Episode 1: New Jewish Spaces (Interview with Rabbi Shira Stutman) | Reconstructing Judaism

Episode 1: New Jewish Spaces (Interview with Rabbi Shira Stutman)

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Episode 1: New Jewish Spaces (Interview with Rabbi Shira Stutman) by Jewishrecon

In this interview, Rabbi Shira Stutman reflects on the promise and potential of an open, welcoming and pluralistic synagogue and community space. 

 

Transcript

A transcript of this podcast is available here. 

Show Notes

Rabbi Shira Stutman serves as Director of Jewish Programming at Sixth & I in Washington, DC. Her focus is to make Jewish meaning and build Jewish community for young professionals. When not at Sixth & I, she serves as the scholar-in-residence for the National Women’s Philanthropy program at the Jewish Federations of North America. She is a member of the board of directors of Jews United for Justice and on the J Street rabbinic cabinet. She graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. 

The interview for this podcast was conducted by Hila Ratzabi, Editorial Associate for Ritualwell.org. Audio editing and production by Rabbi Michael Fessler, Editor of Jewishrecon.org.

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