Rabbi returns to lead congregation

Rabbi Barry Diamond Courtesy photo

Rabbi Barry Diamond Courtesy photo

After a three-year absence, Rabbi Barry Diamond returned this week to lead Temple Adat Elohim, a Reform Jewish congregation in Thousand Oaks.

“With a wealth of experience as both a rabbi and a teacher, Diamond possesses a contagious passion for inspiring each congregant’s connection with the Jewish community,” said a press release announcing his return.

Diamond seesk to strengthen TAE’s traditions and programs, particularly its reputation in youth education and adult lifelong learning, as well as its commitment to social-action initiative.

“We are thrilled to have Rabbi Diamond and his wife, Sandy, back to TAE, and we welcome them with open arms,” temple president Sandy Greenstein said in a statement. “He is well-known here for his warmth, humor and inspiring sermons that interpret the Torah through a contemporary lens.”

During Diamond’s prior tenure, he spearheaded the temple’s involvement in the winter overnight homeless shelter program run by Lutheran Social Services.

“ We are honored to return to Temple Adat Elohim, this time for the long-term,” Diamond said in a statement. “It is my mission to create circles of community that are the setting for exploring our sense of responsibility to each other and the world. It is through caring connect ions around shared interests that we gain insight into God and feel called upon to repair our fractured world.”

Diamond comes to TAE from Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in Mahwah, N.J., where he served as interim rabbi for the past two years.

He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

In 2016, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from Hebrew Union College. He has a psychology degree from Cal State Fullerton.