Joshua Maxey (he/him) is the Executive Director of Bet Mishpachah, DC’S LGBTQ+ synagogue. Josh moved to the Washington, DC area in 2015 to join a local volunteer program where he volunteered for a year at a local organization assisting the unhoused in our community. Josh has a passion for Tikkun Olam and working to create spaces of belonging within the Jewish community. Josh currently is a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation where he sits on the SEA Change Racial Equity Committee, Co-Chair of the Internal Recommendations Committee, organizer of the Jews of affinity space as well as serves on the 2239 Young Professional Steering Committee. Josh is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; the National Bell Festival, an organization that works to restore bells and towers throughout the Washington, DC area; and Franciscan Mission Service, an organization that sends Catholic lay volunteers to the DMV area and overseas to serve in impoverished communities. Josh is originally from Rochester, NY.
On November 2, 2022, I landed at Ben Gurion Airport for the first time. Filled with many emotions, this being my first trip to Israel, I decided to keep an open mind as I joined twelve young adult leaders on a journey to learn more about Israel, Zionism, and why Jews in the Diaspora, especially in the United States, should be engaged.