Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended the University of Michigan and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he also received his Doctor of Divinity.
In July, 2013, Rabbi Aaronson became our Senior Rabbi. Prior to coming to California, he served as the first rabbi of Temple Har Shalom in Park City, Utah, Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Zion of Buffalo and Fairmount Temple of Cleveland, as the acting Senior Rabbi of Fairmount Temple and as the Rabbi of Temple David in Perth, Australia.
Recognized for his love of Torah and his easy ability to teach Torah, Talmud, and Mishnah, he is equally known for his dry wit, his love of music, and his passion for all Philadelphia sports teams.
Prior to his role as our Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Aaronson supervised the enormous growth at Temple Har Shalom, where membership grew from about 100 households to over 300. He created such notable programs as Ski Shule at Deer Valley (the only ski-in/ski-out Shabbat worship service in the world); a partnership with the Sundance Film Festival, including Shabbat at Sundance and programs honoring Israeli film makers with films in the festival.
Rabbi Aaronson has served on numerous boards and civic organizations including the People's Health Clinic, the Summit County Sheriff's advisory board and the Westminster College Hillel Advisory Board. Rabbi Aaronson is a rabbinic fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Aaronson is married to Debbie, a pharmaceutical sales executive. They have 3 children.