Rabbi Leonid FeldmanAuthor, Teacher & Lecturer
Leonid Feldman is a living example of the drama of modern Jewish history. He has experienced total assimilation, Jewish rebirth, violent anti-Semitism, imprisonment in Russia as a Zionist activist, and freedom in the West.
The spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach, Florida and CLAL Associate, Leonid Feldman is the first and only Soviet-born Conservative Rabbi. He is also the President of the Ami-Da Institute for training Russian Jewish leaders in America. Rabbi Feldman's emotional return to his hometown of Kishinev was featured on the NBC TODAY Show, and the Israel National television. In 1996, he was a visiting Professor at the Jewish University of Moscow.
Rabbi Feldman has lectured in thirty-seven states and sixteen countries. He has testified before the United States Congress and Commission on the Security and Cooperation in Europe and addressed the California Senate and Florida House of Representatives. The subject of feature articles in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Insight Magazine, Moment and a myriad of other general and Jewish publications, his biography appears in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Religion, Men of Achievement, International Who's Who of Intellectuals, etc.
Leonid Feldman has served as a scholar for the Wexner Heritage Foundation and as Director of Education for Soviet Émigrés in Italy. Rabbi Feldman currently hold graduate degrees in Rabbinics from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, in Education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and in Physics and Theater Arts from Kishinev State Pedagogical Institute in the USSR. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at University of Miami.
Rabbi Feldman's varied and unusual life and background in a Marxist society enable him to teach and lecture on Judaism with a passion and perspective that is unique and exhilarating.
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