Rabbi John Carrier is the spiritual leader of Burbank Temple Emanu El, a Conservative synagogue in Burbank, California, where he teaches Jewish wisdom, values, traditions, and history to students ages 2 to 95 through his work in the congregation’s Early Childhood Center, Hebrew School, and various adult education programs. Beyond the walls of his synagogue, John teaches Torah through the media of audio podcasts and online video. John serves the broader Jewish community of Los Angeles on the local board of the Rabbinical Assembly – Pacific Southwest Region, and on the Rabbinical Assembly Beit Din for Gittin.
In 2015 John founded BJX: The Burbank Jewish Experience, a partnership between the his synagogue, Temple Beth Emet of Burbank (Reform), Chabad of Burbank, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles – Valley Alliance, which hosts educational event series to reach out to Jewish families in Burbank to help them meet each other and connect with local rabbis.
Passionate about his new home town and about civic engagement, John volunteers as a mentor to the principal of a local elementary school through the Burbank Business Partners’ Principal Partners Program. John also serves on the board of the Burbank Chapter of Rotary International and the board of Leadership Burbank, a community leadership education organization.
John was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2014. In 2016 he completed the Leadership Burbank program, and in 2017 he was selected by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for the current cohort of the Edah Rabbinic Fellowship, a course in human-centered design, leadership development, and community building.
John lives in Burbank with his wife and two daughters and has two sons in college back East. He enjoys collecting niggunim, watching scary movies, cooking, lifting weights, and running marathons.