions on monthly basis. As an educator, her experience ranges from an early childhood music specialty to teaching rabbinic texts to adults, to leading mediation for all ages. At the heart of her rabbinate, she believes that each person has a narrative to share and through sharing these stories, we connect more with each other.
She is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and lives in Sausalito. Together with her husband Jeff, they are parents to Jessie Leider, Sarah (Max Kardos), Talia Leider, and grandparents to Norah Sage Kardos.
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