Our synagogue is led by a dynamic leadership team made up of our lay leaders, Zekanim and Board of Directors, and guided by our clergy, who all work together in the spiritual direction of our community.
Rabbi Joshua Brumbach - Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Joshua’s passion is often described as “infectious,” “contagious,” and “deeply inspiring.” He speaks in congregations and conferences around the country, blogs regularly at Yinon Blog, and is a frequent contributor to several publications.
He is an accredited Jewish educator, has studied in various Jewish institutions including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe, and is ordained by the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council. He is currently completing a doctorate in rabbinic literature, holds a MJS in Rabbinic Writings from MJTI, a BA in Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations and Biblical Studies from UCLA, and an AA in Anthropology from Mt. Hood Community College. His recent book, Jude: On Faith and the Destructive Influence of Heresy (April 2014), is available through Lederer/Messianic Jewish Publishers.
Rabbi Joshua additionally serves as an adjunct instructor for the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI), Vice-President of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council, on several committees of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), and on the Administration Committee for the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA).
He is also an avid mountain biker, loves the outdoors, is married to Monique, the Executive Director of the UMJC, and they have a Kindergarten-age son.
Rabbi Michael A. Kashdan
Rabbi Michael Kashdan has served in various roles within our community since 1999. Before coming to Ahavat Zion, Rabbi Kashdan served as the spiritual leader of a congregation in Orange County. He holds a BA in History from Ohio State University; M.Div. in Pastoral Counseling from Trinity International University; M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University; and holds smikha through the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). He additionally holds a secondary credential in Social Science from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and is a public school teacher in Orange County. He is married to Beth and they have an adult son.
Cantor N. Vetter
Cantor Vetter is a licensed therapist and has served our congregation for over 35 years. He first began attending when Ahavat Zion was still located in the San Fernando Valley in a storefront on Reseda Blvd. He is a former Theater Arts Major and has worked in Theater, film, radio and commercials. He also previously trained and sang in opera throughout the United States.
It is his hope that the next generation of cantors will continue to grow in commitment to our rich tradition of worship even as we make room for alternative enrichment, participation and expression in this aspect of our community life. He invites you to join with us each week as we retell the story of our people from creation, to the giving of the Torah, the coming of Mashiach and G-d’s promises to His People to restore Israel for a glorious future.