Rabbi Joel Tessler
Rabbi Joel Tessler has a B.A. in history from Yeshiva College, a M.S.W. from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Yeshiva University) in 1982. Rabbi Tessler is a past Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America, and a member of its Executive Board. Currently, he is a Vice President of the International Rabbinic Fellowship. He is the Senior Rabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland and has been Beth Sholom’s Rabbi for twenty–eight years.
Rabbi Tessler co–hosted, with his wife Aviva, a weekly radio show “Torah Talk With The Tesslers”. The Tesslers also produced, “Shabbat with the Tesslers,” a music CD that teaches the beautiful melodies of shabbat. For the past two years, the Tesslers have created SOS International, a summer travel experience for Jewish teens and are launching adult programs as well.
Rabbi Tessler has done extensive work with the elderly, adolescents and families. He is the author of “The Rabbi’s Role as Caregiver” for the book “The Rabbinate – A Calling and Vocation”.
Aviva Tessler is the Executive Director and founder of Operation Embrace, a non-profit organization based in the United States that assists injured victims of terror attacks in Israel. In her role as executive director of OE, Aviva has helped thousands of terror victims and their families. Aviva is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In addition, Aviva is a scholar of Judaic Studies and lectures internationally on topics that bridge and integrate Judaism, psychology and spirituality.
Rabbi Joel and Aviva Tessler have been married for 29 years and are the parents of two children, Roniel, twenty-four, and Saphira, twenty-one.