Author, college professor, and the Recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the B’nai Zion Foundation; Rabbi Barclay has served as the spiritual leader of multiple Conservative Synagogues in the San Gabriel Valley, and was also the Associate Rabbi of the Temple of The Arts in Beverly Hills. He is the author of “Sacred Relationships: Biblical Wisdom for Deepening Our Lives Together” (Liturgical Press, 2013). Rabbi Barclay founded EverySoulLA, an arts inspired service and outreach program for young Jewish professionals, has written for multiple periodicals including the Jewish Forward; and is a regular Torah commentator for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles.
Rabbi Barclay both taught in the School of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and was also the Hillel Director; where his growing programs became the national model for small college campuses. An expert on inter-faith relations and cross-cultural mysticism and meditation; he has taught around the world to small groups of executives and athletes on the importance of having a spiritual foundation as an integral part of their lives.
Most importantly, Rabbi Michael Barclay is married and the father of twin boys; who constantly remind him “to live fully, ethically, and with joy”.