Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman founded the Foundation for Jewish Studies in 1983 and he continues to lead the Foundation as the Chairman of the Board.
Rabbi Haberman is one of six rabbis in his immediate family: three Reform, one Conservative and two Orthodox, including his son, Daniel, an Orthodox rabbi in Jerusalem who is a scholar and translator of classic Hebrew texts.
Rabbi Haberman and his wife, Maxine (a retired geriatric social worker), maintain a second home in Jerusalem. They, as well as three of their four children, made aliyah many years ago and hold Israeli citizenship.
Rabbi Haberman was born in Vienna, Austria where he was a student at the University of Vienna and Vienna's rabbinical seminary in 1938, the year of the Anschluss, the Nazi occupation of Austria. Invited by the Hebrew Union College of Cincinnati, Ohio to complete his studies, he received rabbinical ordination in 1945 and, after graduate work in Jerusalem, he earned his doctorate in modern Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew Union College.
After serving Reform congregations in Mobile, Alabama; Buffalo, New York; and Trenton, New Jersey; he was elected in 1969 to be the Senior Rabbi of Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC, and, upon his retirement in 1986, Rabbi Emeritus.
Throughout the years, he served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University and at two theological seminaries: The Washington Theological Union (Catholic) and the Wesley Theological Seminary (Methodist).
Rabbi Haberman is the author of three books: