Crossing the Country



We apologize if the posts have been a little sparse the last week and a half. As many of you know, we have been packing up our home in Los Angeles in preparation for our move to the East Coast.


As I write this, I am sitting in a hotel room in Knoxville, TN about to begin Day 4 (and our last day) of our cross-country road trip. So far we have hit 7 states in 3 days … and a few more to hit today!

We are excited about the new things living on the East Coast will bring, and the new kind of community we are looking to build (alongside some of you!).

So far it has been a great, yet quick trip. Although we have made very few stops, we have taken the time to visit with some family and friends on the way. Sunday night we stayed with some family of Monique’s in Albuquerque, and on Monday morning had breakfast with Rabbi Russ and Jane Resnik (Rabbi Russ is the Executive Director of the UMJC). Monday was a great opportunity to enjoy some time visiting, and discussing our vision for a new type of emergent congregation in a Messianic Jewish context.

Last night on our way through Nashville, TN we met up with our friends Roman and Alaina, who many of you know for their innovative music and services. Over dinner at a little vegetarian Indian restaurant we caught up on each others lives and heard about their new CD which has just been released. To check out their music and to get a CD, check out their page.

So stay tuned as we discuss more of our vision for the future of Messianic Judaism, and the new kinds of communities we’ll need to survive into the future!

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue in Agoura Hills, CA, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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