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Rabbi Joshua Stanton feels blessed to serve as an Assistant Rabbi at Temple 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 as one of the representatives from the Central Conference of American Rabbis to the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, which liaises with the Vatican and other international religious bodies.

Josh's articles represent only his personal views and do not reflect the views held by the organizations of which he is or was a part.

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 Dialogue, as well as O.N. Scripture -- The Torah, a weekly online Torah commentary featured on the Huffington Post and the Ethical Jam column in the Times of Israel.

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." Recently, Odyssey Networks noted him as "one of America's most dynamic Jewish authors."

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.

He 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. Most recently, Josh's work was highlighted in chapter of the official report and proceedings of the UNESCO Chairs for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.

Josh has had articles and interviews featured in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, academic journals, and publications in nine languages. These include pieces for the Washington Post, Religious Education, German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, and public radio's Interfaith Voices.

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 past summer, Josh spoke about social media and interfaith dialogue at an international conference on faith and reconciliation in Kosovo. 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 serves on the Board of Directors of WorldFaith and KidSpirit Magazine magazine, as well as the Editorial Advisory Board of The Interfaith Observer.

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.

Entries by Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Petrit Selimi: Unsung Interfaith Hero

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 1:58 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 | 10:55 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

(134) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 2:28 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 | 6:10 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 | 2:51 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 | 12:02 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 | 11:27 AM

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 | 7:48 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 | 10:41 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 | 2:18 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 | 5:49 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 | 6:27 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 | 3:50 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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Happy (and Healthy) Thanksgivukkah!

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 10:04 AM

This article was co-authored with Alissa Stoltz, Certified Health Coach, blogger and founder of The Simply Wholesome Kitchen. Her comments and recipe recommendations are included in the second part of this article.


Jews have a special relationship with food. It's the subject of...

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Gay Marriage Pride At New Jersey's Largest Synagogue

(45) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 7:11 AM

This article was written by Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz, Cantor Howard M. Stahl, Rabbi Karen R. Perolman, and Rabbi Joshua M. Z. Stanton, the clergy team at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey's oldest and largest synagogue.

Some people ask us about what makes our service...

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Sacred Joy in Getting Surpassed

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 6:14 PM

When I was a sophomore in college, I helped found a program at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington that brought students and senior citizens together in a new way. Among the many students that I worked with as the program came to life, several stood out to...

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Rosh Hashanah: The New Year of Our Stories

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:09 AM

People are great storytellers. It's part of our DNA. To make sense of the experiences we have and the world around us, we tell ourselves stories about who we are, what we do, and what our purpose is. There is so much to take in at each moment that we...

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Coexist Campaign: Creating a Cycle of Peace

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:50 AM

It was tough being a student in Jerusalem during the winter of 2008-2009. War had broken out. And it was unclear what could be done about it.

Two of my outlets for angst were interfaith dialogue and falafel. The former was becoming a central passion in my life. The latter...

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Kosovo's Hope for Interfaith Collaboration

(28) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 2:13 PM

I had never felt like a rock star until I walked around downtown Peja with a yarmulke on last week. People on the street, and sometimes even from across the street, would come up to me and inquire if I was "Israelien"? (presumably "Israeli"?). They would then shake my hand...

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Numbers 16:1-18:32: Did Moses Listen?

(234) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:01 AM

As a greenhorn rabbi, ordained only a matter of weeks ago, I find myself seeking out more experienced religious and non-profit leaders to figure out how they do what they do. While the moment of ordination was meaningful and moving, it did not...

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