Semikha, Class of 2005
Rabbi Joshua Feigelson
Executive Director at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality
After receiving semikha from YCT in 2005, Josh Feigelson served for six years as the Hillel Rabbi at Northwestern University, where he was named one of the Top 12 People to Know on Campus by the Daily Northwestern student newspaper. Rabbi Feigelson also earned a PhD in Religious Studies at Northwestern and wrote a doctoral dissertation about the work and teaching of Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg. He went on to found and serve as Executive Director of Ask Big Questions, a national initiative of Hillel International to promote civic conversations across lines of difference on college campuses, which won the inaugural Lippman-Kanfer Prize for Applied Jewish Wisdom in 2016 and was profiled in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. From 2017-2019 he served as the first non-Christian Dean of Students in the history of the University of Chicago Divinity School, one of the world’s leading institutions for the academic study of religion. He is currently Senior Fellow at The iCenter for Israel Education and President of Big Questions Associates, LLC, a consulting practice that serves leaders of nonprofit and educational organizations.
Rabbi Feigelson is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and served as the founding co-chair of the Wexner Fellowship Alumni Committee. He also chairs the Orthodox Advisory Committee to the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. His writings have appeared in numerous journals, books, and online publications. He lives with his wife Natalie and their three sons in Skokie, Illinois, where he is a member of both Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue and Kol Sasson Congregation.