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Spiritual leader, civil rights activist, and community organizer Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs has spent his entire career bringing people of different faiths and backgrounds together in order to foster fellowship and dialogue and make the world a better place. Having grown up during the nascent stages of the American civil rights movement in the 1960s and experienced first-hand the injustices that minority communities face, he dedicated much of his life’s work toward bridging cultural and religious gaps through interfaith events and other programs. Today, he continues his work through the Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs Progressive Faith Foundation, which enables him to bring together members of the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian communities in the spirit of collaboration and understanding.Originally from Massachusetts, Rabbi Steven Jacobs studied at Brookline High School just outside Boston and attended services at Temple Kehillath Israel, where he began his formative education in Hebrew. After finishing secondary school, he attended New York University at the school’s Bronx campus and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He would later attend Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and become ordained as a rabbi with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Hebrew Letters in 1967. During this time, he became highly active within the civil rights movement and befriended the Reverend Jesse Jackson. The two collaborated on interfaith peace missions to various parts of the world.Before his retirement from the pulpit and his fulltime work with Progressive Faith Foundation, Rabbi Steven Jacobs was a Senior Rabbi at Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. He later founded The New Reform Congregation as Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills, California. He was the 2001 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance of Washington, DC, a prestigious award that recognizes the work of interfaith leaders in the community and throughout the nation, and he continues to serve on a number of local and national boards that promote human rights and civil society.




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