Rabbi Joshua Z. Heller, began serving as Congregation B’nai Torah’s Head Rabbi in July 2004. Rabbi Heller touches every aspect of congregational life. He guides B’nai Torah’s families through lifecycle events, is a spiritual presence at daily and weekly religious services, and teaches in our adult education program. He is deeply involved in the lives of our preschool, religious school and day school families, our founding generation and our seniors. In addition, Rabbi Heller is responsible for ensuring that the synagogue’s kitchen, Mikvah and Eiruv meet appropriate standards.
Congregation B’nai Torah is proud that Rabbi Heller is a member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly; a select group of 25 rabbis from around the world that decide issues of Jewish law and practice for the conservative movement. Rabbi Heller also serves as the vice-president of the Southeastern region of the Rabbinical Assembly.
Rabbi Heller is the third generation in his family to be ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and is a ninth generation rabbi. Before coming to Atlanta, Rabbi Heller served as Director of Distance Learning and Educational Technology at JTS, bringing Jewish learning to over 20,000 people each week, on levels ranging from casual adult learning to Masters' level courses, and helped develop online resources like Learn.jtsa.edu. Rabbi Heller also supervised a number of initiatives within JTS to apply technology in training Rabbis, Cantors and other Jewish educators and professionals. During the period after 9/11, he also served as the rabbi of the Downtown synagogue- one of the synagogues closest to the site of the World Trade Center.
Before opting out of the dot-com boom to obtain ordination, Rabbi Heller graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard with a degree in computer science, and published original research in the Journal for Computational Neuroscience.
Rabbi Heller and his wife Wendy have 2 sons as well as a daughter. In his spare time, Rabbi Heller enjoys spending time with family, playing word games and is a fan of pop culture and science fiction.
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Saturday Mincha Services
* Saturday Afternoon Class
Following Saturday Mincha Services, please join the Rabbi's Torah Study Class