Dr. Rabbi Deborah Waxman has been President and CEO of Reconstructing Judaism since 2014 and is the first woman to head a Jewish congregational union and seminary. Since 2002, she has lectured at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where she is the Aaron and Marjorie Ziegelman Presidential Professor. Waxman holds degrees from Columbia College, Columbia University (cum laude), the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, a Ph.D. in American Jewish History from Temple University, and serves on the American Jewish Historical Society’s Academic Council. She has written for the Forward, The Times of Israel, HuffPost, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and is the author of several book chapters, including “‘A Lady Sometimes Blows the Shofar’: Women’s Religious Equality in the Postwar Reconstructionist Movement,” in A Jewish Feminine Mystique?: Jewish Women in Postwar America (Rutgers University Press 2010) and “Multiple Conceptualizations of the Divine,” in Sh’ma (April 2014). Rabbi Waxman is also the creator and host of the podcast Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience.
January 17, 2022