Rabbi Steven Z. Leder currently serves as the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a large synagogue in Los Angeles with three campuses and 2,500 families.
In addition to his many duties at Wilshire Boulevard Temple Rabbi Leder teaches Homiletics to Rabbinical students at the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Rabbi Leder has been quoted in Time magazine, published essays in Reform Judaism, the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal where his Torah commentaries were read weekly by over 50,000 people. He has been awarded the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary by the American Jewish Press Association, the Kovler Award from the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. for his work in African American/Jewish dialogue. He is a fellow in the British American Project, a think tank devoted to bringing together influential leaders from America and Great Britain.
Rabbi Leder’s first book, The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things enjoyed two weeks on the Amazon.com Number One Best Seller list for Los Angeles and Beverly Hills and brought Rabbi Leder national acclaim. In the N.Y. Times, William Safire called Rabbi Leder’s first book "uplifting". Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein said he "is everything we search for in a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny, and non-judgmental, he offers remarkably healing guidance... he finds the true fabric of our spiritual lives." He has appeared on several networks including two appearances on ABC’s "Politically Incorrect" and NPR’s "All Things Considered".
Rabbi Leder’s second book entitled More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul published by Bonus Books in January of 2004 has received remarkable critical and media attention including feature articles in the New York Times, Town and Country Magazine, and other publications. Rabbi Leder was recently named one of the "Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America" by Newsweek.