Rabbi Deborah Waxman
President, Presidential Professor
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.” 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.
March 14, 2016
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