Rabbi Bruce loves kids, loves Judaism and loves making Judaism accessible and family friendly. Rabbi Raff is thrilled to be back at Temple Judea and believes religious school has to be meaningful, memorable, engaging and fun. He loves this place and its people and is delighted to be sharing the richness of Jewish life with our students and their families.
Rabbi Raff began his career as a public school teacher, and after a very short stint with LAUSD he became a full time Jewish educator. He is known as an innovator in the field of Jewish education, revolutionizing religious school and has been at the forefront of introducing new models of education that have spread across the Jewish landscape. In addition, he has mentored over 100 Jewish educators and rabbis as a member of the Clinical Faculty of Hebrew Union College.
Rabbi Raff holds Master’s Degrees in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism (Now American Jewish University) and in Jewish Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained as a rabbi in 2001.
Rabbi Raff joined the staff of Temple Judea as Director of Education in 1986 and his first task was to hire a new Director for our Nursery School. He hired Margie Ipp, and is thrilled to be back and able to spend Margie’s last year working at Temple Judea together. Shortly after Rabbi Goor announced he was making aliyah, Rabbi Raff left to work as director of another temple’s religious school. But he is now back, and looks forward to sharing many years building community amongst the families of Temple Judea.
Rabbi Raff lives in Woodland Hills, is married to Tamar, the Principal of Valley Beth Shalom Day school, and they have two sons, Rami who teaches theater, film and Judaic Studies at Milken and Micah, a residential mortgage broker and daughter in law Jordan who is communications director for the Valley Jewish Federation. Tamar grew up at Judea, and you can find her in one of the Confirmation class pictures, and both Rami and Micah started here in our Nursery School, both taught Religious School here and view Temple Judea as their other Jewish home. All and all, Rabbi Raff is excited to be home at Temple Judea.