(BA in Sociology, San Diego State University; MARS from American Jewish University; Rabbinic Ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies)
Rabbi Joseph Robinson grew up in the town of Lake Forest, California with his parents Jay and Deborah and sisters, Sarah and Rebecca. He completed four years of undergraduate work at San Diego State University, with a Bachelors degree in Sociology, and a minor in Judaic Studies. After his secular education, Rabbi Joseph studied in Jerusalem, at the Conservative Yeshiva for two years and finished his rabbinic degree at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (located at the American Jewish University).
In San Diego, Rabbi Joseph’s involvement with the Jewish community grew. He served in both Hillel and KOACH, the Conservative movement’s college outreach program. His desire to teach was expressed while developing and implementing curriculum for Hebrew High School, and as a sixth grade educator for Congregation Beth Am, in Del Mar Heights.
Rabbi Joseph has spent several summers leading youth pilgrimages to Eastern Europe and Israel with United Synagogue Youth which is where he fell in love with informal education and the land of Israel. Prior to joining Temple Beth-El, Rabbi Joseph was the Jewish Programming Coordinator for the Amos & Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School and the Rabbi of Herzl Camp; both primarily located in Minnesota.
Rabbi Joseph owes his love for Torah learning to his rabbis and teachers at the Conservative Yeshiva as well as the multitude of community members who have shaped his experience. He feels grateful to Emily Hausman, his wife, for sharing his passion of learning and desire to create a comfortable Jewish home. It is with those values in mind that Rabbi Joseph feels blessed by the presence of his beautiful twins Ruth and Liam, as well as his youngest Ben-Ami.
After spending two years in the TBE community, Rabbi Joseph has helped foster relationships with several community organizations; empowered new lay leadership (especially in ritual practices); developed and implemented countless learning opportunities; offered engaging d’vrei torah, sermons; and has begun the implementation for a new curriculum in the religious school.
Always delighted to build bridges among community members to the tradition, please feel free to contact Rabbi Joseph with thoughts, ideas, passions and questions.