Rabbi Joshua Samuels
Prior to Temple Beth Hillel, Rabbi Samuels received his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem and Los Angeles. It was during these 5 years that he served Jewish communities in Santa Barbara and Temecula, CA. Samuels also honed his skills in providing pastoral care to hospice and hospital patients working at UCLA Medical Center and Kaiser Home Hospice. In addition, he was the recipient of The Samson H. Levey Memorial Prize for showing greatest promise in the study of Rabbinic literature and Talmud.
Rabbi Samuels attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a B.S. in Marketing. For six years, prior to entering rabbinical school, Samuels worked in institutional equity sales and brokerage operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles at Sutro & Co., Sanders Morris Harris and Stone & Youngberg, LLC.
Rabbi Samuels is originally from San Francisco. He comes to Bellingham with his wife Nicole, a registered nurse, and their two children, Eytan and Shoshana.
Rabbi In the Community
Hospital Advisory Board
Rabbi Samuels recently accepted an invitation to sit on the Professional Advisory Board at Saint Joseph's Hospital. This committee oversees the hospital's Clinical Pastoral Program which trains people to become spiritual care providers.
Celebration of Hope
Rabbi Samuels recently gave the closing benediction at Interfaith Coalition's Celebration of Hope Event event. Read his remarks here.
WWU STUDENTS VISIT BI
Steve Hoffman's "American Jewish Experience" students from Western Washington University visited Congregation Beth Israel in April 2013.