Rabbi David Baron was born in New York and graduated from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a double major in Political Science and Hebrew Literature. He completed his rabbinical studies and was ordained in Jerusalem, Israel by Rabbi Israel Grossman, the Av Bet Din (Chief Rabbinic Jurist) of the Jerusalem rabbinate. After his ordination he served conservative pulpits in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey and Miami, Florida before moving to Los Angeles. As the Founding Rabbi of Temple of the Arts in 1992, he developed the unique approach of “Religion through music, drama, art, dance, and film.” Rabbi David Baron is the rabbi of the largest arts and entertainment-industry synagogue in the United States, Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills, which owns the 1900-seat, art deco Saban Theatre.
His Yom Kippur services and inspirational sermons are broadcast on national television (Time Warner, Comcast, DIRECTV) and webcast internationally to US troops overseas on the Armed Forces Network. He authored the prayer book “Sacred Space,” and the evocative High Holy Day prayer book “Sacred Moments” featuring the biblical art of Marc Chagall. Rabbi Baron is the author of the ethics in business volume “Moses on Management; 50 Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Manager of All Time” (Simon & Schuster), and he is a widely sought after speaker on topics ranging from “Leadership and Legacy” to “The Successful Blending of Religion and Art”.
He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NBC, PBS, A&E, and has spoken to many diverse groups ranging from Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization to the Young Leadership Convention of the United Jewish Communities. His frequent television appearances have featured interviews with leading personalities, artists, Nobel Laureates, and political leaders including Elie Wiesel, Abba Eban, Yakov Agam, the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Dr. Jonas Salk.
He chaired the global gathering honoring Righteous Holocaust Era Diplomats at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York in April 2000. As founder and president of the Committee for Righteous Deeds, he also chaired and co-produced the world premiere of the History Channel Documentary “Diplomats for the Damned,” which featured the heroism of Swiss Diplomat Carl Lutz, Portuguese Diplomat de Sousa Mendes, and American Diplomat Hiram Bingham. As a noted television speaker, he delivered weekly sermons from Los Angeles on the American Jewish Television Hour and also delivered a TED talk on the Charter for Compassion.
Rabbi Baron served on the Boards of the Jewish National Fund, Maple Counseling Center, American Jewish Congress, and numerous philanthropic organizations. He also served as the Chaplain of the Beverly Hills Police Department. He was the recipient of the 2014 Israel Film Festival Community Leadership Award. He has consulted on numerous feature films dealing with Jewish subject matter. Most recently, Rabbi Baron was the religious consultant on 20th Century Fox feature film “Exodus” directed by Ridley Scott. He also consulted on “Mobsters”, “A Stranger Among Us”, “Cemetery Club”, “Castaway” and “Along Came Polly.” He has also appeared on and consulted on a number of television programs including, “Days of Our Lives”, “Murphy Brown”, and “Home Front”, as well as “NYPD Blue”, “Uprising” and “Judas and Jesus,” and “The Drew Carey Show.”