Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, awarded Rabbi Joshua S. Taub with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in New York on Thursday, April 29, 2010, at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Rabbi Taub was honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Taub was born and reared in central New Jersey. He graduated from Livingston College at Rutgers University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in American History. Rabbi Taub has studied extensively in Israel. He was an Eisendrath International Exchange student in high school, a student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and completed his first year of seminary at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem.
Rabbi Taub earned his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1984 and was ordained in 1985 from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Taub has served congregations in Longview and Taco, TX; Kansas City and St. Louis, MO; and he is currently serving Temple Emanuel in Beaumont, TX.
“I have been privileged and blessed to be present for and with families and individuals during their greatest moments of joy and of their most challenging moments of struggle and pain. I have learned much from my congregants and my students, and my life has been touched by others in ways I haven’t yet discovered.”
Rabbi Taub was one of the members of his ordination class who were willing to officiate at interfaith marriages immediately upon ordination. An unintended result of this decision has been the many opportunities to work with the interfaith community. “Throughout my journey, I have worked hard to remove barriers, increase understanding, and embrace the differences that make us unique in God’s eyes, and make our country great.”