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Rabbi Joshua Pernick

Semikha, Class of 2019

Rabbi Joshua Pernick

Managing Director

Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life

Washington Heights

Rabbi Josh Pernick is the Managing Director of the Norman E. Alexander Center for Jewish Life at the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, where he oversees Jewish communal partnerships across Washington Heights and Inwood, as well as guiding and enhancing Jewish content built into the Y’s programs. Rabbi Josh entered the Jewish organizational world by way of the pulpit, having previously served as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in Metairie, LA after receiving his rabbinical ordination from YCT. While at YCT, Josh was awarded fellowships and grants for his entrepreneurial community-building work through the Crown Foundation and the Hillel Office of Innovation (now Atra), as well as interning at Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland, ME and Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Canada.