Rabbi Stanton was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013, where he received numerous awards and honors, including the David G. Sacks Prize for General Academic Excellence, the Rabbi M. Cohen Award for Ecumenical Studies and the Rabbi Samuel J. Levinson Prize in Religion and the Humanities. Additionally, while at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Stanton served as Founding co-Editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, the preeminent academic journal in the field of Interreligious Studies. He received international acclaim for his work, being honored as one of six global finalists for the $100,000 Coexist Prize.
Prior to joining East End Temple, Rabbi Stanton served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills New Jersey, Associate Director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, and Director of Communications for the Coexist Foundation. He is an alumnus of Amherst College, from which he graduated magna cum laude with majors in history, economics, and Spanish. He returned there to deliver the 2018 Baccalaureate Address at the tenth anniversary of his own graduation.
Rabbi Stanton’s passion for religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue has led to his participation and leadership around the world. He currently serves as Rabbi of East End Temple and Senior Fellow at CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where he focuses on questions of religious pluralism in the United States and Israel. He likewise serves on the Board of Trustees of the Interfaith Youth Core, the leading interfaith organization in America, and on the Board of Governors of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, which presides over Jewish-Christian relations with the Vatican and World Council of Churches.
You may have already seen Rabbi Stanton on CNN or in a documentary film, or read about him in syndicated media, publications, and articles that have appeared in ten languages. Rabbi Stanton was named a 2019 Faith Justice Hero by the Interfaith Center of New York and received a 2020 Racial Equity and Interfaith Cooperation Award from the Interfaith Youth Core. In 2021, he received the Ann Friedman Award from the Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, in recognition of his immigration rights advocacy, and was named to the inaugural class of Sacred Journey Fellows, selected from a group of 1,700 interfaith leaders from across the country.
To hone his leadership skills, Rabbi Stanton earned a certificate in Spiritual Innovation through the Glean Fellowship with Columbia Business School, and he learns from some of the best communal professionals in his service on the Board of Directors of Plaza Jewish Community Chapels.
You can read Rabbi Stanton’s contributions to edited volumes here, here, here, here, and here (with another forthcoming), as well as the symposium edition of the Reform Jewish Quarterly, which he coedited in 2017 with Rabbi Ben Spratt. The two are longtime creative partners, having co-founded Tribe, a New York-based initiative that has empowered thousands of young professionals to develop vibrant Jewish community. They are currently writing a book set for release in the summer of 2022.