On July 1, after 11 glorious years at Temple Beth El, Rabbi Joshua Davidson will begin his new position as senior rabbi in Manhattan at Temple Emanu-El. During his tenure in Chappaqua, he has been involved in many endeavors in which he takes great pride. “Over the last decade, the synagogue has been known as one of the great hubs of social justice in Westchester,” Davidson noted. In addition, he has been instrumental in fostering the strong relationship between Temple Beth El and the Upper Westchester Muslim Society. Joint study sessions for adults from both groups have evolved into an intergenerational project. Students from the two communities came together most recently to create quilts, illustrating biblical lessons.
Davidson views his new position as a logical extension to his spiritual path. “I’ve always looked at my rabbinate as a service to the Jewish community and Temple Emanu-El offers a unique opportunity to serve that community because of its place in the American Jewish community and its place in NYC – the most dynamic Jewish community there is,” he observed. Davidson looks forward to meeting one of the illustrious members of the congregation: Mayor Bloomberg.
When asked whether he ever foresaw returning to Emanu-El during his ordination in the great sanctuary, Davidson spoke effusively: I’m so filled with a sense of joy at that moment and so thrilled to be entering the rabbinate and so excited, I wasn’t thinking that far down the road.”
Board President Harry Cohen is but one of the many congregants who praise Davidson’s numerous strengths. “His approach to understanding and communicating and living Jewish values, provides a wonderful example for the congregation,” Cohen observed.