Joshua "Yoshi" Fenton was ordained in 2007 at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the Conservative movement's west coast seminary. While at Ziegler, Fenton worked as the Rabbinic Intern for Temple Beth Am, as the Rabbi in Residence at Kadima Jewish Day School, and as the Director of Leadership Programs at Camp Alonim. During his stay in Los Angeles, he also received masters degrees in education and rabbinic studies, both from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.
In 2007 Yoshi became the founding director of the Silicon Valley Center for Jewish Life and Learning at the Addison Penzak JCC. There he won numerous awards for excellence in education and programming while emerging as a leading voice on family education and engagement as well as innovative program design. While at the Center for Jewish Life and Learning Yoshi also founded the Jewbilee Jewish Learning Festival and the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival.
In 2011 Yoshi joined Jewish LearningWorks in San Francisco as Associate Director. There he led numerous innovation and engagement projects, developing programs and curricula for educators, families, youth, and adult learners.
In 2015 he was hired as the founding Executive Director of Studio 70, A Jewish Learning Laboratory. Studio 70 is the home of the Nitzan Network, the Edah afterschool program, and the Jewish Learning Innovation Corps.
Yoshi lives with his family in Berkeley, California. When not teaching or writing, he enjoys playing music, cooking, snowboarding, playing basketball, coaching youth sports, gardening, and spending time outside in nature, with his family.