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Rabbi brad hirschfield

Listed for many years in Newsweek as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis,” and recognized as one of our nation’s leading “Preachers & Teachers,” by Beliefnet.com, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield serves as the President of Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, which has lead the way in building bridges of understanding and mutual learning for more than 40 years. 

Brad is also the founder of the Stand and See Fellowship, which brings together many areas of his life’s work, including academic training in the texts of Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity, inter-religious engagement for national and international leaders, life in Israel, and a passionate commitment to nurturing religious pluralism at home in the US, in the Middle East and around the world.  He is an ordained Orthodox rabbi, who holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Rabbi Hirschfield has taught and lectured in numerous seminaries – both Jewish and Christian, served as a commentator for media ranging from Fox News to the Washington Post, and is the author or editor of multiple works including, You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism (Harmony, 2008). He conceived and hosted two groundbreaking series for Bridges TV—American Muslim TV Network, Building Bridges: Abrahamic Perspectives on the World Today (three seasons), and American Pilgrimage. Rabbi Hirschfield also serves as the Executive Editor of The Wisdom Daily.

Rabbi Hirschfield’s work has brought him around the world, addressing audiences from the Aspen Institute and the Washington National Cathedral, to the Islamic Society of North America and many leading universities and religious institutions. A featured speaker at The Parliament of the World’s Religions in both Barcelona and Melbourne, he has also represented NGOs as well as the Government of the United States in meetings on the future of religion and religious leadership, in places including Washington D.C., Jerusalem, Cairo, The United Nations and the Republic of Indonesia, among others.

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rabbi joshua stanton

Joshua Stanton is Rabbi of East End Temple in Manhattan and a Senior Fellow at CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where he serves as co-Director of the Stand and See Fellowship. He serves on the Board of Governors of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations, which liaises with the Vatican and World Council of Churches on behalf of the Jewish community.

Josh was a part of the 2015 - 2016 cohort of Germanacos Fellows and part of the inaugural group of Sinai and Synapses Fellows from 2013 - 2015. He is a Founding Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a publication that has enabled inter-religious studies to grow into an academic field.

Rabbi Stanton was one of just six finalists worldwide for the $100,000 Coexist Prize and was additionally highlighted by the Coexist Forum as "One of the foremost Jewish and inter-religious bloggers in the world." In 2011, the Huffington Post named him one of the "best Jewish voices on Twitter." 

Josh has been the recipient of numerous leadership awards and is a sought-after speaker, having given presentations at the United Nations, White House, and leading international conferences on religious pluralism around the world. Josh has had articles and interviews featured in newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, academic journals, publications, and blogs in ten languages. These include the Associated Press, National Geographic, Washington Post, Public Radio International, German National Radio, Swedish National Radio, the BBC, Vox, and the The Daily Beast. He has contributed to edited volumes, including Flourishing in the Later Years: Jewish Pastoral Insights on Senior Pastoral Care, Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Questions, Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality, and Seven Days, Many Voices: Insights into the Biblical Story of Creation.  Josh graduated magna cum laude with majors in history, economics, and Spanish. He received his ordination and MA in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.