Rabbi Ari Sunshine joined Congregation Shearith Israel in July 2017 as Senior Rabbi. Previously, Rabbi Sunshine served as Rabbi of B’nai Shalom of Olney from November 2006 to June 2017. He also recently served as the President of the Greater Olney Interfaith Ministerium and as the President of the Washington-Baltimore Region of the Rabbinical Assembly.
After graduation from college, Rabbi Sunshine served three years at Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts as Youth Director and Senior USY Advisor. In 1997 he decided to attend the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
While the Rabbi attended the Seminary, he also served as a Rabbinic Intern for Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, and for The American University in Washington, D.C. Rabbi Sunshine has extensive experience working at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California. He staffed United Synagogue Youth on Wheels during the summer of 1995 and was a group leader for United Synagogue Youth Pilgrimage to Israel and Eastern Europe. He received his MA and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in the spring of 2002. From July 2002 until November of 2006, Rabbi Sunshine served as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rabbi Sunshine and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Jonah and Elana.