Rabbi Yehoshua Fass is Co-Founder of Nefesh B’Nefesh and has served as the organization’s Executive Director since 2002. After receiving his rabbinic ordination and degrees in biology and education from Yeshiva University, Rabbi Fass assumed the position of Associate Rabbi of the Boca Raton Synagogue of Florida and served as a member of the Beit Din of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council.
After an Israeli relative of Rabbi Fass’ was murdered in March 2001 by a terrorist bombing, he was compelled to embark on a personal mission, which in the following years made a significant impact on the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Together with Tony Gelbart, he founded Nefesh B’Nefesh, which revolutionized western Aliyah by removing the financial, professional and logistical obstacles that prevent many individuals from actualizing their dreams. The Organization has revamped the Aliyah process making the idea of moving to Israel a more realistic option for many.
Since its establishment in 2002, the organization has assisted over 50,000 Western Olim and has maintained a retention rate of over 90%. Nefesh B’Nefesh Olim contribute greatly to the social, economic and demographic welfare of Israeli society by serving in the IDF, settling in Israel’s cities and periphery, and boosting economic growth, while infusing the country with idealistic enthusiasm and optimism.
Rabbi Fass lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and seven children, including four native born Israelis.