Rabbi Nechemia Vogel was born in London, England, in 1955 and was educated in Lubavitcher Yeshivot in Paris, Israel and New York where he received Semicha (Rabbinical Ordination) and Dayanut (Rabbinical Judge Certification). As a student he began teaching and lecturing in various communities. In 1976 and 1977 Rabbi Vogel went on lecture tours of Germany, Norway and Denmark, U.S. Air Force bases in England, and Nebraska and Nevada. In May of 1981 he was sent on a clandestine teaching mission to Moscow, then under Communist rule.
For the past 23 years Rabbi Vogel has served as the founding director of Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester, an outreach educational organization that promotes Jewish identity. Through the years he has taught extensively at all levels on a wide variety of Torah topics, with special emphasis on Chassidic Philosophy based on the teachings of Kabbalah, Jewish Mysticism.
Rabbi Vogel and his wife, Masha, are the proud parents of ten children and have recently become new grandparents.