Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph is the Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he teaches in the rabbinical and education schools. His special interest is how Jewish institutions and organizations, from schools to synagogues to national groups, can be most excellent as they seek to fulfill their mission and vision. Toward this end, Rabbi Joseph works with such groups throughout the world.
In recent years he received a grant to train lay leaders for the Jewish Community of Germany. Two such seminars occurred in Bamberg, Germany. Rabbi Joseph also taught at the first rabbinical seminary in Germany since the Holocaust, the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin as the Jacobs Fellow. He also taught at the new Liberal Rabbinical Seminary in Amsterdam, the Levisson Instituut.
In past years he worked with the Jewish community in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Argentina. He is the founding rabbi of the liberal congregation in Hong Kong. Rabbi Joseph consults with rabbis, educators, administrators, communal leaders and lay leaders, supporting them as they lead their institutions and organizations. He is the author of four books and more than fifty articles in the area of education and leadership.
Rabbi Joseph is a national co-chair of the HUC-JIR and CCAR Institute for Rabbinic Mentoring. He is also a co-chair of the Reform Movement’s Task Force for Goals of Life Long Learning. Rabbi Joseph represents HUC-JIR on the executive of the Joint Rabbinical Placement Commission and the Joint Educators Placement Commission, on the Reform Movement’s Think Tank, and on the Commission Granting the Reform Jewish Educator Title.
At HUC-JIR he is currently a representative to the Faculty Council and chairs the Cincinnati Rabbinical Executive Committee of the rabbinical school. He is a past chair of the Cincinnati faculty.
Rabbi Joseph directs the Reform Day School Externship program, a joint effort of HUC-JIR and PARDeS. He also partners with Xavier University in Cincinnati on their MEd program in Educational Administration. As a faculty member teaching in the Jim Joseph sponsored HUC-JIR Executive MA in Jewish Education, he was one of the first HUC faculty members to teach a “for credit” online course.
In 2015 Rabbi Joseph received the first Jewish Educational Leadership Award from the National Association of Temple Educators. NATE recognized his lifelong contribution to the field of Jewish education.