Rabbi Yehoshua Weber is the founder of the Ohr Tzvi young men’s learning and social program, a maggid shiur at Beis Medrash Or Chaim and a teacher at Ateres Bais Yaakov, all in Monsey, NY.
He is Rabbi Emeritus of Toronto’s Clanton Park Synagogue, where he was a member of the beis din, served in many areas of community leadership and founded NeXTJeN, an innovative Toronto young adults’ program.
He has lectured widely in North America, Russia and the Ukraine, has spoken at Agudah, rabbinic and many other conventions and alongside Prime Minster Netanyahu at Merkaz HaRav’s Yom Yerushalayim memorial and joined Prime Minister Harper as a rabbinic representative on Canada’s 2014 Israel mission.
He is renowned for shiurim that address complex contemporary issues and that add historical and social context, for bringing Midrashim to life and for heartfelt, inspirational derashos.
He has maintained regular columns and has been published in many periodicals, including Mishpacha and the Jewish Press and writes a popular weekly parsha column.
His exposure to many worlds – he learned in BMG, has semicha from Chaim Berlin and studied at Y.U.’s Revel graduate school, allows him to connect with an extraordinarily broad gamut of people, as does his fluent Hebrew and Yiddish.
His home in Monsey, as it was in Toronto, is open to young people searching for warmth, counsel and for a home away from home.
He and his wife Leah, a special education teacher, have seven children and have fostered children for many years, including the Lev Tahor children.