Rabbi Joshua Rabin is the Senior Director of Teen Engagement at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), where he directs USY (United Synagogue Youth) across North America and Israel. Josh obtained a certificate in educational leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a certificate in non-profit management from Columbia Business School. Josh is a recipient of the Wexner Field Fellowship and the Ruskay Fellowship for Jewish Professional Leadership.
Since 2014, Rabbi Josh served in a variety of capacities at USCJ, most recently 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 exercising, 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 learning to play his guitar. Most importantly, Josh is married to his best friend, Rabbi Yael Hammerman, and they are parents of Hannah and Shai.
For more information, please read the sections below, or check out Josh’s resume page.
- 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
- 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
- Rabbi Joel Roth Prize in Halakhah, 2009
- BA- Philosophy and Jewish Studies: University of Maryland, College Park, 2005
- Citatation 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
- 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)
- 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)