Rabbi Stewart Vogel has been the spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah since 1993. During that time he has helped establish Temple Aliyah as a dynamic, vibrant synagogue whose membership is involved in many aspects of the Jewish community. He is recognized as an innovator in synagogue programming and his work in building bridges within the Jewish and interfaith communities. Rabbi Vogel is a Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Among his many community involvements Rabbi Vogel currently serves an officer of the Rabbinical Assembly, the international organization of Conservative rabbis, and is former Chairman of the Joint Placement Commission of the placement of Conservative Rabbis in North America. He is a past-president of the Rabbinical Assembly of the Pacific Southwest region and the Southern California Board of Rabbis. He is also proud to have been on one of the founders of the West Valley Rabbinic Task Force that brings together rabbis of the West San Fernando and Conejo Valleys to share and create programs in a unique demonstration of inter-denominational collaboration. He is also the co-author of the national bestseller The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life.
In 2000 Rabbi Vogel was honored as “Rabbi of the Year” by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He also received the Mickey Weiss Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Judaism in 2005.
Rabbi Vogel holds B.A., B.H.L. and teaching credentials from the University of Judaism, Los Angeles, an M. A. and ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, with an emphasis in Jewish education.
Rabbi Vogel is a native of Los Angeles, is married (Rodi) and the proud father of four children.
“The synagogue is a place for all people to feel welcome. Whether it is the traditionally observant, or those who feel a social kinship to Judaism, it is our goal to create a community that will inspire individuals and families to a Jewish life of meaning and secure the future of the Jewish people. We have dedicated ourselves to provide for the varying religious needs of our diverse population. While the most traditional Jew will find her or his needs met, we also challenge ourselves to make Judaism relevant in the twenty-first century. The wide-spectrum of our religious, spiritual, educational, and social programs attest to our desire to provide a Jewish meaningful Jewish community for all.”
-Rabbi Stewart Vogel