became rabbi of Bet Torah after serving 9 years at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, MN. While in Minnesota Rabbi Brusso created an active group of young Jews in their 20s and 30s, taught Talmud, facilitated a study group on the writings of Abraham Joshua Heschel, coordinated family trips to Israel, chaired the Minnesota Rabbinical Association and participated in the creation of a group that reaches out to members isolated because of age or illness. Rabbi Brusso also dedicated his time to issues of social justice by serving on the boards of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition and Jewish Community Action. He currently is co-chair of Koach, the Conservative Movement’s national presence on campus.
Rabbi Brusso grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago where he attended Solomon Schechter Day School, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and was active in United Synagogue Youth. He attended American University in Washington, DC where he received a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies. While in Washington he worked at the Supreme Court of the United States and interned on Capital Hill for his congressman and senator. He was also a leader on campus at Hillel.
One day during his senior year of college, Rabbi Brusso’s Hillel director took him out to lunch and suggested that instead of law school he should consider rabbinical school. The following year he enrolled at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received ordination from the Rabbinical School and an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy from the Graduate School. He was also awarded the Elbogen Fellowship Memorial Prize in Talmud and the Reverend Zvi Hirsch Masliansky Award in Homiletics.
While in Rabbinical School, Rabbi Brusso served as youth director at Temple Israel in Great Neck and Coordinator of USY Eastern European Programs for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in addition to acting as group leader for USY Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar.
When not attending to pulpit duties, Rabbi Brusso enjoys writing, following politics, running and quaffing fine craft ales and lagers.
Rabbi Brusso is married to Hana Gruenberg, a native of New Rochelle. Together they have three Minnesota born children: Sari, Zoe and Ilan- please be patient as their accents undergo a transitional period.