About josh

Rabbi Joshua Rabin is a rabbi and experienced non-profit executive and educator with over ten years of experience making game-changing impacts in leadership development, education, fundraising, and innovation. Josh obtained an MBA credential of readiness from Harvard Business School Online, a certificate in non-profit management from Columbia Business School, and a certificate in fundraising management and leadership from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy. Josh is a recipient of the Wexner Field Fellowship and the Ruskay Fellowship for Jewish Professional Leadership.

For eight years, Josh worked at USCJ (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism), most recently serving as the Senior Director of USY.    During that time, Josh directed a department with 40 employees and an $8 million budget, while setting records for increases in annual fundraising.   Prior to leading USY, Josh served as the Senior Director of Synagogue Leadership.  During that time, he served as rabbi-in-residence of Sulam Leadership, created new initiatives around LGBTQ inclusion and inclusion of interfaith families,  and served as the program director for the USCJ Convention, the largest gathering of Conservative Jews in the world.

Prior to USCJ, Josh served as the Rabbi in Residence at the Schechter School of Long Island, a K-12 Jewish Day with 400 students from across Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn.   While at Schechter, Josh established school-wide Hesed Days for Sukkot and Purim, served as the founding advisor of our national champion Moot Beit Din team, and partnered with national Jewish organizations such as American Jewish World Service, Bible Raps, Keshet, Ma’yan, and Beit Teshuvah.   Josh expanded the school’s adult learning, including creating the “Night of Jewish Learning,” an annual event where over 250 members of the Long Island Jewish community came together to study Torah with Schechter faculty, community rabbis, and educators.

While in rabbinical school, Josh served two terms as student body president, and provided rabbinic leadership for a variety of institutions, serving as rabbi at Shaar Shalom Congregation, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, rabbinic intern at the University of Pennsylvania Hillel, founding rabbi of the “Blue Line Jews” in Northwest Chicago, and a hospice chaplain at Beth Israel Medical Center. Josh also took a special interest in experiential Jewish education, teaching history at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School, serving as the Community Educator for the Genesis Program at Brandeis University, and spending six summers as a Group Leader and counselor for USY on Wheels.   Finally, Josh is a trained Community Organizer with the Jewish Funds for Justice, a former rabbinic intern at the Jewish Outreach Institute and Mechon Hadar, and ran on the first-ever New York Marathon team sponsored by the American Jewish World Service.

In his spare time, Josh loves training for his next triathlon, reading three books at one time, debating the candidates on Top Chef and Shark Tank, continuing his campaign to be the official rabbi of Fantasy Football, and playing his guitar.  Most importantly, Josh is married to his best friend, Rabbi Yael Hammerman, and they are the parents of Hannah, Shai, and Ella.

Education

  • Certificate in Fundraising Leadership: Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 2021
  • Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership: Columbia Business School, 2020
  • Executive Education Certificate: Columbia Business School, 2019
  • Certificate in Fundraising Management: Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 2019
  • Executive Education Certificate: Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2014
  • MBA Credential of Readiness: Harvard Business School Online, 2020
  • Rabbinic Ordination: Jewish Theological Seminary, 2011
  • MA, Jewish Education: William Davidson School of Education, 2011- High Honors
  • Specialization in Pastoral Counseling: Center for Pastoral Care, 2011
  • BA- Philosophy and Jewish Studies: University of Maryland, College Park, 2005
  • Citation from University Honors College
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Union Theological Seminary- Studies in Psychiatry and Religion
  • Schechter Institute in Jewish Studies- Special track in Jewish Law and Codes

Professional Certifications

  • LUMA Institute: Fundamentals of Innovation through Human-Centered Design (2017)
  • Rockwood Leadership Institute: The Art of Leadership (2016)
  • Minds at Work: Immunity to Change Facilitator (2015)
  • Facing History Foundation: Facing History Educator (2012)
  • Keshet: Hineni LGBTQ Educator (2012)
  • Jewish Theological Seminary: One unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (2011)
  • JOIN for Justice: Community Organizing Training (2009)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Wexner Foundation Field Fellowship- Class 2 (2018)
  • Ruskay Institute of Jewish Professional Leadership- Inaugural Fellow (2015)
  • Tikvah Institute Fellowship in Jewish Thought- Jewish Theological Seminary (2010)
  • Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellowship- Jewish Theological Seminary (2009)
  • Rabbi Joel Roth Prize in Halakhah- Jewish Theological Seminary (2009)
  • Crown Family Foundation Rabbinic Fellowship- Jewish Theological Seminary (2005)
  • Diane and Michael Epstein Hillel Leadership Award- University of Maryland (2005)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society- University of Maryland (2005)

Organizational Leadership

  • Jewish Theological Seminary: Rabbinical School Advisory
  • Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan: Education Committee
  • Jewish Women International: Clergy Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Abuse
  • Jewish Theological Seminary: Student Body President (2009-2011)

4 thoughts on “About josh

  1. Josh,
    When I saw you today, instead of telling the story of your grandfathers smoking habit, I should’ve shared with you a wonderful true story about your dad’s menschlichkeit: your dad was the head of the committee to negotiate my renewal contract. I don’t remember the details, but there was something that had been promised to me verbally, which at a subsequent meeting, some members of the committee sought to renege on. Your father said, “as long as I am chair of this committee, we will honor our verbal, as well as our written commitments.” And whatever that commitment had been, it stayed. Your father is a Mench.
    But of course, you already know that.
    Great re-connecting with you.

    Cantor Elias Roochvarg

    1. Cantor Roochvarg

      Thank you so much for sharing that story. That was beautiful, and I was honored to share it with my father. Mazal Tov on your retirement.

      Kol Tuv,
      Josh

  2. Hi! My name is Assata Cisse. I am a senior in college. I am doing a research project on pastors or religious leaders on their view on the LGBT community. I have some questions. Please email back as soon as possible!

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