Rabbi Alan Green grew up at Congregation Adat Ariel in Valley Village, California where he was taken under the wing of Cantor Allan Michelson, one of the great Hazzanim of that day. Rabbi Green received his BA and MA in the History of Religions from UCLA, and studied Rabbinic Literature for three years at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. He received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder and Dean of the Aleph Alliance for Jewish Renewal, in 1991.
Rabbi Green's significant spiritual influences include His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rabbi Dr. Arthur Green, and Dr. Kees W. Bolle, who for many years was Professor of the History of Religions at UCLA.
For five years, Rabbi Green was spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Emet in Montebello, California before coming to Winnipeg in 1992 and serving as spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation until the year 2000. Rabbi Green has served as Senior Rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation since the fall of 2000.
He calls his move to Winnipeg "one of the best things that ever happened to me", and he looks forward to many more years of happiness, harmony, and celebration at Shaarey Zedek, and with the Winnipeg Jewish community.