About Rabbi Joshua
Joshua Gray is a warm, compassionate, and inclusive rabbi, who wants to give you the best possible Jewish experience, whether your needs be ritual, lifecycle, or spiritual counseling and guidance. Perhaps you simply have a question or need a listening ear. You have found a home with Rabbi Joshua.
Rabbi Joshua began his career as a professional actor/singer, which led him to his wife, his beshert, Meghan. Joshua and Meghan have two young children, Cameron and Lena. After settling down in Joshua's hometown in Upstate New York, Joshua began fulltime work as a Director in the Mental Health field. As a nationally certified trainer in Mental Health First Aid, Trauma-informed Care, and many other programs, Joshua has designed and delivered an array of wellness and mental health training and education to a vast assortment of audiences, including school administration, college students, primary and high school students, social services, clergy, and law enforcement, among many others.
Joshua also loves to combine his love of Jewish wisdom and t'filah with his trained tenor singing voice, and focus on mental health and wellness. Joshua provides a variety of services, including Jewish lifecycle events (bar and bat mitzvah training, weddings, vow renewals, conversions, baby namings, funerals, and more), spiritual counseling, and education in private or group settings. Rabbi Joshua seeks to help you deepen your personal connection with Divinity, and is open to officiating and guiding people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, etc. Rabbi Joshua happily caters to interfaith, and LGBTQIA+ celebrations and events.
Joshua earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, graduating summa cum laude. He earned Semicha (Ordination) through Rabbinical Seminary International, and is a member of the Rabbinical Fellowship of America, International.
Rabbi Joshua provides all of the following services and more...
Weddings and Vow Renewals
Rabbi Joshua will ensure that your big day is exactly how you want it to be. From traditional Jewish weddings, to interfaith and LGBTQIA+ celebrations, all are loved, catered to, and beautiful. Rabbi Joshua will meet with you and your beloved to tailor a wedding or vow renewal that meets all of your unique needs.
Baby Naming Ceremonies
Mazel Tov on your newest addition to the family! Celebrate one of the most joyous of occasions with a ceremony that captures the spirit of a new life. Rabbi Joshua will customize a brit milah, brit bat, simchat bat, simchat banot, or any other variation for your family and precious new neshama (soul).
Do you feel that you are a part of am Yisrael (the Jewish people)? Let Rabbi Joshua guide you and celebrate your commitment to joining the Covenant. Learn and grow with Rabbi Joshua at your side as you become one with your Jewish identity.
Rabbi Joshua is available to prepare young people and adults for their bar or bat mitzvah. Rabbi Joshua will go at a pace and utilize a style that is comfortable and enjoyable for both you and your child. Rabbi Joshua believes that a bar or bat mitzvah is a reason for joy and deep meaning, not pressure and anxiety.
Let Rabbi Joshua honor your loved one with a respectful and meaningful funeral/memorial service. Navigate the process of mourning with Rabbi Joshua by your side.
Spiritual Counseling and Guidance
Rabbi Joshua wants to help you find your connection to the Divine. Are you searching for meaning in your life, or wondering and questioning how spirituality and/or religion can find a place in your world? Rabbi Joshua is here for your spiritual journey, wherever it might take you. We are all "Shutaf Elohim," or in a partnership with Oneness. Sometimes we only need an open, non-judgmental, and willing hand along the way. Rabbi Joshua also comes with an extensive background in mental health and counseling. He operates from a mental wellness perspective, as opposed to a disease model. Rabbi Joshua believes that our spiritual wellbeing is directly related to our emotional and physical health, and that we must nurture the nefesh (soul) to maintain or find our way back to wellness. Rabbi Joshua says to you: "Heneini," "Here I am."
Want to learn more about Rabbi Joshua's services? Contact him today.