Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson Inducted into the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

From left: Andrew R. Berger, Chair, Board of Governors; Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D, President; and Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York

Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, was inducted into the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Board of Governors at its meeting in Cincinnati on October 26, 2015. Rabbi Davidson also serves on HUC-JIR's President's Rabbinic Council. 

"Rabbi Joshua Davidson is an esteemed alumnus of the College-Institute, whose distinguished rabbinate is a source of inspiration for our students," stated Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., President. "We look forward to his wise counsel and guidance, as we work together to bring forth the next generations of leaders for the Reform Movement, the Jewish people, and the larger world."

A graduate of Princeton University and ordained by HUC-JIR, 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 also serves on the board of directors of the Kavod Tzedakah Collective and is a member of 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’s articles have appeared in The Jewish Week, The New York Post, and The Huffington Post. He is a contributing writer in Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman’s Prayers of Awe series.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu