Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Vice President of the URJ for Israel & Reform Zionism & Executive Director of ARZA
Rabbi Josh Weinberg serves as the Vice President of the URJ forIsrael and Reform Zionism and is the Executive Director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America. He was ordained from the HUC-JIR Israeli Rabbinic Program in Jerusalem, and is currently living in New York. Josh previously served as the Director of the Israel program for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and as a faculty member of NFTY-EIE High School in Israel teaching Jewish History. Josh is a reserve officer in the IDF spokesperson’s unit, has hiked the Israel-trail, and came on Aliyah to Israel in 2003.
Originally from Chicago, he has a B.A. from University of Wisconsin in Hebrew Literature, Political Science and International Relations, and an M.A. at the Hebrew University in Jewish Education.
Josh has taught and lectured widely throughout Israel, the U.S. and Europe, as well as on Kivunim and Shnat Netzer gap-year programs. He has led numerous tours and trained tour educators for the Reform movement’s Israel experiences. In addition to being a STorahtelling “Mayven,” Josh has a passion for the environment and spends lots of time outdoors hiking and climbing, playing music and volleyball. Josh is passionate about anything connected to Israel and hopes to strengthen the connection between the Reform movement and the Jewish State. He is married to Mara Sheftel Getz, and is the proud abba of Noa, Ella, Mia, and Alma.
URJ WZC Elections Campaign Director
Alexandra Gilbert, the URJ WZC Elections Campaign Director, has been skill building for her role since childhood. Her family was deeply committed to Synagogue life which instilled a great passion for Reform Judaism and career choices that continue to strengthen the movement.
After graduating from Indiana University, she became the program coordinator for Temple Israel of the City of New York. There she developed successful events for congregants to celebrate their 140th Anniversary.
Her next job was event planning for DoGoodBuyUs, a marketplace selling products on behalf of non-profits. Though she enjoyed wearing many hats, she missed the Jewish community connection and joined the URJ in 2015. Soon after she became the program manager for the URJ Communities in the strengthening congregation’s department.
Now as the Campaign Director for the WZC 2020 Elections she brings her enthusiasm and extensive field experience to the role. She is driven by her forever belief in the Reform Movement having a strong presence in both North America and Israel.
After work Alex can be found doing yoga, checking out new brunch spots with her husband, Barry and attending Mets games.