Watch Rabbi Joseph Dweck’s address at his installation as Senior Rabbi to the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation, September 21st 2014 at Bevis Marks Synagogue, London.
The Emeritus Spiritual Head of Bevis Marks Synagogue, Rabbi Abraham Levy, hailed Rabbi Dweck as “exciting, learned and tolerant”.
Rabbi Dweck is American born and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York. After high school, he studied in Jerusalem at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia under the tutelage of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”l. He also studied psychology and philosophy at Santa Monica College in California. He received his Semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Ovadia Yosef under the auspices of the Sephardic Rabbinical College of Brooklyn, New York.
Rabbi Dweck served as rabbi of Congregation Shaare Shalom, a Syrian Sephardi synagogue of over 700 members, in Brooklyn, New York from 1999 to 2014. Rabbi Dweck also served as Headmaster of Barkai Yeshivah, a large Jewish day school in Brooklyn from 2010 to 2014. He has an eclectic taste for music and has received training as a hazzan in the Oriental Sephardi tradition by Rabbi Rephael Elnadav z”l and Cantor Moshe Habusha. Rabbi Dweck lives with his wife, Margalit, and five children, in London.