Rabbi Barry Lutz is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher and spiritual leader who endeavors to create personal and meaningful connections to Jewish tradition. He strives to create a community where each individual is valued and seen. An experienced educator and sensitive pastoral counselor Barry brings his full heart and soul to each encounter, whether it be offering Torah's wisdom to a group of teens or sharing a personal chat over a cup of coffee at his favorite hang out. Barry was ordained by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, from which he also received his MA i Jewish Education and an honorary doctorate in Jewish education.  (He also has received an MS in Educational Psychology and Technology from USC - although he is, at heart, a UCLA Bruin.) Barry loves running (best moving meditation ever), basketball, playing the guitar, the Denver Broncos (his hometown team) and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He and his wife Debbie are the proud parents of Rabbi Adam Lutz/Cantor Emma Lutz, Jeremy, and Emily.