fbpx Adina Newberg, Ph.D. | Reconstructing Judaism

Adina Newberg, Ph.D.

Adina Newberg is an Israeli living and working in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.  After teaching for many years at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College she has retired from teaching but continues to pursue her research interests.  Her areas of research include various aspects of contemporary Jewish liberal religion in both countries, as well as issues of adult change and transformation through learning. The new communities and institutions of Israeli Judaism in the “Secular Space” capture all of her interests as well as her commitment and passion for a democratic, pluralistic, and vibrant Israel.  As part of her ongoing work with this subject she has presented in conferences, published various articles and blogs and lectured in synagogues, Jewish Federations and other organizations.

While at RRC and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, Newberg served as the channel for involvement with progressive Israeli Judaism in general, as well as the new Israeli-Jewish renaissance. She is the former manager of Gateways to Israeli-Jewish Renaissance on Facebook.

A Yizkor Prayer for Righteous Gentiles

A child of Holocaust survivors, Rani Jaegar composed a yizkor prayer for Righteous Gentiles that is unique and breaks new ground. It tells the story of those who saw suffering and knew how to find their humanity. It remembers that “righteousness is an everlasting foundation” that breaks boundaries.

Article

Israeli-Jewish Renaissance: Lights in the Darkness

Writing from Israel during a wave of terror attacks, Adina Newberg finds hope during Hanukkah in grassroots initiatives for coexistence.
Article

Hope and the New Zionism

Adina Newberg sees the ideals of Israel’s Declaration of Independence under increasing pressure, but also acted out by community leaders.

News

Lights in the Darkness

Writing from Israeli during a tense period, Adina Newberg reflects on Hanukkah’s imagery of light in the darkness.

News

A Light Gone Dim

Words of remembrance and appreciation on the loss of Israeli leader Yossi Sarid

News

Flight to Tel Aviv

Adina Newberg, an Israeli-American, describes the inner transition that comes with travelling between her two homelands. 

News

Share your perspective on Reconstructing Judaism!

Take 5-10 minutes to help shape the organization’s future.

We have embarked on a strategic planning process to envision the near-term future of the organization. To inform that process, we want to understand our constituents’ needs in these tumultuous times, so we’re reaching out to you.

If you have any questions, you can contact our strategic partners and survey administrators, Third Plateau, by reaching out to Sarah Edwards at sarah@thirdplateau.com.