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Rabbi Ben Leinow joined Congregation B’nai Tikvah in January 2009. As both a Rabbi and Doctor of Psychology, he brings a wealth of experience to the congregation. After receiving a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M. A. in Economics at U.C.L.A, his involvement with the Hillel Foundation moved him in the direction of becoming a Rabbi. He began his rabbinic studies in Los Angeles and, in 1966, was ordained at Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduation, Rabbi Leinow was chosen to be Regional Director of the Canadian Council of Reform Congregations.

Following his Canadian experience, Rabbi Leinow became Co-Rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood. †It was there that he became very interested in Pastoral Counseling and eventually earned a Ph.D. in

Rabbi Ben Leinow, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychology from Loyola University in West Los Angeles.† Soon after, he created and developed the popular Jewish Marriage Encounter program. Focusing on his Psychology training, Rabbi Leinow has spent the last seventeen years working with the poor, homeless and the mentally ill. He has served as both Clinical Director of Mental Health Services and Director of Program Development for Interfaith Community Services in Escondido, CA. From 1993 to 2004, Rabbi Leinow was an active member of the Palomar Hospital Investigative Review Committee Board.†

Rabbi Leinow envisions B’nai Tikvah as a community Synagogue - available to all people with spiritual needs.† It is his dream that “we become a group of friends, at ease, learning from each other, and all feeling welcome under the same roof.” He is one of the few Rabbis in Southern California who will conduct a wedding for interfaith and same gender couples as well as co-officiate with clergy of other faiths.† He remains active in the community, enjoys the outdoors and feels a spiritual connection to the ocean, desert and mountains.

Cantor Kornit has served as Hazzan of Congregation B’nai Tikvah in Vista, CA since 2001. Growing up in the Chicago area of Lincolnwood, Cantor Kornit began his singing career at the age of nine at A.G. Beth Israel Congregation in Chicago, under the tutelage of Hazzan Morton Pilskin. He won first place in 1978 and 1979 at the Illinois High School Solo & Ensemble competition and began singing in the choir at Congregation Kol Emmeth in Skokie, IL, under the guidance of Hazzan Ari Finkelstien.

Cantor Kornit is classically trained, having studied voice at Northern Illinois University and serving as soloist for its concert choir. At Northwestern University, he studied under voice teachers, William Rush, Howard Dill, Myron Myers, and Dr. Hermanus Baer. Cantor Kornit’s cantorial career began in 1986, after his graduation from Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in Communications. From 1986 until 2000, he served as Cantor for Temple Israel in Valparaiso, IN.
Cantor Kornit has performed in numerous concerts including repertoire from Broadway, opera, patriotic music and spiritual music of all denominations. Cantor Kornit’s repertoire includes English, French, German, Latin, Hebrew, Yiddish and Italian pieces. In the San Diego area, Cantor Kornit has sung for the JUMP concert series, (Jews United in Music Performance) and for Yom Hatzmaut at the SD Jewish Academy. He has co-conducted a Shabbat service aboard the U.S.S. Ronald Regan and regularly conducts the invocation for the Oceanside City Council meetings as well as Interfaith Community Services.

A lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bulls sports teams, Cantor Kornit was honored to serve as the National Anthem soloist during numerous Cubs and Bulls games, including the entire 1990-91 season. Cantor Kornit is married to Lauren Rubin Kornit. They live in Oceanside, CA with their 2 rescued Poodles; a black miniature named Groucho; and, a white standard named Manhattan. Cantor Kornit's philosophy of life is quite simple, "The keys to success in life are honesty and sincerity. If you can fake that you can accomplish anything!"
Cantor Larry Kornit