Jon Leener

Beatles Maniac, Unapologetic Dreamer, Sportaholic. 

Jon is a Base co-founder and the rabbi at Base: BKLYN.


Jon was ordained at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. He has served as the rabbinic intern at Sherith Israel Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee and Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland. Jon has also held roles as a hospital chaplain, Hebrew teacher, Israel experiential educator, and reguarly lecturers on Jewish topics. His writings on Judaism and Israel have appeared in The Washington Post, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and Huffington Post. Jon also regularly blogs for Times of Israel.


Before entering rabbinical school, Jon studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Communication Arts, specializing in Film and Jewish Studies. At Wisconsin, Jon received Hillel's Student Leadership Award for his efforts in combating anti-semitism on campus.


Jon grew up in Chevy Chase, MD and is a loyal Redskins and Orioles fan. As a Jewish educator, Jon aims to make Judaism more lively, relevant, and accessible to Jews of all backgrounds.