Yosef (Harvey) Koelner was born in Chicago and raised in an Orthodox Jewish home. His extended family is among the early Chalutzim (Pioneers) early settlers of Israel. His education includes a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Illinois State University; a Master of Ministry with a concentration in Jewish studies from Messiah Biblical University; a MA in Jewish Studies from Gratz College as well as a Doctor of Practical Ministry from Wagner Leadership Institute. Ordained by both the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues (IAMCS) and El Concilió Judío Mesiánico Internacional (The Messianic Jewish International Council) his ministry spans four decades--Rabbi of Temple Aron HaKodesh for 28 years and Rabbi Emeritus of Kehilat Bet Avinu, both in the Fort Lauderdale area. A Spanish speaker, he travels extensively throughout Latin America presenting seminars on Jewish subjects.