Rabbi Joshua Hess, a native of Los Angeles, CA, attended Yeshiva University of Los Angeles High School (“YULA”) before studying in Israel for two years at Yeshivas Ohr Yerushalayim. Upon returning from Israel, Rabbi Hess studied in Yeshiva University for one year before transferring to Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, MD., from which he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Talmudic law and his rabbinical ordination (semicha) in 2006.
While studying for his semicha, Rabbi Hess served as a Rebbe in a Yeshiva high school for teenagers at risk where he was a role model for how to live a torah life in a modern community. At the same time, he taught Talmud and Halakha classes every morning at a local synagogue.
After receiving semicha, Rabbi Hess and his family moved to Denver, CO., where he served as the Rabbi of the DAT Minyan, a dynamic modern orthodox synagogue that grew from seventy to more than one hundred families during his tenure. Rabbi Hess was instrumental in making the DAT Minyan into a full fledged synagogue. Under his guidance, the Shul implemented daily Shachris and Mincha/Maariv Minyanim, had a full week of learning opportunities, as well as a yearly schedule of social programs and events to look forward to. He was well loved, respected, and admired by his Shul and the larger Denver community. In addition to his rabbinic duties, Rabbi Hess taught Navi and Halakha to middle school students at the Denver Academy of Torah.
Rabbi Hess received his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Iliff School of Theology, and served as the student chaplain at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, NJ. He also maintains a popular sports and religion blog, “the FANatic rabbi.” www.thefanaticrabbi.com.
Rabbi Hess has been married to his eishes chayil, Naava, a New York native, since 2002. Naava is an accomplished educator in her own right, having taught elementary school at a yeshiva in Baltimore, in a pre-school program in Denver, as well as teaching Religious Studies at The Kushner School in Livingston. Currently, Naava heads the Pre-School department of Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore in Deal, NJ. They are blessed with four beautiful children, Dani, Akiva, Esti, and Dalia, ranging in age from nine to four years old.
Rabbi’s Shiurim (see Full Calendar for more details):
Talmud Shiur (Chagiga): 8 am Shabbat morning.
Mishna Yomit (Kilayim): Daily, 10 minutes before Shacharit.
5 Minutes for Halacha: Daily, following Maariv.
Sunday Shiur (History & Halacha): Every Sunday morning after davening.
Lunch & Learns (Pirkei Avot): Every Tuesday at 12 noon.
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