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Arthur Rosenberg

Rabbi

MPTF Foundation

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MPTF Foundation

23388 Mulholland Drive #220

Woodland Hills, California 91364

United States

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MPTF is committed to nurturing healthy, joyful communities - on and off our own campus - and in developing and providing programs in service of that goal. "Taking care of our own," as I've said many times before, takes a village, and we know that part of ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Rabbi and Chaplain

MPTF Foundation

Member, Pararabbinic Program

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Rabbi

Jewish and Interfaith Weddings

Rabbi and Chaplain

The Motion Picture & Television Fund

Head of Adult Education

Temple Judea

Affiliations

Para Rabbinic Fellow
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Board of Trustees Member
Temple Judea

Education

Fine Arts degree

Carnegie Mellon University



Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

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Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg » About Rabbi Arthur

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Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg

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Rabbi Rosenberg has had, by any standards, an eclectic life. He began his career as a stage actor studying at New York's famed School of Performing Arts ("Fame") and then continued on to Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with a Fine Arts degree. He worked as a professional actor, director and teacher for 40 years - appearing in some of the most renown stage productions, Academy Award winning movies, and Emmy Award winning television shows.
He then had a spiritual awakening, causing him to begin his Jewish studies in earnest. The journey began at Temple Judea in Tarzana, California, where he first studied in Adult Education, later becoming Head of Adult Education and a member of the Board of Trustees. He attended Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where he became a Para Rabbinic Fellow and the University of Judaism in Los Angeles where he completed the Yesod program. Ultimately, after studying and teaching around Los Angeles in Kochav, at Jewish Vocational Services, leading Torah Study at the West Valley JCC and leading High Holy Day services at Vista Del Mar in Culver City, he finalized his training and was ordained at the Rabbinical Seminary International in New York as a student of Rabbi Joseph Gelberman.
Since being ordained he led services at Kol Tikvah Temple and the Synagogue for the Performing Arts. And since 2005 he has been the Rabbi/Chaplain at the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Woodland Hills, California, where he conducts services, counsels residents/patients and their families and also does interfaith work as a certified chaplain. He has been actively involved in Palliative Care.
Rabbi has also appeared as a guest speaker, writes a regular column at Motion Picture in the Residents' Gazette and has been published in Journeys, the journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors of which he is a member. He is also a member of the International Federation of Rabbis, the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, and the American Psychotherapy Association. In addition to weddings, Rabbi Rosenberg performs Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Baby Namings, Funerals and other lifecycle events upon request. He feels deeply honored to participate in the most significant moments in peoples' lives.
© 2011 Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg


The Jewish Journal Of Greater Los Angeles

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Before Arthur Rosenberg became a rabbi he played one on TV.He starred as an Orthodox rabbi on "Chicago Hope" and as a Reform rabbi on "The District," in addition to playing doctors, lawyers and police chiefs on shows like "Knots Landing," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "The X-Files."

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said Rosenberg, sitting behind his desk in a chaplain's office that could easily double for a closet."This job that I have here is not about getting more, and it's not about me. It's about being present for other people and helping them to find a connection with the Divine."
Rosenberg entered the rabbinate last year, at an age when most rabbis are considering stepping down from the pulpit.And while his journey from bar mitzvah to smicha (ordination) wasn't an easy road, he has found his second calling among his entertainment industry peers at the Woodland Hills campus.His attention is now focused on aiding families with reconciliations and farewells, while also trying to foster a sense of community among retirees who require regular care.
"When I came here there were people who lived next door to each other who didn't know each other," he said.
Early in his acting career Rosenberg assumed Judaism wouldn't play a large role in his life, especially as he didn't encounter observant Jews in the industry."My deal was to be an actor," he said."Being in show business, you couldn't say, 'It's Friday night, it's Shabbos, the show don't go on.' If you're doing 'Hamlet,' you're doing 'Hamlet' Friday night and Saturday evening."
Not that he was particularly interested in his faith at the time.Rosenberg stopped going to his family's synagogue in Forrest Hills, N.Y., the night he came home from his bar mitzvah in 1959.He said his father told him to put the money, checks, bonds and gifts on the family table.
"I thought we were going to see what treasures we got, sort of like after Halloween," he said."My father said, 'OK, you can keep the gifts and the savings bonds.Sign over the checks and give me the money.'"
When Rosenberg asked why, he said his father responded, "Who do you think is going to pay for all of this?"
"I felt like I was a man in the morning because I could read from Torah, and I was a boy again in the evening," he said."I projected that onto being Jewish and going to temple.I went as far away from Judaism as you could go for the next 33 years."
Rosenberg focused his attention on acting, attending the School of Performing Arts High School and Stella Adler Studio in New York and Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, and working summer theaters in New Hampshire.In addition to stage work, Rosenberg spent more than three decades in television and feature films, with parts in "10," "Being There" and "Cujo."
In 1992, his life was shaken up once again by a bar mitzvah.This time he'd been invited to watch his friend's son read from the Torah at Temple Judea, a Reform congregation in Tarzana.It was the first time in 33 years he'd set foot in a synagogue, and he left that foot sticking out in the aisle as he sat in the last pew at the back of the shul.
"When Rabbi Akiva Annes stood up on the bimah, he looked over the congregation and he didn't say a word, he just smiled and I started to sob," Rosenberg said.He took his crying as a sign, and the next day when he saw the rabbi taking a shower across from him at the Mid Valley Athletic Club, it confirmed to him that this was more than just a coincidence."I ran over and said, 'You're the rabbi!' He said, 'I'm naked, go away.'"
Rosenberg continued attending services at Temple Judea, and then started taking adult education classes.It wasn't long before he joined the pararabbinic program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and when he returned from the college's Cincinnati campus he told Temple Judea's clergy he wanted to become a rabbi.
"They all looked at me and said, 'You're too old,'" he said, adding that the rabbis pointed out to him it was a five-year program and that he'd be close to 60 by the time he graduated.
After serving several terms as head of Temple Judea's adult education, Rosenberg eventually tracked down a school in Manhattan that was willing to transfer completed course work from HUC-JIR and the University of Judaism.The interdenominational Rabbinical Seminary International allowed him to study with rabbinical mentors in Los Angeles and online.
When it came time to do his yearlong internship prior to his ordination, he thought back to the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Wasserman Campus, where he had had his gall bladder removed in 2001.He remembered that no rabbis had stopped by to visit him before or after the surgery, so he called the Woodland Hills campus and asked to speak with the rabbi.Instead, he got the chaplain, the Rev. David Grant, who has been with the home for 13 years.
When Rosenberg got together with Grant a few days later, he expected to chat over coffee.Instead, he found himself leading a discussion on the Torah portion of the week, Vayigash, in front of five residents in wheelchairs.
"I had the Jewish baptism by fire," he said."We had a good conversation, and I got a call the following week asking when I wanted to start doing Shabbat services."
After his yearlong internship, the Motion Picture and Television Fund hired Rosenberg for a 20-hour per week permanent position.He leads 40-minute Shabbat services on the last Friday of the month for long-term care, and a campus-wide morning service, as well as a 45-minute Torah study, on the first Saturday.Rosenberg also leads the center's holiday services at the Katzenberg Pavilion.When he isn't serving on the center's bioethics committee or its palliative care team, Rosenberg's time is devoted to one-on-one time with patients.
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"Most actors don't work long enough to get pension credits to get into the home," Rosenberg said.
Mort Schwartz, 80, has been living at the Woodland Hills center for more than two years.Wearing a red kabbalah string around his wrist -- a gift from one of his children -- he is a regular at Shabbat services, which have grown from five or six to 20 or 25 people each week since Rosenberg first arrived in 2004.The former costume designer is mostly irreligious, yet he shows up to Shabbat services and disagrees regularly with the rabbi.
"I still don't believe what he has to say ... yet," Schwartz said.Rosenberg describes Schwartz as the perfect Jew -- someone who participates, learns what he wants to learn and rejects what he wants to reject.
"He's a committed person, and that's what I love about him," he said.
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Still, Rosenberg has taken it upon himself to get Kramer socializing with other residents.
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Rosenberg said he's simply reached a point in his life where he'd rather give back to others, especially those who share a show business connection.And, he says, the Wasserman Center is the perfect pulpit for him.
"I'll stay here as long as they want me.And then when they don't want me, I'll move in," he said.


Lay Leadership

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ARTHUR ROSENBERG


Rabbi Ann White

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Rabbi | Arthur Rosenberg

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Before Arthur Rosenberg became a rabbi he played one on TV. He starred as an Orthodox rabbi on
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said Rosenberg, sitting behind his desk in a chaplain's office that could easily double for a closet. "This job that I have here is not about getting more, and it's not about me. It's about being present for other people and helping them to find a connection with the Divine."
Rosenberg entered the rabbinate last year, at an age when most rabbis are considering stepping down from the pulpit. And while his journey from bar mitzvah to smicha (ordination) wasn't an easy road, he has found his second calling among his entertainment industry peers at the Woodland Hills campus. His
...
Rosenberg stopped going to his family's synagogue in Forrest Hills, N.Y., the night he came home from his bar mitzvah in 1959. He said his father told him to put the money, checks, bonds and gifts on the family table.
"I thought we were going to see what treasures we got, sort of like after Halloween," he said. "My father said, 'OK, you can keep the gifts and the savings bonds. Sign over the checks and give me the money.'"
When Rosenberg asked why, he said his father responded, "Who do you think is going to pay for all of this?"
"I felt like I was a man in the morning because I could read from Torah, and I was a boy again in the evening," he said. "I projected that onto being Jewish and going to temple. I went as far away from Judaism as you could go for the next 33 years."
Rosenberg focused his attention on acting, attending the School of Performing Arts High School and Stella Adler Studio in New York and Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, and working summer theaters in New Hampshire. In addition to stage work, Rosenberg spent more than three decades in television and feature films, with parts in "10," "Being There" and "Cujo."
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word, he just smiled and I started to sob," Rosenberg said. He took his crying as a sign, and the next day when he saw the rabbi taking a shower across from him at the Mid Valley Athletic Club, it confirmed to him that this was more than just a coincidence. "I ran over and said, 'You're the rabbi!' He said, 'I'm naked, go away.'"
Rosenberg continued attending services at Temple Judea, and then started taking adult education classes. It wasn't long before he joined the pararabbinic program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and when he returned from the college's Cincinnati campus he told Temple Judea's clergy he wanted to become a rabbi.
"They all looked at me and said, 'You're too old,'" he said, adding that the rabbis pointed out to him it was a five-year program and that he'd be close to 60 by the time he graduated.
...
When Rosenberg got together with Grant a few days later, he expected to chat over coffee. Instead, he
...
After his yearlong internship, the Motion Picture and Television Fund hired Rosenberg for a 20-hour per week permanent position. He leads 40-minute Shabbat services on the last Friday of the month for long-term care, and a campus-wide morning service, as well as a 45-minute Torah study, on the first Saturday. Rosenberg also leads the center's holiday services at the Katzenberg Pavilion. When he isn't serving on the center's bioethics committee or its palliative care team, Rosenberg's time is devoted to one-on-one time with patients.
...
"Most actors don't work long enough to get pension credits to get into the home," Rosenberg said.
Mort Schwartz, 80, has been living at the Woodland Hills center for more than two years. Wearing a red kabbalah string around his wrist -- a gift from one of his children -- he is a regular at Shabbat services, which have grown from five or six to 20 or 25 people each week since Rosenberg first arrived in 2004. The former costume designer is mostly irreligious, yet he shows up to Shabbat services and disagrees regularly with the rabbi.
"I still don't believe what he has to say ... yet," Schwartz said. Rosenberg describes Schwartz as the perfect Jew -- someone who participates, learns what he wants to learn and rejects what he wants to reject.
"He's a committed person, and that's what I love about him," he said. Having a regular rabbi on the
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Rosenberg has taken it upon himself to get Kramer socializing with other residents.
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While moving into the Wasserman Campus hasn't been easy for her, Kramer recognizes Rosenberg's
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Rosenberg said he's simply reached a point in his life where he'd rather give back to others, especially those who share a show business connection. And, he says, the Wasserman Center is the perfect pulpit for him.
"I'll stay here as long as they want me. And then when they don't want me, I'll move in," he said.


Book Discussion Group

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Rabbi Rosenberg is a chaplain at the Motion Picture & TV Fund in Woodland Hills. Previously he has illuminated the Books of Jonah and Ruth for our parish community. His training as an actor, as well as, of course his rabbinical studies have helped us all to see these books in a new and refreshing light.

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Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg on The Torah.

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