Richard N. Levy z"l - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Richard N. Levy z"l, Rabbi

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Rabbi Emeritus of the Synagogue

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles; Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
Academic Field: 
Professional Development
Research Interests: 
Liturgy/Biblical texts in Liturgy

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Rabbi Richard N. Levy serves as the Rabbi of the Campus Synagogue and Director of Spiritual Growth at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. Previously, he served as the Skirball Campus' Director of the School of Rabbinical Studies.

Rabbi Levy is a past president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, in which post he shepherded the creation of the Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism in 1999, which is the subject of his book, A Vision of Holiness: The Future of Reform Judaism, published by the URJ Press in 2005.  He is the editor of On Wings of Awe, a High Holyday prayerbook, re-issued in a revised edition in 2012; On Wings of Freedom, a Passover Haggadah; and On Wings of Light, a Shabbat evening prayerbook. He is currently working on a translation and textual and spiritual commentary on the Book of Psalms.  For many years he was the executive director of Los Angeles Hillel Council. 

Rabbi Levy was married to Carol Levy, z"l. They have two children, Sarah, who lives in New York, and Elizabeth, a resident of Chicago.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

A Vision of Holiness: The Future of Reform Judaism

“On Wings of Awe,” a High Holyday Machzor

On Wings of Freedom,” a Pesach Haggadah

The Book of Psalms with Textual and Spiritual Commentary” (forthcoming)


Current and Future Courses
Recovering the High Holyday Machzor
Recovering the Festival Machzor
Musar Literature
Psalms in the Life-cycle and Holiday Cycle
Judaism: Philosophy, Rituals and Practices (SJNM)
Public Lecture Topics
“Is Reform Still a Prophetic Judaism?”
“Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice”
“Spiritual Practice in an Ordinary Day”
“Prayer and Its Obstacles: Overcoming Roadblocks to God”