Rabbi Adam Kligfeld
Raised in a traditional Conservative home in Connecticut, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld brings to his work as Senior Rabbi Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California a commitment to Jewish ritual, his love for Israel and his enthusiasm for Jewish education, teaching Torah and creating community.
Rabbi Kligfeld came to Beth Am in 2009 after serving for 9 years at Congregation Eitz Chaim in Monroe, NY where he reinvigorated Eitz Chaim's Kabbalat Shabbat service, turning it into a spirited Carlebach-style approach to davvening, and revamped the Bnei Mitzvah program in order to teach all students the ongoing skills for reading Torah and serving as shaliah tzibbur on Shabbat. Over a four-year span, Rabbi Kligfeld helped Eitz Chaim to envision, plan and ultimately implement their dream of constructing a brand new synagogue building, placed strategically in the center of several residential neighborhoods in Monroe, fostering growth, and an even greater sense of a local Shabbat community.
Since arriving at Beth Am, Rabbi Kligfeld has been focusing on enlivening the Shir Hadash service that takes place on Shabbat morning in the sanctuary, and building and enriching the overall musical culture of the entire institution. Part of this process will include overseeing the synagogue’s search for a third clergy, a rabbi or cantor to be hired in the summer of 2011, who will join the Senior Staff of Temple Beth Am and whose focus will be on stimulating innovation and meaning within the music and prayer life of the congregation. Parallel to that, Rabbi Kligfeld is leading the initiative within Temple Beth Am for an exciting campus expansion, developing new properties for TBA’s growing ECC and Day School, as well as evolving a vision for a full renovation of the TBA’s sanctuary and ballroom.
Rabbi Kligfeld teaches regularly in the Pressman Academy Day School and Religious School, along with being a teacher and story-teller in the ECC. In addition to teaching a regular, weekly class on Humash with Rashi, Rabbi Kligfeld teaches throughout the Rabbi Joel Rembaum Institute for Adult Education and Family Programming.
Rabbi Kligfeld is an active member of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and participated in a unique cross-denominational mission to Israel with 18 other colleagues. One of his passions is building bridges and connections within the Jewish community, and he has been instrumental in organizing joint events for Selichot, Shavuot and Tisha B’Av bringing together members from myriad local congregations from a variety of denominations.
In 2006, Rabbi Kligfeld was selected to serve on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement and in that capacity stimulated a process of self-review for the CJLS, now culminating in a series of recommendations for its future work and progress.
Rabbi Kligfeld is a 1995 graduate of Columbia College, magna cum laude, with a degree in psychology and Jewish history. He was ordained as a rabbi in 2000 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, with a focus on Talmud.