TBH is honored to welcome Rabbi Deborah Waxman, the new president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. Rabbi Waxman will be at TBH for a public conversation about the future of the Reconstructionist Movement and of the American Jewish Community. All are invited.
Monday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.
RABBI DEBORAH WAXMAN, Ph. D., is president and the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman presidential professor of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is believed to be the first woman rabbi to head a Jewish congregational union and lead a Jewish seminary. Waxman graduated cum laude from Columbia College, Columbia University, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received rabbinical ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from RRC in 1999. She studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as both an undergraduate and graduate student, and received a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship to support her graduate work. She earned a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Temple University in May 2010; her dissertation was titled “Faith and Ethnicity in American Judaism: Reconstructionism as Ideology and Institution, 1935–1959.” Prior to her presidency, she staffed the organization’s board of more than 40 members and 13 committees—setting mandates and evaluating impact—and was key in the successful integration of the rabbinical college and the congregational union in June 2012. She led RRC’s academic accreditation work as well; she chaired self-study and review processes to demonstrate the College’s compliance with required standards. She believes that in the 21st century, as Jewish people choose from a vast array of spiritual, religious and cultural sources to construct their identities, Reconstructionist Judaism offers a distinctive way toward meaning and connection. She also is interested in fostering a more robust presence for all progressive religions in the public square.