Executive Director & COO
A Los Angeles native, Howard Lesner graduated from UCLA in 1973 and from Pepperdine in 1976 with a Master of Science in School Management and Administration. His Jewish education started at Sinai Temple and continued at the University of Judaism. Howard served as a public school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1973-1979, where he taught grades K-6. He directed Camp Tikvah of Temple Beth Am for seven years and was the founding director of Sinai Temple’s Camp Maoz. He also directed programming for the USY Youth Department. In 1979, Howard became principal of the Elementary Day School at Stephen S. Wise Temple assuming the role of Associate Executive Director for the Temple in 1992. In 1999, he returned to Sinai Temple to serve as Executive Director. He and his wife Michal live in Westwood.