Rabbi in Residence Leslie Gordon
Temple Aliyah is pleased to have Rabbi Leslie Ann Gordon as our Rabbi in Residence.
Since 1997, Rabbi Gordon has been a member of our community, teaching Adult Education courses on Zionism, Parshat Hashavua, and Talmud. She has also organized and led our Shabbat morning learners’ minyan, and she has led sessions for new member orientation. She is a “regular” at our shabbat and Monday morning services, where she often reads Torah and delivers divrei torah, and is also a “regular” at many of our congregation’s educational and social events. She helped organize and lead our Passover Women’s seders, and was the key educational contributor to our Torah writing campaign of 2007-08.
Rabbi Gordon served our congregation as Interim Rabbi from January to June 2005, while Rabbi Perkins was on sabbatical.
Born and raised in Tuscon, AZ, Rabbi Gordon received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Psychology in 1984 from Brandeis University. In 1991 she received Rabbinic Ordination and was awarded a Master of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she was the recipient of both the Lamport Prize in Talmud and the Lowenthal Prize in Practical Theology. During her time at the JTS, she served as Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, New Jersey and later as Rabbi at the West Clarkstown Jewish Center in Spring Valley, New York.
Since 2001 Rabbi Gordon has been the instructor for the Jewish Discovery institute, the local Conservative conversion class, and she has taught for CJP’s Ikkarim since 2005.
Rabbi Gordon served as Assistant Rabbi at Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, Virginia from 1991-1994. She was the Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Lowell, Massachusetts, from 1994-1997.
From 1998 to 2004, Rabbi Gordon was also the Chaplain of Jewish Students at Babson College in Wellesley, where she provided programming and spiritual guidance for Jewish students, led Shabbat evening services, taught the Parshat Hashavua class for faculty and staff, and participated in multi-faith programs.
Rabbi Gordon lives in Needham with her husband, David Goodtree, and their three children.