Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz is thrilled to serve as the Rabbi of Adat Shalom in West Los Angeles.  Since Nolan’s arrival, Adat Shalom has presented innovative programming, has welcomed new members and has announced to once again reestablish a new religious school in the Fall of 2016.

Nolan was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic studies on May 16, 2016.  He began attending Ziegler in 2011 after a 10-year career in the film industry. 

Nolan decided to merge his two passions of Torah and film to make "Roadmap Genesis" - a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis remains relevant in society today. Interviews in the film range from Gov. Mike Huckabee to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the late Archbishop of Chicago Francis Cardinal George, and many, many more.  “Roadmap Genesis” was released in 2015 and is currently available through the website www.RoadmapGenesis.com and through iTunes.

A grandchild of four survivors of the Holocaust, Nolan was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Chicago.  He grew up at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park and attended Solomon Schechter Day School.  He traveled to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.  Nolan is married to his wife Blair, and they have three children.

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I am humbled and grateful that my sermon from the first day of Rosh Hashanah was published today on the Stand With Us website.

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Once there was a little boy who suspected that there was a monster in his closet.  Even after his parents assured him that there was not, he would hear strange sounds from behind his closet door.  His closet was dark...

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In the last two weeks or so, I have read a great deal of statements made by Jewish organizations and rabbis dealing with our immigration policy and the merits of compassion, protest and defiance.  I’ve seen Facebook...

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For the last two weeks, I have woken up each and every morning and checked Jerusalem Post with extreme reluctance and fear.  Fires have raged across the State of Israel, destroying everything in its wandering path....

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I was born and raised in Chicago — the Cubs were the sports team of my youth. Last week, I spent less than 24 hours in Cleveland for Game 7 of the World Series. It was an out-of-body experience.  I can remember my...

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This 2016 election cycle has revealed much beauty about the possibility of America, but it has also revealed much ugliness about America as well. I want everybody in this room to think of the racial tensions that have...

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There is a tension in Jewish Education and I think it stems from the dissonance between two well-known Rabbinic teachings – both from Pirkei Avot, the wisdom of our forefathers in the Mishnah.  On the one hand, the...

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This past week Jews across the world read and studied Parshat Korah in the Torah, which includes a story about a challenge to Moses’ leadership by his own cousin Korah.  It is profound and Shakespearean that the...

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Today marks the end of the eleven month period, in which my mother has said Kaddish (the prayer for mourners) for my Gramma Fay.  For eleven months my mother attended three prayer services daily and stood and publicly...

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It’s been twenty-five years since I attended Solomon Schechter Day School and climbed onto a bus with one of my parents for a field trip.  Six weeks ago, I boarded a bus as a Rabbinical Student with my Dad and we set...

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This past week marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Death Camp in Poland.  Personally, this past week I have watched documentary programs on TV, features on the national news and testimonials...

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This past week we celebrated Purim and I returned from the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.  Both events were tied through Prime Minister Netanyahu’s amazing speech before Congress.  AIPAC built to the speech...

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I am named for my grandfather Nathan Zelman, my mother’s father.  Although I never knew him, I feel in many ways I am very close to him.  I am his namesake – My Hebrew name is Natan and I carry it proudly. I believe I...

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This past week, I had the tremendous honor of traveling to Jerusalem and serving as a delegate for the Mercaz Party (the Zionist Organization of the Conservative Movement) at the 37th World Zionist Congress (WZC).  For...

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In just a few weeks, we will sit down around a Seder table and celebrate Passover.  We will recount the central narrative of the Jewish People -- our Exodus from Egypt.  In the story, we remember God parting the sea for...