Rabbi Joshua Hoffman is currently the president and CEO of the Academy for Jewish Religion California (www.ajrca.edu). For the past 25 years Rabbi Joshua Hoffman has studied and practiced as a pulpit Rabbi in the Southern California area. He proudly served Congregation Valley Beth Shalom in Encino from 2003-2021. As an ordinee of the fifth class of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, he received prestigious awards and achieved a M.A. in Rabbinic Studies in 2003. He also received his M.A. in Education from the American Jewish University in 1999 and his B.A. in English and American Literature from Brandeis University in 1996. Over the years, he cultivated extensive experience with the Los Angeles and North American Jewish communities, serving in positions of leadership in the Rabbinical Assembly, Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din, and the JFNA Rabbinic Cabinet. Joshua teaches in the greater Los Angeles Jewish community, and was a lecturer in courses on Liturgy and Essential Jewish Texts at the American Jewish University. He publishes widely, including a series of Torah portion commentaries for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Joshua is married to Rabbi Becky Hoffman and lives with their three children in Sherman Oaks, California.