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Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson

• 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

“I am thrilled and honored to be selected by the Search Committee and nominated by the Board of Trustees to serve as Temple Emanu-El’s next senior rabbi.

It is truly humbling to follow in the footsteps of my beloved colleagues Rabbis David Posner and Ronald Sobel and all the giants of the rabbinate who preceded them at this extraordinary congregation.

In a very short time, I have grown so fond of the clergy, staff and the many Temple leaders I have met, and know that the years ahead will be full of joy for me, and, I hope, great excitement for the Emanu-El family.”

RABBI JOSHUA DAVIDSON comes to Temple Emanu-El from Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, where he was senior rabbi. Prior to his arrival at Temple Beth El in 2002, Rabbi Davidson served for five years at Central Synagogue in New York City, advising that synagogue’s award-winning Social Action Committee.

Rabbi Davidson’s work has included anti-death penalty advocacy, gay/lesbian inclusion and interfaith dialogue. In November 2009, Rabbi Davidson was honored for his interfaith efforts by the American Jewish Committee and the Westchester Jewish Council. His doctoral work will compare the story of Noah in Rabbinic, Christian and Muslim sources.

Rabbi Davidson serves on the board of directors of the Kavod Tzedakah Collective, and he is a member of the Hebrew Union College 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.

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