Rabbi Rosenberg has had, by any standards, an eclectic life. He began his career as a stage actor studying at New York’s famed School of Performing Arts (“Fame”) and then continued on to Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with a Fine Arts degree. He worked as a professional actor, director and teacher for 40 years – appearing in some of the most renown stage productions, Academy Award winning movies, and Emmy Award winning television shows.
He then had a spiritual awakening, causing him to begin his Jewish studies in earnest. The journey began at Temple Judea in Tarzana, California, where he first studied in Adult Education, later becoming Head of Adult Education and a member of the Board of Trustees. He attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where he became a Para Rabbinic Fellow and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles where he completed the Yesod program. Ultimately, after studying and teaching around Los Angeles in Kochav, at Jewish Vocational Services, leading Torah Study at the West Valley JCC and leading High Holy Day services at Vista Del Mar in Culver City, he finalized his training and was ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in New York as a student of Rabbi Joseph Gelberman.
Since being ordained he led services at Kol Tikvah Temple and the Synagogue for the Performing Arts. And since 2005 he has been the Rabbi/Chaplain at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California, where he conducts services, counsels residents/patients and their families and also does interfaith work as a certified chaplain. He has been actively involved in Palliative Care.
Rabbi has also appeared as a guest speaker, writes a regular column at Motion Picture in the Residents’ Gazette and has been published in Journeys, the journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, of which he is a member. He is also a member of the International Federation of Rabbis, the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and the American Psychotherapy Association. Most recently, Rabbi Rosenberg was featured in Journey Films’ documentary Chaplains.
In addition to weddings, Rabbi Rosenberg performs Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Baby Namings, Funerals and other lifecycle events upon request. He feels deeply honored to participate in the most significant moments in peoples’ lives.