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Meet Rabbi Berkenwald

Rabbi BerkenwaldRabbi Josh Berkenwald joined Congregation Sinai in San Jose, California, in July 2007.  He is proud to be the spiritual leader of a diverse congregation that embraces people of all ages and backgrounds who seek meaningful ways to be Jewish.  In addition to serving Congregation Sinai, Rabbi Berkenwald sits on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.

Rabbi Berkenwald received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City in 2007.  He earned his B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1997, which included a year of study in Jerusalem.  Rabbi Berkenwald was born in Atlanta, Georgia, grew up in Mercer Island, Washington, and has also lived in Vancouver, Canada.

Rabbi Berkenwald - Purim 2013

Rabbi Berkenwald during Purim 2013 (not real tattoos)

Rabbi Berkenwald lives in San Jose with his wife, Dana, and children, Noa and Solly.  He enjoys playing acoustic and electric guitar, running, hiking, reading, watching movies, and cooking when he can find the time.

You can read some of Rabbi Berkenwald's past sermons at his blog, located at www.rebyehoshua.org.