Rabbi Baruch Lederman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He studied in the Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva (Rabbinical Seminary of America) in Forest Hills New York, under the tutelage of the revered Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Henoch Leibowitz zt”l where he earned a degree in Pastoral Counseling and in Mesivta Tiferes Jerusalem in Manhattan New York, under HaRav Dovid Feinstein shlit”a and HaRav Michel Berenbaum zt”l where he earned his Rabbinic Ordination (Yoreh Yoreh) in 1989.
It was in the great yeshivos of New York that he received both analytical training in Talmud (Jewish Law and Jurisprudence) and the teachings of Mussar.
Mussar is the philosophy that one must not only learn Torah intellectually, but to actively use the Torah lessons to improve and strengthen character and ethical fiber.
He also absorbed the value of Harbotzas Torah, spreading Torah to all, regardless of background, affiliation or geographical considerations.
He met Debbi Ambrose whom he married in 1986. She was a highly sought after Administrative Assistant working in Torah Academy for Girls, Far Rockaway New York, and Torah High Schools of San Diego. Rabbi Lederman earned a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1989. They have children: Dovid, Rivka, Yaakov, Yichel, Sarah Baila, and Rina.
The Ledermans moved to San Diego in 1991 when Rabbi Lederman accepted a position as Rebbe (Torah Instructor) at the San Diego Hebrew Day School. Rabbi & Debbi Lederman founded the San Diego Torah Center in 1993, an adult education and outreach program serving the greater San Diego. The philosophy of the Torah Center is to make Torah Judaism accessible to every Jew regardless of knowledge or background.
The Ledermans moved to Carmel Mountain Ranch and in 1998 set out to develop a small shul, grounded in the same warm outreach philosophy, which is now known as Congregation Kehillas Torah.