Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz has been TBDJ’s spiritual leader since September 1996. Prior to that, he served congregations in Mount Vernon, New York, and Jersey City, New Jersey.
He received his ordination from Yeshiva University, where he was a fellow of the elite Gruss Kollel Elyon. He has a M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and a M.A. in Education from Adelphi University. He has completed Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) and Meorot Rabbinic fellowships.
Rabbi Steinmetz writes a regular column for the Canadian Jewish News (Several of these articles can be found on the Internet here and here). His articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, The Gazette and La Presse, as well as the The Jerusalem Post and the Forward and many other Jewish newspapers. He also has an online blog of articles "The Happiness Warrior", which is frequently updated.
Rabbi Steinmetz is the Past President of the Montreal Board of Rabbis, Past President of the Rabbinical Council of Canada, and past Vice President of the Quebec Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress, a member of the executive of Quebec Israel Committee (QIC) and Hillel-Jewish Students Center of Montreal. He was the Rabbi for the 2005 March of the Living. He is a member of the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America.
He was the co-chair of the Synagogue division of the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 Federation/CJA campaign and co-chair of Super Sunday 2000, was the recipient of the Federation/CJA’s 2001 Gertrude and Henry Plotnick Young Leadership Award, and was the chair of the 2004 Young Leadership Campaign.
He is married to Lisa Schwartz, and they have 4 children; Akiva, Hillel, Eitan and Ilana.