Rabbi Diane Rose
Rabbi & Cantor
Diane is a Cantor and Rabbi serving the Los Angeles region. She was a music teacher and choral conductor before becoming clergy. Her hope is to lead others (and herself!) toward more beautiful, peaceful, passionate, content lives by looking at the world and ourselves through a progressive Jewish lens. Rabbi/Cantor Diane believes Jewish texts, traditions, and culture can open our eyes to the many Universal lessons that can help us all find ourselves, Jewish or not. Her teachings focus on these Universal lessons (which she often calls “nougat centers”) that Judaism has to offer without requirements, rules or guilt... God is optional.
She believes that interfaith families need to be fully embraced, and all family members must be honored equally.
"Rantor" Diane (her students love calling her this Cantor/Rabbi combo title) was ordained as a Cantor through the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism, as a Rabbi through Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute, and is now working toward a second Rabbinic ordination through Academy for Jewish Religion - CA. Diane lives in Santa Monica, Ca with her husband, one child at home, and a second off at college.
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Serving the Community
I joined Cool Shul because at long last, I found a rabbi and community who shared my spirituality. I’d never found this in a Jewish context before.
Interesting fact about me: I sang in the opera chorus of La Boheme when it was shown at Ucla’s Royce Hall, while I was getting my graduate degree in an entirely different subject
We were looking for a kind and caring community, and we found it here!
About me: I enjoy art, design, gardening, and our dog.
My husband Walt and I were feeling sentimental one day about being quarantined, so we set up our camera tripod and took this picture. As for why we chose Cool Shul, we were looking for a small, intimate place, preferably one with a rabbi who lives down the block.
Fun factoid: I love to cook, bake, collect recipes and create cookbooks. My newest one is about to go off to the printer.
After our disaffection with and withdrawal from a mainline Santa Monica temple, we were drawn into Cool Shul's warm, inviting, and accepting embrace. When we knew we’d found a home, we joined Cool Shul as "partners" to support the traditional teachings and loving guidance of our musical, spiritual, and religious leader, our cantor and rabbi, Diane Rose. We've stayed for religious practice, for communal love, for our chavurim -- the friends we've made -- and for the strength we've drawn from our Jewish community.
Not pictured: Barbara Grey, Woolf Kanter, Ellen Prince, Drew Brody, Cheryl Teplinsky
Irina is a filmmaker and actor from NYC. She believes in the power of kindness and loves that Cool Shul is a safe home for Jewish people from all backgrounds.