Rabbi Daniel Bortz
I grew up in San Diego, California, via Cape Town, South Africa. After a turbulent time in high school, I started exploring Judaism and focusing on my inner spiritual development. After 1 year at UC Santa Barbara, I left to Jerusalem to delve into understanding the meaning of life on a deeper level, embarking on a 6 year journey into Jewish thought, studying Biblical, Talmudic and Jewish mystical teachings in schools around the world.
Upon returning to California with my Rabbinic degree, I founded JTEEN of San Diego, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering teenagers. I'm a sports enthusiast who competes in Brazilian Jiu [Jew] Jitsu tournaments; I love music and annually serve the needs of thousands of visitors at the Coachella Music Festival. I'm always looking to fuse ancient Jewish wisdom with 21st century life and pop culture, approaching every moment as an opportunity to elevate myself and my surroundings for a greater purpose