Rabbi Barry (Baruch) Leff is a business executive, teacher, speaker and writer who still feels home is in Jerusalem, even though he’s lately been living in Birmingham, Alabama – and he’s not sure where he’s going next.
He is in at least his third major career. For his first career, he worked as a high-tech executive and entrepreneur in California’s Silicon Valley for 20 years. He started a high-tech manufacturing firm and served as CEO as it grew from nothing to 90 employees. He has a PhD in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Career number 2 was being a congregational rabbi — going to school (he was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles) and serving congregations in Tucson, Vancouver (Canada), and Toledo made for a nearly ten year Sabbatical from the business world.
Career number 3 has Rabbi Leff back in the business world, consulting in management and marketing, and doing online marketing including websites, blogs, papers, and social media marketing for clients mostly in the US. He is a co-founder of Tek-Law Services, Ltd.
He took a break from that to join Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama, as interim rabbi, originally a one-year assignment that extended to two. He still does some business stuff with Tek-Law in his spare time.
He’s had three careers, but lots of other jobs, including charter pilot, restaurant manager, electronic warfare specialist in the US Army, salesman, and bouncer.
A frequent flier, Rabbi Leff has been to over 70 countries. Born in Germany, he has lived in Thailand, Iran, Canada, the US and Israel.
He’s also a flight instructor, and prefers flying the airplane himself, but El Al refuses to cooperate.
Jewishly: Kabbalah/Chasidut, Mussar, Talmud, Halacha
Otherly: Flying, running, skiing, SCUBA Diving, yoga, playing the piano, spending time with my kids and grandkids