Rabbi Brandon Bernstein

Director, Jewish Learning

he/his Encinitas, CA

As the Director of Jewish Learning, Rabbi Brandon envisions ways to bring ancient wisdom to contemporary times, empowering communities and individuals to create new meaning out of their tradition. With the help of his team, Brandon makes Torah fun, accessible, and easily transmittable so Jews around the world can take ownership of their own Judaism. Brandon loves comic books, short story collections, improv, communal singing, and, of course, learning Torah with others. He also owns 157 board games, so he’s pretty sure he can find one you would enjoy playing after a Shabbat meal!

Why did he apply for the position at Moishe House? “Because of the energy and kindness of everybody on staff! Yes, I was drawn to Moishe House initially because of its incredible reputation for engagement, but I continued pursuing the job because of how passionate (and yet chill) everyone on staff appeared.”

Brandon grew up in Palmdale, California, then received a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Before joining the team at Moishe House, Brandon lived in Chicago and served as the Campus Rabbi at Northwestern Hillel.