Rabbi Joshua Boettiger
Joshua Boettiger became the rabbi and spiritual leader of Temple Emek Shalom in August 2012, coming to TES from Vermont, where he served Congregation Beth El in Bennington for six years. He is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and is a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow. He has served on the Boards of Rabbis for Human Rights North America, Vermont Interfaith Power and Light, and was the Vermont coordinator of the Jewish Justice Initiative.
Rabbi Boettiger teaches Jewish meditation on a weekly basis and leads twice yearly silent retreats with his wife, Rabbi Vanessa Boettiger. He has taught at Williams College, Southern Vermont College, and been a scholar in residence at different locations around the country, teaching on topics ranging from modern Jewish thought to biblical Hebrew to the history of Jewish poetry.
Rabbi Boettiger has an abiding interest in sacred spaces and continues to work as a builder of ritual structures – from sukkahs and chuppahs to prayer/meditation spaces. He has published articles in Parabola, Zeek and other online magazines.
Rabbi Boettiger and his wife, Vanessa, live in Ashland with their daughter, Paloma.
Julie Benioff joined Temple Emek Shalom in August 2017 as the Director of Programs and Education/Prayer Leader.
Rabbi Benioff was born and raised in Berkeley, CA, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master of Arts degree in Professional Communication from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.
Rabbi Benioff has been a fundraiser, a curriculum developer, and has served as an educator for all ages. She participated in Storahtelling’s StorahLAB Summer Jewish Educator’s Training Institute, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal’s Davennen’ Leadership Training Institute, and is currently in ALEPH’s Hashpa’ah Spiritual Director Training program.
Rabbi Benioff envisions a rabbinate in which she collaborates in Jewish community to foster learning, joy, connection, expansiveness, inclusivity, creativity, meaning making, God wrestling, grounding uplifting prayer, and engagement with social and environmental justice. In her spare time she likes to write poetry, hike, and spend time with her family.
Rabbi Benioff is the mother of two, and she and her husband, Randall, live in Ashland.