Rabbi Joel Simonds: Biography


Rabbi Joel Thal Simonds is the West Coast Legislative Director for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.  Rabbis Simonds also serves as Rabbi of the Synagogue for the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, CA. For the past six years he has served as the Associate Rabbi at University Synagogue in Los Angeles.  Rabbi Simonds is a member of the Commission on Social Action; the Central Conference of American Rabbis Justice, Peace and Civil Liberties Committee; and a national board member of Repair the World. He is a founding member of the Israel Policy Forum’s Rabbinic Network and a founding member and leader of Reform California. He is married to attorney Ariella Thal Simonds, and they are the proud parents of daughter Noa and son Zev.