Infusing services with humor and gravitas in conversational style, he also brings his talent as a recognized vocalist, guitarist, and composer. His first CD, "Shabbat Rocks" had 4 tracks shoot to the top 5 in mp3.com Australia's World Music charts. Reb Jason’s community outreach includes the production of a fundraising concert for victims of 911, the start of a temporary housing program for migrant workers on Long Island, and serving as President of an LA Neighborhood Council. In addition to his experience as a Rabbi and cantor, he was involved in the theater, having been an actor, director, producer, and composer in numerous community productions. Born in Syracuse, New York, the son of a Dutch Jewish father and a Daughter of the American Revolution, Reb Jason was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and holds a BA Degree from the University of Judaism. He is the father of two children.
Press Excerpt from Music Industry News Network 2006
L.A.'s hippest Rabbi attempts to reach a higher plane of spirituality by delivering his religious message through the blessing of music.
Los Angeles area Rabbi, Jason Van Leeuwen aka Reb Jason has embarked on an ambitious mission to spread his gospel of peace and harmony through music in the form of his debut CD release, "Shabbat Rocks" available at www.rebjason.com. He realized the positive impact he could have on people by telling stories through music. His vision led him to the multi- talented Rebbe Soul who lends his guitar shredding to the CD and to percussion master and engineer Dave Haddad who ripped through the drums on "Shabbat Rocks" and engineering the project in his Los Angeles area studio, "The Womb". (www.davehaddad.com)
"Reb Jason" van Leeuwen is now Hazzan of Temple B'nai Hayim after four years of service as its Spiritual Leader.
Ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (University of Judaism, now American Jewish University) in Los Angeles in 2000, Rabbi Flom has a wealth of prior life experience outside the rabbinate. He was a practicing attorney in the field of intellectual property and general business law for more than 15 years. He has also served as a systems analyst and computer project coordinator in the federal government and as a management consultant in the field of planning and fund development for non-profit organizations. Before entering the Ziegler School, he was an Adjunct Lecturer in Ethics in the Lee College and MBA programs of the University of Judaism.
In his rabbinate, Rabbi Flom particularly enjoys adult education and preparatory training of bar/bat mitzvah students. While in rabbinical school, he served as Director of Hillel at University of California, Riverside and research intern at the American Jewish Committee. In Taunton, he served as the Jewish chaplain at three local hospitals and numerous nursing facilities. He has been active in interfaith activities in both the Taunton and Burbank Ministerial Associations. In Los Angeles, Rabbi Flom serves as a dayan (rabbinic judge), overseeing conversions to Judaism and religious divorces in the Conservative movement. He is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly (the international association of Conservative rabbis) and serves on the Executive Board (past President and Treasurer) of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly.
In addition to rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Flom holds a Masters in Hebrew Letters (University of Judaism), J.D. (University of Pittsburgh School of Law) and A.B. (University of Chicago).Rabbi Flom has been married to Lynn Kronzek since 1980. Their son, Robert, is completing his college education in 2017.
Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Rabbi Flom joined Temple B'nai Hayim as Spiritual Leader in August 2017 upon the forming of an association with Congregation Beth Meier.
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