Rabbi Joseph H. Prouser is the Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of North Jersey in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Rabbi Prouser was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1988. He was graduated from the Seminary’s undergraduate Joint Program with Columbia University with Bachelor’s degrees in Liturgy (JTS) and Religious Studies (Columbia). He has served as the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies and is a certified Mesader Gittin (Scribe and Adjudicator of Religious Divorce).
Rabbi Prouser has served on the International Youth Commission of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, as well as its International Commission on Jewish Education. He was a member of the Bet Din that supervised the conversion of the Abayudaya community of Uganda, and is a member of the Joint Bet Din of the Conservative Movement. He has served on the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which adopted his responsa on “The Obligation to Preserve Life and the Question of Post-Mortem Organ Donation,” “Compulsory Immunization in Jewish Day Schools,” addressed to the USCJ Department of Education, and “Ana Ger Ana,” establishing the eligibility of converts to Judaism to serve on Rabbinic Courts. He has also served as President of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Queens Region, and as the Rabbinical Assembly’s liaison to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Rabbi Prouser is the author of Noble Soul: The Life and Legend of the Vilna Ger Tzedek, Count Walenty Potocki (Gorgias Press), and was a contributing writer for the Etz Hayim Study Companion (JPS). He co-authored Koach Ha-Berakhah: A Guide to Birkat Ha-Chammah, the Blessing of the Sun, published by the Rabbinical Assembly. He has published articles on biblical translation, Jewish Law, and the Conservative Movement, which have appeared in Conservative Judaism, Kolot, United Synagogue Review, and Women’s League Outlook.
Rabbi Prouser was the first rabbi to receive national professional certification as a Bereavement Facilitator from the American Academy of Bereavement, under the auspices of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet. Rabbi Prouser has taken an active role in the Boy Scouts of America and its allied National Eagle Scout Association, coordinating religious services and working with an inter-faith chaplaincy team at a series of National Jamborees. Rabbi Prouser edited a Sabbath Eve prayerbook, Siddur Tzofeh V’Yodeya, for use at scouting events. Rabbi Prouser has taught Talmud and Rabbinics to Solomon Schechter Day School students, as well as Midrash, Responsa Literature, and Jewish Medical Ethics to rabbinical and cantorial students at the Academy for Jewish Religion.
Rabbi Prouser is married to Professor Ora Horn Prouser. They are the parents of three grown children.