A Rabbi in Poland: Mission Accomplished
It’s been almost 13 years since Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis was appointed to serve as the emissary for Shavei Israel in Katowice, Poland, and he, and his wife, Raissa, made the move there from Jerusalem. After 5 years in Katowice and 8 in Warsaw, working side by side with the Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Ellis has completed his mission there – and truly made his mark in the country.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Rabbi Yehoshua Ellis studied at various Yeshivot in Jerusalem before receiving his rabbinical ordination from the Shehebar Sephardic Center. He is also a certified Shochet, or ritual kosher slaughterer. Twenty years ago, he served as a community volunteer in Warsaw, where he developed a powerful bond with the Polish Jewish community and decided to devote himself to strengthening it.
Ellis saw that they needed rabbis in Poland so he thought he’d become one to help fill that need. While in yeshiva studied to become a rabbi, he would go to Poland during the breaks for Jewish holidays and lead services there. In 2007 he met Raissa in Poland on one of his regular stints leading holiday prayer services. They were married the following year in Jerusalem where they remained for two years while he finished his rabbinical ordination.