Rabbi Leonard Gordon, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Rabbi Leonard Gordon serves, along with the Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit, as co-chair of Interfaith Partners for Peace. He has a BA degree in Jewish Studies from Columbia University, an MA in Religious Studies from Brown University, an MA and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and an M Phil from Columbia University in Religion. He also did two years of graduate study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has taught comparative religion and Humanities at Columbia University, Kenyon College, and the Ohio State University. He has taught courses in rabbinic literature, history, philosophy and liturgy at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.

He is currently completing a D Min degree in Interfaith Peace Studies at the Andover Newton Theological School. Rabbi Gordon’s work as a congregational rabbi includes service at the Germantown Jewish Centre in Philadelphia where he is now Rabbi Emeritus and, more recently, at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, MA. He serves on the boards of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and the International Jewish Committee for Interfaith Consultations (USCJ), and he has served on the board of the National Council of Synagogues. He is the immediate past chair of the Newton (MA) Interfaith Clergy Association. He has chaired the committees on Social Justice for both the Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative) and the USCJ. At the JCPA, he chairs the Taskforce on Muslim-Jewish relations. Previously, he served as the chair of Interfaith Relations. In that capacity he has travelled to Israel and Palestine with delegations of Evangelical thought leaders, Episcopalian and Muslim leaders, and with Interfaith Partners for Peace.

He is married to Professor Lori Lefkovitz, Director of Jewish Studies and the Humanities Center and Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies at Northeastern University (Boston). They have two adult daughters, Ronya and Samara, who both live in New York City.