Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg grew up in Westchester County, NY and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Binghamton. He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary as a Conservative rabbi in 2002 and immediately served as Rabbi-in-Residence and Director of Judaic Studies for a Solomon Schechter elementary and high-school. Rabbi Gruenberg and his wife Elissa moved to Nyack in 2004 where he was the spiritual leader of Congregation Sons of Israel for almost seven years. During their time in Nyack they increased their family with two new members, their son Samuel who is almost 13 and their daughter Kayla who is almost 11. During their time in Nyack the Gruenberg family successfully revitalized an aging community and left a lasting legacy that will be felt for years.
Rabbi Gruenberg is a product of the Conservative Jewish movement. He is the child of parents who both made their careers in the Conservative Jewish education field in both synagogue and day-school surroundings. He attended a Solomon Schechter day school, Camp Ramah and USY. He also worked for all three of these organizations as well. Rabbi Gruenberg spent four summers as a counselor, rosh edah (unit head) and rosh sport (director of sports activities for the camp) at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, and led three Poland/Israel USY Pilgrimage groups. In addition Rabbi Gruenberg served as the coordinator for all Eastern European programs in the USY central office.
Rabbi Gruenberg began his tenure as the rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Beth El in Yardley, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2011. During his time there, the Religious School enrollment has more than tripled, and the synagogue has become the place for young Jewish families in Bucks County. Through innovative programing like the Jewish Values Initiative, Torah on Tap, and the Lev (Heart of Torah) experiential Religious School curriculum, the entire Beth El community has experienced a renaissance and is positioned to be a strong and positive communal presence for the foreseeable future.
In addition to reinvigorating aspects of Congregation Beth El and strengthening relationships one by one, Rabbi Gruenberg is involved in the community at-large and holds positions of leadership. Rabbi Gruenberg is the president of the Bucks County Board of Rabbis, a member of the national UJC rabbinic cabinet, the chair of a Rabbinical Assembly committee on rabbinic care for colleagues new to the field. He was selected seven years ago together with another 30 rabbis to participate in the Kellogg School of Rabbinic Management at Northwestern University. Rabbi Gruenberg has written articles for many media sources and is regularly published in the Bucks County Courier Times and the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent.