Clergy

Our Rabbi

Rabbi Joshua Stanton puts Jewish learning, pastoral care, and social justice organizing first. You may have already seen him on CNN or in a documentary film, or read about him in syndicated media and publications that have appeared in ten languages. But he most loves connecting with people individually and supporting their journeys in life.

Rabbi Josh was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013, where he received numerous awards and honors, including the David G. Sacks Prize for General Academic Excellence, the Rabbi M. Cohen Award for Ecumenical Studies and the Rabbi Samuel J. Levinson Prize in Religion and the Humanities. Additionally, while at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Josh was the Founding co-Editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, the preeminent peer reviewed academic journal in the field of Interreligious Studies. He received international acclaim for his work, being honored as one of six global finalists for the $100,000 Coexist Prize.

Prior to joining East End Temple, Rabbi Josh served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills New Jersey, Associate Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, and Director of Communications for the Coexist Foundation. He is an alumnus of Amherst College, from which he graduated magna cum laude with majors in history, economics, and Spanish. He returned to deliver the 2018 Baccalaureate Address at the tenth anniversary of his own graduation.

Rabbi Josh’s passion for religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue has led to his participation and leadership around the globe. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where he focuses on questions of religious pluralism in the United States and Israel. He likewise serves as a Trustee of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, which presides over Jewish-Christian relations with the Vatican and World Council of Churches. Rabbi Josh was a 2016 Germanacos Fellow for his work in Jewish-Muslim dialogue and 2015 Sinai and Synapses Fellow for dialogue between scientists and religious leaders. As a co-founder of Tribe, a New York-based initiative that has engaged well over 1,000 people in their 20s and 30s, Rabbi Josh successfully empowered this cohort to develop a vibrant Jewish community.

He would love to connect with you. You can reach him at jstanton@eastendtemple.org 

Our Cantor

Cantor Shira Ginsburg is celebrating her 15th year of service here at East End Temple.  As a Messinger Scholar, Shira earned her Masters, Cantorial degrees and ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.  Shira is the recipient of the Women of Reform Judaism Award, Cantorial Alumni Association Prize, and Sylvia Davidson Memorial Award for extraordinary diligence in mastering Chazzanut. 

Prior to her Cantorial studies, Shira received her BFA from Syracuse University’s Drama and Musical Theatre program and spent a number of years in New York working as a professional actress, singer, and songwriter. In Spring of 2016 Shira premiered her one-woman musical, Bubby’s Kitchen off-Broadway to rave reviews and has toured the country extensively over the last six years bringing Bubby’s Kitchen to over 25 communities. 

In addition to performing concerts and numerous other works on stages in Israel, England and all over the United States, Shira has been the chosen soloist for The Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation at numerous benefits and featured in their documentary ‘Reunion.’ She has released two liturgical albums with East End produced by two time grammy award winning producer Ben Wisch, and a solo album of her own folk music. She is featured on the albums of Gerard Edery and Noah Aaronson and was recently a featured performer alongside Alan Richman and Joan Nathan in ‘Beyond Bubbie: 6 Word Memoirs.’ 

Shira serves on the Jewish Partisans Education Foundations Young Leadership Board, is an annual panelist on the Gerecht Institute for Conversion, and teaches Holocaust studies in middle and high school classrooms across the five boroughs as a founding member of 3rd Generation Holocaust Survivors program ‘We Educate’ in partnership with Facing History Facing Ourselves.  She also mentors and coaches Cantorial students at Hebrew Union College. 

Email Cantor Ginsburg at cantor@eastendtemple.org.

Staff

Director of Education - Mindy Sherry, RJE

Mindy was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her passion for working with people led her to a B.S. in Social Work from Florida International University. Mindy has worked in congregational life for over 18 years starting as a preschool teacher. Most recently, she has served Director of Youth and Family Engagement at Union Temple in Brooklyn. Mindy is an active member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) and holds the distinction of Reform Jewish Educator with two M.A.s from The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in Jewish Education and in Jewish Nonprofit Management. 

Email Mindy Sherry at: educator@eastendtemple.org.

Temple Administrator - Sharon Shemesh

Sharon joined East End Temple's professional staff in the Fall of 1997 and officially assumed the position of Temple Administrator in April 2006.  As the Temple Administrator, Sharon facilitates, coordinates and manages organizational matters of the congregation, facility and office, working closely with clergy, educators and the Board of Trustees.  She addresses and resolves membership matters, and her door is always open for both congregants and community inquiries. Sharon is a senior member of NATA (National Association of Temple Administrator) and MetroASE (Metropolitan Association for Synagogue Executives).  She sits on the board of Hashomer Hatzair North America Zionist Youth Organization and is blessed to call East End Temple her home away from home.

Email Sharon Shemesh at: sharon@eastendtemple.org.