Rabbi James Prosnit has been Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Israel since 1990. Rabbi Prosnit previously served as Associate Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto.
He received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and M.A. degrees from New York University (Education) and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Hebrew Literature) where he current serves on the Board of Governors. He was ordained from HUC-JIR in New York in 1981 and received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2006. He currently serves on HUC–JIR’s Presidents Council, and is chair of the Rabbinic Alumni Association.
Since 1990 he has also been an adjunct lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at Fairfield University and is a member of the advisory board of the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield.
Among numerous community activities, Rabbi Prosnit is co-chair of the Bridgeport Prospers, Collective Impact Leadership Team organized by the United Way. He is past president and current board member of Connecticut Against Gun Violence and a past chair of Operation Hope, a homeless shelter and social service agency in Fairfield.
Rabbi Prosnit lives in Fairfield with his wife, Wendy Bloch. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law and recently have begun to experience the delights of being grandparents.