Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Joel M. Mosbacher

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher was named Senior Rabbi of Shaaray Tefila by unanimous vote of the Congregation effective July 1, 2016. 

Prior to joining Shaaray Tefila, Rabbi Mosbacher served as Rabbi of Beth Haverim Shir Shalom in New Jersey since 2001. He spent 13 summers at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) summer camp in Wisconsin as a camper and staff member. He and his wife, Elyssa, met at OSRUI and were married in 1992. They are the proud parents of Ari and Lev.

Rabbi Mosbacher earned his BA with a double major in Philosophy and Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He was ordained in June 1998 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati , Ohio . After his ordination, he served as one of the rabbis at Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta , Georgia from 1998-2001. In 2006, he earned a Doctorate of Ministry with a focus on Pastoral Counseling from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Rabbi Mosbacher is committed to a three-part vision for our congregation: meaning, connection and purpose:

Meaning recognizes that there is substance to the texts of Torah that can apply to our lives today and that can help us make decisions in the best and most challenging moments of our lives.
Connection acknowledges that we cannot live alone; that we need to be in community; that especially in the 21st century, being connected to each other face to face matters, that being a part of the Jewish people worldwide matters.
Purpose reminds us that the world as it is doesn’t have to be this way and that religion, at its best, is about making the world better because we are in it.

Born and raised in suburban Chicago, Rabbi Mosbacher enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, playing golf and reading detective novels.

Contact Rabbi Mosbacher at [email protected] or 212-535-8008 x 239.