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.

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 serves on the board of directors of the Kavod Tzedakah Collective, A Partnership of Faith in New York City. He also 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 holds a Corkin Family Fellowship at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. His articles have appeared in The Jewish Week, Commentary Magazine, The New York Post and The Huffington Post; and he is a contributing writer in Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman’s Prayers of Awe series.

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

Articles by Rabbi Davidson

God is in the voting booth. Forward, October 27, 2020

Finding Meaning in Rosh Hashanah amid a Pandemic. CNN Opinion, September 17, 2020 

Separating Biblical Mythology from Biblical History. The Jerusalem Post, April 24, 2019

To Fight Anti-Semitism In America, We Need To Understand Its Sources: A multi-pronged approach is needed to confront its different elements. The New York Jewish Week, November 19, 2018

I And Thou: American Jews And Israel. The New York Jewish Week, January 9, 2018

How You Can Take A Stand For Religious And Civil Liberties In Israel. The New York Jewish Week, November 20, 2017

Thankful For Troubled, Divided America. The New York Jewish Week, November 22, 2016

A ‘Most Fantastic Transition’ Still Incomplete. The New York Jewish Week, May 11, 2016

Respecting Freedom Of The Pulpit. The New York Jewish Week, April 4, 2014