Rabbi Zeff

Rabbi Joel and Donna Zeff with their nine children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren

Rabbi Joel Zeff  holds a BA from UCLA, in Hebrew Language, an MS in Jewish History from Yeshiva University, and received Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He served as the spiritual leader of the Westwood Kehilla congregation in Los Angeles for seven years before moving to Israel in 1994. Under his leadership, the Westwood Kehilla became one of the most dynamic outreach-oriented synagogues in America. For the decade since making aliya he was Senior Lecturer at the David Shapell College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. From 2005 to 2010 Rabbi Zeff worked with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in his Ohr Torah Stone Institutions. For the first two years, Rabbi Zeff was the founding director of the Glassman Center for Humanity (now known as the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding). From  2007  to 2010, Rabbi Zeff served as Rosh Yeshiva/Dean of Yeshivat Torat Yosef-Hamivtar, succeeding its founder, Rabbi Chaim Brovender. During his tenure, the yeshiva experienced significant growth. Rabbi Zeff is internationally known as a particularly exciting and edifying speaker and teacher.

Rabbi Zeff led Congregation Kenesset Israel Torah Center, located in Sacramento, California from September, 2012 until August 2016. His teaching inspired an eclectic group of committed people eager to learn, participate and explore the many fascinating aspects of traditional Judaism.

Rabbi Zeff now lives in Alon Shvut, Israel, and learns on-line with a select number of students searching for a unique, inspiring and exciting encounter with traditional and modern Jewish literature. He also offers CBT-based counciling, in-person or on-line as well. For more information about learning with Rabbi Zeff, contact him at jnzeff@gmail.com, or visit his new web site: Tailor Made Torah.