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Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson is the senior rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. From 2002 through 2013 he served as senior rabbi of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester in Chappaqua, New York, and from 1997 to 2002 as assistant and associate rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York City, advising that synagogue’s award-winning Social Action Committee.

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A graduate of Princeton University and ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Davidson’s work has included anti-death penalty advocacy, gay/lesbian inclusion and interfaith dialogue. In 2009, he was honored for his interfaith efforts by the Westchester Jewish Council and the American Jewish Committee, on whose New York board he sits.

Rabbi Davidson at a Glance...

• Born in Great Neck, N.Y., and
   son of Rabbi Jerome K. Davidson

• Bachelor’s degree in English
   language and literature
   (Princeton University, 1990)

• Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters,
   Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
   of Religion (Los Angeles, 1995)

• Rabbinical ordination,
   Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
   of Religion (New York, 1997)

• Married to Cantor Mia Fram Davidson
   with two daughters, Helena and Mikaela
Rabbi Davidson also serves on the board of directors of the Kavod Tzedakah Collective, and he is a member of the Hebrew Union College Board of Governors, HUC President’s Rabbinic Council and the Clergy Advisory Board of Interfaith Impact of New York State. He is a past president of both the Westchester Board of Rabbis and the Chappaqua Interfaith Council. From 2001 to 2006, he served as chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Committee on Justice, Peace and Religious Liberties and vice-chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. He also has chaired the Commission’s task force on Israel and world affairs. He is a past board member of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America.

Rabbi Davidson’s articles have appeared in The Jewish Week, The New York Post and The Huffington Post. He also is a contributing writer in Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman’s Prayers of Awe series.

Rabbi Davidson, over the last two years, has guided Congregation Emanu-El through a revisioning to meet the needs of the 21st century.

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