Rabbi Jonathan Klein proudly serves as the Executive Director at CLUE-LA. Prior to his ordination in 1997 from Hebrew Union College, Jonathan served congregations in Flagstaff, Arizona and Rye, New York. Upon receiving his rabbinical degree, he served three years as Director of KESHER, the Reform Movement’s College Department and then eight years as the Allen and Ruth Ziegler Rabbinic Director of USC Hillel, in Los Angeles. He is a songleader, music enthusiast, and lover of Jewish mysticism. An ardent environmentalist, he promotes sustainability with his communal involvements as a member of the board of the Coalition on the Environment in Jewish Life (COEJL-SC), as a member of the Environmental Commission of Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass’ district, and by serving on the Environmental Initiatives Committee of the Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and on the executive boards of the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and Jews Against the War.
Prior to his role at CLUE-LA, Rabbi Klein served as the Development Director for Progressive Jewish Alliance, a result of his involvement as a lay leader there on its Economic Justice Working Group Steering Committee and as a member of its Los Angeles Regional Council. Prior to fundraising work, he is particularly proud of and nostalgic for his first job in the organization as a Community Organizer.
Rabbi Klein is the proud father of thirteen year-old son, Rachmiel, eleven year-old daughter, Kinneret, and six year-old daughter, Zimra.