Rabbi Rosenthal

Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal

Tuesday, July 29th, 1952 - Thursday, February 14th, 2019
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Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal is a native Californian and grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.

While attending High School he also attended the Los Angeles Hebrew High, and was involved with numerous synagogue and youth activities. Rabbi Rosenthal received his B.A. from the University of California in San Diego and attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem during his junior year.

After graduating college he entered rabbinical school at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, where he received a B.L. degree. He continued his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York where he received his M.A. and rabbinic ordination. Rabbi Rosenthal served congregations in New Jersey, Florida and Orange County, California before becoming rabbi of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diego, California, where he has served for over twenty nine years.

He was an Executive Board member of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and a Past President of the San Diego Rabbinical Association.

He and his wife, Judy, have three children: Adina, and her husband Jeremy; Adam, and his wife Sarah; and Margalit; two grandsons, Neriya Yitzchak and Zecharya Heschel Rosenthal and twin granddaughters, Michal Yedidya and Esther Netanya Rosenthal; and twin grandsons, Elijah Lev and Zev Augustus Gerstle.
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  • Service

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 1:00pm
    Tifereth Israel Synagogue
    6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd
    SAN DIEGO, CA 92119
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    With great sadness we share the news of the death of our teacher and friend, Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal, z"l. The Rosenthal family will be at Shabbat services at Tifereth Israel on Friday evening and Shabbat morning. Shiva services will be held at Tifereth Israel at 7:00 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday evenings. For those wishing to honor Rabbi Rosenthal's memory through an act of tzedakah, the family encourages donations to the Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Memorial Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation. Zikhrono l'vrakhah - may his memory be a source of continual blessing. For more information, please contact the synagogue office at (619) 697-6001.
    Rabbi Ralph Dalin
  • Interment

    Private Interment
    San Diego
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Rami and Mary Zohar

Posted at 01:37pm
Deepest condolences to the family of Rabbi Rosenthal. He married my husband and I in 1981 at Congregation Kol Ami, Tampa, FL, where I became a 'Jew by choice' by converting to Judaism. I believe he would be proud to know that we raised three children in our shared faith. Our oldest son celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in Israel, our youngest in Budapest. Our daughter is soon to be married by a Rabbi. We did so enjoy knowing him. Heartfelt thoughts to the many loved ones that will mourn his passing.
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Walter Sherwood

Posted at 11:40pm
This tree is only a small token of the respect and love I have for Len, my daughter's father-in-law, loving grandfather, and wise counselor. The world is a smaller place with his passing.
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Ira Zimmerman

Posted at 02:34pm
Adam, So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Your family is missed here and made its mark with friends and accomplishments and impact. We hope to see you all in the not too distant future. May you be comforted with all the mourners of Zion

Anne Greenfeld and Mel Cohen

Posted at 04:13pm
Dear Adam,
We were so sorry to learn about your father's passing. Our hearts go out to you and your family. May you be comforted along with those who mourn for Zion and Jerusalem.

Anne and Mel

Ariela and Andrew Swaner

Posted at 03:11pm
Rabbi Rosenthal was a major part of many lives, myself included. He was there for my baby naming, my Bat Mitzvah, and officiated my wedding just before he retired. He helped my husband convert to Judaism and had a profound impact on our lives. He was incredibly compassionate and had a sense of humor we greatly appreciated. Like so many others, we will miss him immensely. Our hearts go out to Judy, Margalit, Adam and Adina, along with all of his other family, friends and colleagues who knew him. We will always love and remember Rabbi Rosenthal.

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