Our Rabbi

Rabbi Joshua S. Finkelstein


Rabbi Joshua S. Finkelstein joined the East Brunswick Jewish Center with twenty years of pulpit experience within the Conservative Movement serving congregations in New York and New Jersey. Rabbi Finkelstein received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and was awarded a Kohn Foundation Fellowship for the advancement of doctoral studies in the field of Midrash. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Columbia College of Columbia University in New York. Rabbi Finkelstein was a Visiting Lecturer at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He taught the first year seminar required of all rabbinical students guiding them to recognize and communicate the meaning and vitality of Jewish rituals and texts.

Rabbi Finkelstein is a past president of the New Jersey Rabbinical Assembly and served as the Chair of the Intergroup Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the UJA of Northern New Jersey. He served on the editorial board of the Community Faith and Values section of the Bergen Record.

Rabbi Finkelstein comes from a long line of distinguished Rabbis. His grandfather, Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, was Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. His father, Rabbi Ezra Finkelstein, retired after serving over twenty years as Rabbi of the Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, Long Island.

Rabbi Finkelstein is married to Elana Gershen Finkelstein. They have three children, Sarah, Eli, and Becky.

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