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Rabbi Leon Morris is the President of the Pardes  Institute of Jewish Studies and was until 2017 the Vice President for North American Programs in Israel at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Previously he served as rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, New York, and was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. Leon was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 1997, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

In addition to teaching at Skirball, Leon has taught at Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform synagogues, as well as at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. He has worked extensively as an educator with the Jewish community of India.

Leon has contributed essays to a variety of publications, has appeared on NPR and PBS, and is an editor of the new Reform High Holy Day prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh.

Leon Morris


Mar 29, 2017

We are diminished Jews if we perpetuate a tribal identity primarily fueled by anti-Semitism rather than a Jewishness rich in content and creativity.

Jun 30, 2016

Many Israelis yearn for a Judaism that is expansive and adaptive, open and inclusive, a Judaism that places human dignity at the center of religious life

Apr 21, 2016

This Passover, let's dream of a different sort of rebuilt Jerusalem.

Nov 10, 2015

Standing with and standing apart: Liberal Judaism must be able to say ‘this is the ideal we are striving for:’ We can`t always look to justify and sanctify exactly what most Jews currently do

Sep 21, 2014

Making aliyah is proving to also be an opportunity to experience life as an outsider, evoking greater empathy and compassion. Being an immigrant to Israel is a reminder of how most of us are simultaneously insiders and outsiders everywhere we go, finally coming home but feeling in exile

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics