Rabbi Joshua Hoffman joined the Valley Beth Shalom rabbinic staff after being ordained from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2003. He also received his M.A. in Education from the American Jewish University in 1999 and his B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1996. Joshua teaches in the greater Los Angeles Jewish community, including as a lecturer in courses on Liturgy and Essential Jewish Texts at the American Jewish University, as a teacher in the Florence Melton Graduate Studies Program of the Conejo and West Valleys, and as a guest lecturer at Los Angeles Hebrew High School.
He is actively building a dynamic community at Valley Beth Shalom while working with the various schools and lay committees. Last year, he was instrumental in forming The Brotherhood, a young men’s group attracting men ages 18-50 to actively participate in Jewish life and in creating Our Jewish Home – a membership orientation initiative designed to introduce new families to the joys of Jewish community.
Rabbi Hoffman serves on the Executive Committee for the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, the West Valley Rabbinic Task Force, and PEER Alumni Network, a select national program training young rabbis to lead the Jewish community toward a vibrant future.
Joshua is married to Rabbi Becky, a Reform rabbi from HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. Together they have three children, Ethan, Arianna, and Elizabeth. As an amateur yogi, one of his favorite quotes is from David ben Gurion, who often posed on his head, “I stand on my head so I can see the world right side up.”