Rabbi Joshua Stanton puts Jewish learning, pastoral care, and social justice first. He loves connecting with people individually and supporting their spiritual journeys and pursuit of meaning.
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 served as Founding co-Editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, the preeminent 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 there 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 world. 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.
You may have already seen Rabbi Josh on CNN or in a documentary film, or read about him in syndicated media, publications, and articles that have appeared in ten languages. Rabbi Josh was named a 2019 Faith Justice Hero by the Interfaith Center of New York and received a 2020 Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Award from the Interfaith Youth Core. He was selected for the Germanacos Fellowship in 2016 for his work in Jewish-Muslim dialogue and the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship for dialogue between scientists and religious leaders in 2015. As a co-founder of Tribe, a New York-based initiative, Rabbi Josh has empowered thousands of young professionals to develop vibrant Jewish community.
You can read Rabbi Josh’s contributions to edited volumes here, here, here, here, and here (with another forthcoming), as well as the symposium edition of the Reform Jewish Quarterly, which he coedited in 2017. He is working on a book project with Rabbi Ben Spratt. He likewise serves on the Board of Directors of Plaza Jewish Community Chapels.
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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.
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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.
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Music Educator – Cantor Amelia Lavranchuk
Amelia believes that each person has their own unique piece of Torah to bring to the world and strives to make sure that every voice in the community is heard. She was ordained as a Cantor and received a Master of Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 2020. She served as the student cantor at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, NJ and at Garden City Jewish Center in Garden City, NY. In addition, Amelia spent a summer as a chaplain intern at Mount Sinai Hospital and was a T’ruah Summer Fellow in Human Rights Leadership. Before studying to become a cantor, Amelia taught elementary school in New York City.
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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.
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Administrative Assistant – Elyssa Mosbacher
Elyssa Mosbacher has spent much of her career working in the Jewish world, as a teacher and program coordinator, journalist, freelance writer and editor, and summer camp counselor and unit head. (She also taught rock climbing for many years, which made her mother very nervous.) She has a BA in government from Cornell University, and a master’s in comparative government from the London School of Economics. A native of Wisconsin, Elyssa is married to Joel and the mom of Ari and Lev.
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