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Rabbi Joshua Stanton feels blessed to serve as an Assistant Rabbi at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey. He likewise is a co-Founder of Tribe, a group for young Jewish professionals in New York, and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, which liaises on behalf of Jewish communities worldwide with the Vatican and other international religious bodies. He is in the 2015 - 2016 cohort of Germanacos Fellows and part of the inaugural group of Sinai and Synapses Fellows from 2013 - 2015.

Previously, Josh served as Associate Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College and Director of Communications for the Coexist Foundation. He was a Founding co-Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, as well as 70 Faces of Torah, a weekly online Torah commentary featured on the Huffington Post and the Ethical Jam column in the Times of Israel. He writes regularly for the Huffington Post, Times of Israel, and ATTN.

Josh was one of just six finalists worldwide for the 2012 Coexist Prize and was additionally highlighted by the Coexist Forum as "one of the foremost Jewish and interreligious bloggers in the world." In 2011, the Huffington Post named him one of the "best Jewish voices on Twitter." The Huffington Post also selected two organizations he helped found as exemplary of those which effectively "have taken their positive interfaith message online." He authored one of "15 Blogs from 2015 that Show How Faith Can Be a Force For Good."

Josh has been the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the Bridge-Builders Leadership Award from the Interfaith Youth Core, the Associates of Jewish Homes and Services for the Aging’s Annette W. and Herbert H. Lichterman Outstanding Programming Award, the Volunteer Hero Award of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the W. MacLean Johnson Fellowship for Action, the Wiener Education Fellowship, and the Hyman P. Moldover Scholarship for Jewish Communal Service. Josh's work was highlighted in chapter of the official report and proceedings of the UNESCO Chairs for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

A sought-after speaker, Josh has given presentations, speeches, and convocations at seminaries, non-profit organizations, and religious groups across the United States and beyond. Just this winter, Josh presented about the next generation of religious leadership at the Holy See's 50th Anniversary celebration of Nostra Aetate at the United Nations. This past spring, Josh spoke about social media and interfaith dialogue at an international conference on faith and reconciliation in Kosovo. He he has also spoken at the Pentagon about religious diversity in March 2013; given a presentation about the prevalence of hate crimes against houses of worship during a White House conference in July 2011 and a follow-up presentation at the White House on the potential for Dharmic communities to enhance religious pluralism nationally in April 2012; an address at the 2010 Eighth Annual Doha Conference, sponsored by the Foreign Ministry of Qatar and the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue; and a Closing Address at the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation at the United Nations in November 2009.

Josh has had articles and interviews featured in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, academic journals, and publications in ten languages. These include the Washington Post, German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, The Permanent Observer Mission from the Holy See to the United Nations, public radio's Interfaith Voices, the BBC, and the blog of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards. He has contributed to edited volumes, including Flourishing in the Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Insights on Senior Pastoral Care, Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Questions, and Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality. Likewise, he has been co-author of a number of academic articles for publications as diverse as Religious Education, Long-Term Living, The Gerontologist, and the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (a publication he co-founded).

Josh serves on the Board of Directors of World Faith and KidSpirit Magazine. Prior to entering rabbinical school, Josh served as an Assistant to the Director of the European Youth Campaign at the Council of Europe and co-Founded Lessons of a Lifetime, a program that improves inter-generational relations through the recording of ethical wills.

An alumnus of Amherst College, Josh graduated magna cum laude with majors in history, economics, and Spanish, as well as a certificate in Practical French Language from Université Marc Bloch in Strasbourg, France.

Entries by Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Moses Was Twice a Refugee (Parshat Va'era, Exodus 6:2 - 9:35)

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 3:53 PM

"Middle Eastern tyrant brutalizes his people and causes them to flee for their lives." This has become a common trope in news stories in recent years, and feels particularly acute right now. According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, there are nearly 4.5 million refugees from the...

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Donald Trump's New Southern Strategy

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Don't have prior experience or credentials as a candidate? Don't have a clear platform or set of policies that you'd like to enact if elected? Don't want to get into meaningful policy discussions or debates? Don't worry. We have a strategy for you. It's called Islamophobia, and it's the new...

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Giving Voice to Grief

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:05 PM

Todd Arky, a successful entrepreneur (perhaps best known for co-founding Seamless) is trying to change the conversation - or lack thereof - around loss and bereavement. Todd lost his own father at age 12. In the cloud of grief, when so much else felt numb, his father's best...

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Register Me, Too, Mr. Trump

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2015 | 5:07 PM

The idea of creating a national registry of all Muslims living in the United States is egregiously wrong and almost certainly unconstitutional. It is actually such an abysmal idea that it seems farcical - except that it's not funny at all.

As a religious leader, I try...

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How the Catholic Church Forever Changed Jewish Life

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 2:26 PM

It's hard to believe that my grandparents feared being beaten up on Easter for being Jewish. It's hard to believe that those fears were so credible. It's harder still to imagine a Catholic priest saying from the pulpit that Jews should be blamed for Jesus' death. It's nearly impossible to...

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A Rosh Hashanah Sermon on Gender Equality

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 12:53 AM

This year, I felt called to give a sermon on gender equality and the harm we do through oppressive gender norms. The text is below, and you are also welcome to watch the video of it .

"Man and woman were created in the Divine image....

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Eternally Immigrants (Parshat Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

(3) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 11:24 AM

The issue of immigration is capturing heightened attention around the world. A wave of immigrants, including many refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Libya, is finding its way through the Balkans into Europe. Others are crossing the Mediterranean in rickety boats, which all too often sink. In Austria, more than 70...

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Petrit Selimi: Unsung Interfaith Hero

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 2:58 PM

For every leader who claims more credit than he or she deserves, there is another who does more than could be hoped but does not seem to seek credit at all. One who is helping to pave a new path for Kosovo, and perhaps the entire Balkans, is Kosovo's

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"Are You Jewish?": Judaism and the Future of Faith

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:55 AM

This is part of "Future of Faith," a series curated by Paul Raushenbush.

On my way to visit my student pulpit in Ohio several years ago, I helped a man dressed in traditional Hasidic garb with his luggage. After thanking me politely, he turned to me and asked, "Are...

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Why My Jewish Faith Is Strengthened by Islam

(119) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 3:28 PM

This article was written as part of the Interfaith YouthCore's #WeAreBetterTogether Day.

When, as a rabbi, I speak of my "Muslim friends," most people take it to be a turn of phrase. Some even assume that it will be followed by a laugh or...

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Millennials Remind Us All to Search for Meaning

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 7:10 PM

Too many people still speak of a generation gap. Young adults are different. They are 'The Self(ie) Generation.' They only care about themselves and don't treat their elders with respect.

This language feels particularly strident if heard in religious and ethical communities that hold in high esteem...

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Is Law a Kind of Love? (Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1 - 24:18)

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 3:51 PM

In an implicit polemic against Judaism, some strands of Christian theology suggest that Jesus replaced law with love, supplanting countless rules from the Torah with an all-encompassing love as expressed in God's incarnation. But we do not need to shy away from this critique of Jewish law entirely, even if...

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Prayer for Muslim-Jewish Relations

(53) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 1:02 PM

Too many Muslims and Jews have not lived up to their values in responding to the attacks in France.

In the United States, I have heard too many Jews whose views I usually respect speak of the closing of Paris's synagogues last night for security reasons as justification to...

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Technology, Communication and Religion

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Many a pundit has suggested that the Internet has stirred -- or is a symptom of -- the greatest technological revolution since the dawn of the industrial age, or even the invention of the printing press in 1448. In fact, they could well be understating the impact of technological advances...

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Bridging Jewish Generations

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 8:48 AM

This article was co-authored by Rabbi Ben Spratt.

The largest generation in American history is coming of age before our eyes. By 2010, the cohort of 13 - 34 year olds comprised 35 percent of our workforce, and that number continues to rise rapidly. Members of...

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What Jewish Millennials Want

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:41 AM

This article was co-authored by Rabbi Ben Spratt.

We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective. Many of us spend hours every day spreading philosophical truths and culinary creations on social...

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Don't Weaponize Your Words (Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Far from the fighting in Israel and Gaza, Syria and Ukraine, the peanut gallery reigns supreme. Many of us have anointed ourselves armchair pundits, battling each other in wars of words disturbingly disconnected from the suffering of those in the conflict regions themselves. Rhetoric tears away at rhetoric -- or...

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Jewvangelist: Parody, Practicality or Prohibition?

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Proselytizing remains one of the more awkward topics of conversation within the Jewish community. It's whispered about in private conversations. It's spoken of euphemistically out in the open. It's insinuated by colleagues with surprising regularity.

But in the 36 years since Rabbi Alexander Schindler opened...

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Inter-Religious Studies: A Field of Its Own

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2014 | 7:27 PM

Surreal in its normalcy, I found myself this week enjoying a fabulous panel at the Jewish Theological Seminary on the "Future of Judaism and Islam on American Campuses." It was a deeply moving conversation, but felt hardly out of the ordinary to have an Imam, a rabbi, and...

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Preventing Gun Violence a Year After Newtown

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 4:50 PM

The days after the Newtown massacre, I, like so many religious and civic leaders, had the difficult task of meeting with scared parents and frightened students about the school shooting. There was nothing I could say that could possibly console them or alleviate all of their fears. My role was...

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