Rabbi Joe Wolfson

National Chessed Coordinator

Rabbi Joe Wolfson, National Chesed Coordinator grew up in London but has spent most of the last decade studying, working, and loving life in Israel. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Bet Morasha, through which he received his semikha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He thought he was going into politics and did degrees at Cambridge ,where he was president of the Jewish Society and UCL. He decided to go into Jewish education and has taught texts on four continents primarily as a faculty member of London School of Jewish Studies.

Beyond music, good books, cycling and HBO, Rabbi Joe is passionate about the way in which texts link up to larger issues of Jewish identity. He has worked in areas as diverse as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, religious-secular relations in Israel, and European Jewish communities. Now he is excited to return to school and be at the heart of Jewish learning and life at NYU.