Friday, April 19, 2019

Rabbi Ron Li-Paz

Rabbi Ron Li-Paz is the Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue. He was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religions, California, in June of 2013. He has been on the pulpit at Valley Outreach Synagogue since 1996, having served as Cantor and shared the spiritual leadership of the community with Rabbi Jerry Fisher for a decade. Rabbi Li-Paz unites the ancient Jewish love of ideas with the beauty of Jewish music. Rabbi Li-Paz and his wife, Bronwen, are the co-founders of the JEWELS Education and Ani v’Atah Teen Empowerment Programs at VOS.

Prior to synagogue leadership, Rabbi Li-Paz served in the United States Air Force at RAF Alconbury, in Huntingdon, England. He subsequently completed a Bachelors Degree at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, before working in theater, international broadcasting for the BBC, and management consultancy. Rabbi Li-Paz worked throughout Europe, helping to create communications strategies for large international corporations. Today, in addition to spiritual leadership, he lectures and gives motivational speeches in the areas of leadership, communications, and change management for organizations such as the UCLA-Anderson Management Development Institute in Africa as well as Los Angeles based companies. Rabbi Li-Paz is a guest lecturer for various organizations including the Jewish Federation and several companies.

Rabbi Li-Paz preceded his seventeen year cantorial career with a successful decade as a leading guest artist in opera and concerts. He sang as a soloist in major roles in eleven countries and in some of the world’s greatest cities and theaters. In Los Angeles, he sang in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Universal Amphitheater. In 2011, he was invited by AIPAC to sing the anthems of the United States and Israel in Washington DC, before presidents, prime ministers, most members of Congress and an audience of more than ten thousand people.

Rabbi Ron Li-Paz is a member in good standing of the Los Angeles Board of Rabbis, the MAJR Alumni Association of the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA, and the Sandra Caplan Community Beit Din. He is on the AIPAC National Council. His masters degree thesis was entitled Synagogue Transformation: Achieving Excellence Through Spiritual Direction and Change Management.

Rabbi Li-Paz’s wife, Bronwen, teaches dance to children and she produces and directs theater for children and adults. In 2017, she relaunched VOS Players with a production of Oliver! in the new VOS Center for Jewish Life. Rabbi & Bronwen Li-Paz are blessed with wonderful children, Jonah and Hannah.

When Rabbi Li-Paz is not serving the Valley Outreach Synagogue community, he is most likely at the gym, on a tennis court, hiking, horse riding in Malibu Creek State Park or cultivating his garden surrounded by a host of farm animals.