Rabbi Joshua Brumbach
I am a rabbi, writer, thinker, avid mountain biker, husband and father … 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; and 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 Ahavat Zion Synagogue in Santa Monica, 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.
Chocoholic, jazz head … prone to rants, and a professional pitbull. I married a terrific guy who happens to be a rabbi, so I guess that makes me a rebbetzin. Who saw that one coming? I also serve as the Executive Director of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). My grandparents survived the Shoah and spent their lives in the service of others. On my best days, I walk in their footsteps.