Rabbi Edward Davis received smicha from Yeshiva University (YU) in New York City, where he studied under Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik z"l. Rabbi Davis graduated with a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Jewish History from YU, and studied Operations Research in the Masters program at New York University. He also pursued post graduate education at the Netzach Israel Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem, Israel.
Currently serving as the morah d’atrah of the Young Israel of Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Florida since 1981, Rabbi Davis previously served as the Rabbi of Keneseth Beth Israel in Richmond, Virginia. A lecturer par excellence, Rabbi Davis first taught Bible and Talmud in Lincoln Square Synagogue's adult education program,the Joseph Shapiro Academy, in New York City. At the Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia, he taught subjects including Biblical Hebrew, Advanced Biblical Literature, Rabbinic Judaism, History & Theology of Modern Jewish Denominations, Holocaust: Theological Responses, and American Jewish History. He continues to give lecture series throughout South Florida and beyond.
A leader in the area of kashrut, Rabbi Davis worked with the Orthodox Union and founded the ORB (Orthodox Rabbinical Board) of Broward and Palm Beach counties. The ORB is one of the largest local vaads in the country, with over 100 places under its hashgacha.
Rabbi Davis, together with his beloved wife, Meira, have proudly raised nine children, four of whom now reside in Israel. Grandparents to a constantly growing number of grandchildren, Rabbi Davis and Meira are extremely grateful to Hashem for their wonderful and close family.
Rabbi Yosef Weinstock was born and raised in New Haven, CT. During his childhood, his hometown synagogue was more than just a place to pray on Saturday mornings: it was a focal point of family and community life. These memories had a lasting effect in determining his chosen profession.
Rabbi Weinstock attended Yeshiva University, beginning with high school. After two years of study at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, he returned to Yeshiva University where he graduated summa cum laude with a major in history. Rabbi Weinstock received his Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (at Yeshiva University) with a concentration in pulpit rabbinics. He also earned a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work with a concentration in casework.
Rabbi Weinstock worked for 4 years for the New England Region of NCSY (formerly National Conference of Synagogue Youth), first as a Regional Advisor and later as a Chapter Director. In this capacity, he wrote educational materials, oversaw leadership training of teens and pre-teens, and trained other collegiate advisors on the mental health aspects of working with teenagers.
Rabbi Weinstock also served as Interim Rabbi of a Jewish nursing home. This experience, coupled with his graduate work at a Meals-On-Wheels facility sensitized him to the strengths and needs of the senior population.
Prior to coming to Hollywood 12 years ago, Rabbi Weinstock served as the Director of Special Projects at the Jewish Family Service in Clifton, New Jersey. His responsibilities included counseling teenagers, managing a resource center for parents of children with special needs, serving as liaison to the local Rabbis, grant writing and monitoring.
Rabbi Weinstock is married to Rebecca (Schenker), a speech therapist for Broward County Schools. They are blessed with four children: Yaakov, Shoshana, Avi and Eitan
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