Our Rabbi, David Baron, was born in New York and spent his childhood in Charleston, South Carolina where his younger brother, Irv (now a conservative rabbi in suburban Pittsburgh), was born. Our rabbi hails from a large rabbinical family tree going back over 200 years. Many of his cousins and uncles are rabbis and his lineage is detailed in the volume “The Book of Hasidic Rabbinical Dynasties of Poland.”
In Charleston, Rabbi Baron’s father served as Cantor and his mother was a Hebrew teacher for the small but historic (1734) southern Jewish community. Upon moving to East Meadow, New York, the rabbi attended Yeshiva d’Long Island, Hebrew Institute of Long Island, and went on to Hunter College then York College of the City, University of New York where he graduated with a double major in Hebrew Literature and Political Science. He completed his rabbinical studies and was ordained in Jerusalem, Israel by Rabbi Israel Grossman, the Au Bet Din (Chief Rabbinic Jurist) of the Jerusalem rabbinate. After his ordination he served conservative pulpits in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey and Miami, Florida before moving to Los Angeles.
As the Founding Rabbi of our Temple of the Arts in 1992, he developed the unique approach of “Religion through music, drama, art, dance, and film.”
Rabbi David Baron is the rabbi of the largest arts and entertainment industry temple in the United States, Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills which owns the 1900 seat art deco Saban Theatre. His services and inspirational sermons have been broadcast on national television and webcast internationally to US troops overseas. He authored the art and inspirational prayer book “Sacred Space,” and the evocative High Holy Day prayer book “Sacred Moments” featuring the biblical art of Marc Chagall. Rabbi Baron is the author of the ethics in business volume “Moses on Management; 50 Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Manager of All Time” (Simon & Schuster), and he is a widely sought after speaker on topics ranging from “Leadership and Legacy” to “The Successful Blending of Religion and Art”.
He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NBC, PBS, A&E, and has spoken to diverse groups ranging from Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization to the Young Leadership Convention of the United Jewish Communities. His frequent television appearances have featured interviews with leading personalities, artists, Nobel Laureates, and political leaders including Elie Wiesel, Abba Eban, Yakov Agam, the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Dr. Jonas Salk.
He chaired the global gathering honoring Righteous Holocaust Era Diplomats at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York in April 1999. As founder and president of the Committee for Righteous Deeds, he also chaired and co-produced the world premiere of the History Channel Documentary “Diplomats for the Damned,” which featured the heroism of Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz. As a noted television speaker he delivered weekly sermons, in Los Angeles, on the American Jewish Television Hour.
Rabbi Baron served on the Boards of the Jewish National Fund, Maple Counseling Center, American Jewish Congress, and numerous philanthropic organizations. He also served as the Chaplain of the Beverly Hills Police Department. He has consulted on numerous feature films dealing with Jewish subject matter including, “Mobsters”, “A Stranger Among Us”, “Cemetery Club.”, “Castaway” and “Along Came Polly”. He has also appeared on and consulted on a number of television programs including, “Days of Our Lives”, “Murphy Brown”, and “Home Front”, as well as “NYPD Blue”, “Uprising” and “Judas and Jesus,” and “The Drew Carey Show.”
Rabbi Baron pioneered the fusion of religion and the arts in his career in the Los Angeles pulpit. His religious leadership has touched the lives of thousands of people in greater Los Angeles. His creative services to capacity crowds have made Temple of the Arts the address for religion and the arts.