Joseph Shamash, UCLA

Joseph Shamash, UCLA

Joseph Shamash is a Jewish Persian Cowboy. He was born in Dallas, Texas to Iranian immigrants and lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles, California where he graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology. Joseph’s first career was in the entertainment industry where he worked as an editor, producer and research manager for DIRECTV, Fox Sports, TMZ, AOL, and OTX-IPSOS.

In 2011, he left LA to learn at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem where he fell in love with Jewish texts, Hebrew calligraphy, meditation and more. Fusing his filmmaking background, he created the One Wish Project - an award winning film project that seeks to create a more unified world by sharing stories of the “other.”

He is currently in his final year at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and also pursuing his MA in Education at American Jewish University. Joseph is married to Allie Peha Shamash and has a wonderful son, Benjamin, who is obsessed with blueberries.