CONNECTIONS 2017

Rabbi Leon A. Morris

Incoming President, Pardes Institute
Rabbi Leon A. Morris

Rabbi Leon A. Morris

Rabbi Leon A. Morris is the incoming President of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. He is currently on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). A leading educator in the field of adult Jewish study, Rabbi Morris made aliyah with his family in June 2014, after serving as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, New York. He was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. Ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1997, where he was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, he has worked extensively as an educator with the Jewish community of India, beginning in 1990 when he served as a Jewish Service Corps volunteer for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and returned many times for shorter volunteer work. He is an alumnus of the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, and was a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow.