Playing Catch-Up

Visitors to our blog over the last couple weeks have encountered something you’re not accustomed to – no content.

The last couple weeks have been extremely busy with very little time to blog. On top of getting ready to transition back across the country and into a new position, two weeks ago I was in Dallas for the UMJC annual conference and business meetings. Then last week I returned early Sunday morning to finish packing up our home and meeting friends to help us load our truck (pictured above). Since Monique had to leave for Africa for a month for work, my father-in-law and I schlepped across America in the moving truck, arriving in LA on Friday afternoon and just in time to unload the truck and usher in Shabbat (with the help of more friends).

Saturday morning was quite an emotional and exciting time as I was installed into my new position as the Senior Rabbi of Ahavat Zion Synagogue in Beverly Hills, CA. Then Saturday night we had a wonderful banquet celebrating Rabbi Dr. Stuart and Naomi Dauermann and their twenty years as the previous spiritual leaders of Ahavat Zion. Rabbi Dauermann will pursue exciting new adventures as he devotes his energy full-time to traveling, teaching, and writing.

This morning internet and cable were finally installed in our new apartment, and I am now able to begin getting back into some sense of normalcy. Therefore, I can also return to regular blog posts.

Also, with our relocation back to the West Coast I am hoping to soon add a new look to our blog as well. So great things are afoot. Stay tuned!

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 Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, 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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8 Responses to Playing Catch-Up

  1. James says:

    Also, with our relocation back to the West Coast I am hoping to soon add a new look to our blog as well.

    Palm trees, Hawaiian shirts, and “carmageddon”, no doubt. 😉

  2. Jon says:

    we miss you 2 already!!

  3. Rabbi Joshua says:

    James – LOL! We’ll see.

    Jon – Thanks, bro! We miss you guys too.

  4. Ted Gordon says:

    Mazel Tov! on your installation as Rabbi of my old congregation, Ahavat Zion! I miss that place. We’ll visit sometime in the next year.

  5. Derek Leman says:

    Joshua, can’t wait to see the Left Coast Brumbach in rare blogging form!

  6. Donna Levin says:

    Shalom. We miss you very much. Rosh Pina is just not the same without you and Monique. However, you planted great seeds. Mazel tov on your new position. I’m sure it’s a very exciting time for you.

  7. Debra Emery says:

    Rabbi Joshua……oooooo……has such a wonderful ring to it! Mazel Tov and welcome back to Cali!

  8. Rabbi Joshua says:

    Donna – Thanks so much. We miss you all as well and hope to see you all again soon.

    All – Thanks a lot!

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