RABBI DAVID WOZNICA is a rabbi at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles. With a membership of over 3000 families, Stephen S. Wise is one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish congregations in the world. Prior to his position at Stephen S. Wise Temple Rabbi Woznica was the founding director of the 92nd Street Y Bronfman Center for Jewish Life in New York. The 92nd Street Y is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious Jewish institutions for its lecture series and outstanding Jewish education courses, programs he initiated.
It is Rabbi Woznica's passion for Judaism coupled with his ability to engage and inspire audiences that has made him a one of the most sought-after speakers in Jewish Life. He has been a scholar-in-residence in synagogues throughout the United States; he has lectured in Europe, South America and Canada and is a featured speaker for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), recognized internationally as one of the world’s most prestigious business associations.
For over a decade Rabbi Woznica has engaged world-renowned thinkers and leaders in discussions about the values that guide their lives. Those with whom he has been in public dialogue include Elie Wiesel, Jack Kemp, Governor Mario Cuomo, Alan Dershowitz, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Natan Sharansky, President Chaim Herzog and dozens of others.
Rabbi Woznica was ordained at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. He also holds a Master's degree in Hebrew literature as well as Bachelor's degrees from UCLA and the University of Judaism. We are indeed fortunate that he can share our Bimah from time to time with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.