Rabbi Joshua Fenton was ordained in 2007 at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the Conservative movement's west coast seminary. While at Ziegler, Rabbi 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, Rabbi Fenton also received masters degrees in education and rabbinic studies, both from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.
In 2007 Rabbi Fenton 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 Jewish family education and engagement as well as innovative program design. While at the Center for Jewish Life and Learning Rabbi Fenton also founded the Silicon Valley Jewish Music Festival hosting artists such as David Broza, David Grisman and Andy Statman, and Matisyahu.
In 2011 Rabbi Fenton 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 Rabbi Fenton 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.
Rabbi Fenton has taught in a variety of settings, both formal and informal, including day schools, supplemental schools, camps, JCC's, Hillels, and universities. He loves to teach classical Jewish text, primarily Torah and Talmud, and has worked with both teachers and parents alike, supporting them in personal and professional explorations of Jewish living and thought. His writing focuses on Jewish communal leadership, educational leadership, and family engagement and education.
Rabbi Fenton lives with his family in Berkeley, California. When not teaching or writing, Rabbi Fenton enjoys playing music, cooking, snowboarding, playing basketball, coaching youth sports, gardening, and spending time outside in nature, with his family.
If you'd like to reach Rabbi Fenton you can contact him through twitter @YoshiFenton or email to firstname.lastname@example.org