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Rabbi Yossi Bryski was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at the United Lubavitcher Yeshivoth through high school and graduated with a NY Regents diploma. He then went on to study at the Beit Hamedrash of Yeshiva Gedola in the Golders Green community of London, England. When he returned to the US, he attended the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ. As part of their exchange program, Rabbi Bryski was sent to establish a Yeshiva in the Old Jewish Ghetto of Venice, Italy, where he prepared for his Semicha. After extensive study of various sacred works including Talmud, Kabbalah and Halacha, Rabbi Bryski received his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Gershon Mendel Garelik, the Av Beit Din of Italy, Rabbi Noam Wagner, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ohr Menachem in Johannesburg and Rabbi Shmuel Ashkenazi, chief rabbi of the Kfar Chabad community in Israel.

Shterni Bryski was born in Toronto where she attended Bais Yaakov. Her family moved to Skokie, Illinois after her Bat Mitzvah where she attended Bnos Rabbeinu High School in Chicago. Shterni then travelled to Israel for one year at the Machon Shoshana Seminary in Jerusalem. She returned to the US and worked as a dorm counselor and teacher at Beis Chana in Los Angeles.

After their marriage in 2002, Rabbi Yossi and Shterni lived in New York for 18 months and attended Kollel. In 2003, they moved out to Scripps Ranch in S. Diego, CA, where they served as Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the local area for nearly 3 years.

In March of 2005, the Bryskis tragically lost their son. In the years that followed, Rabbi Bryski visited various communities to deliver a talk about this life-changing event. Drawing on profound Jewish sources, as well as his personal experiences with tragedy and grief, Rabbi Bryski provided inspiring and motivating insights into Judaism’s fundamental concepts of faith and trust. He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured throughout the US.

The Bryskis moved to Scottsdale in 2007 where they became Directors of Adult Education at the Jewish Learning Center. The center offered study groups on the weekly Parsha, Talmud, Rambam, Tanya, Jewish Holidays, and basic Judaism. There were also classes based on the teachings of Kabbalah and Chasidic Philosophy. Rabbi Bryski assumed Judaic teaching positions at various schools in the community including Shalom Montessori, Shearim Girls High School, Phoenix Hebrew Academy and Pardes Jewish Day School. He is famous for his use of stories and parables to bring the subject matter to life. Rabbi Bryski’s young students stand out as proud Jews who are excited about their Jewish identity.