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Meet Our Rabbi

Rabbi Joshua Hearshen

Even as a child growing up in suburban Detroit, MI, Rabbi Josh Hearshen knew that he wanted to become a rabbi. Rabbi Hearshen credits a committed Jewish upbringing and his Sunday school teacher, Morton Wolin ז''ל, for placing him on the path of the rabbinate. Rabbi Hearshen enjoys teaching concepts in new and unique ways that grabs people’s attention and keeps them active. He played a central role in bringing young adults, young families and teens into synagogue life through his innovative programming and his personal connections with all the members of his community. He has been recognized for excellence in education by the Bureau of Jewish Education in Los Angeles, CA and with the national Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award.

Rabbi Hearshen strives every day to inspire, engage and expand our synagogue community. A community prays together, socializes together, enjoys life together, learns together, and longs to be together when apart.


Rabbi Hearshen has a BA in Social Relations from Michigan State University, an MA in Rabbinic Studies from the University of Judaism and Rabbinic Ordination from the University of Judaism. He is the co-author with Rabbi Elliot Dorff of a paper on Violent and Misogynistic Video Games which was approved and published by the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards in 2010. Rabbi Hearshen spent three years (2007 – 2010) in Mercer Island, WA at Herzl Ner-Tamid as the Assistant Rabbi and three years (2010 – 2013) in Syosset, NY at Midway Jewish Center as the Associate Rabbi.


He is married to Carrie Hearshen, who he met in college. Carrie is an accomplished Jewish educator who spent three years writing educational materials for Torah Aura Productions in Los Angeles, CA. Rabbi Hearshen and Carrie welcomed their daughter Ayelet into the world in 2008 and they are enjoying learning the ropes of parenthood. In his spare time Rabbi Hearshen will be found reading (comic books are a favorite), playing hockey, cooking, rooting for Detroit sports teams or practicing magic.

Mon, December 10 2018 2 Tevet 5779