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Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Rabbi Emeritus, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation in Pacific Palisades, California

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D., is Rabbi Emeritus of Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation in Pacific Palisades, California. A past president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Steven has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including Chrysalis, Global Children’s Organization, I Have a Dream Foundation, and The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring. He is the recipient of numerous community awards, including the Micah Award for founding the largest full-service homeless shelter in Los Angeles. A nationally recognized expert in the field of moral education, he has written numerous books on the topic, as well as on interfaith family issues. His latest book is Becoming Jewish – The Challenges, Rewards, and Paths to Conversion. Steven’s earned degrees include two bachelor’s degrees, in philosophy and political science, from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California; and a Ph.D. in religion from Sierra University. He was ordained in 1976 by the Hebrew Union College.

If I Had Only Known - Parashat Vayigash

Joseph believed that his entire life was part of God's plan. Should we? Can we?

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The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben reflects on the power of dreams and their interpretation. 

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Reconstructionism Explained

What is Reconstructionist Judaism? Its essence is contained in the phrase, “Judaism is the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people.” Unpacking this phrase, we find five simple keys to understanding the philosophy and beliefs of Reconstructionist Judaism.

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Raising Future Decision Makers: Ten Keys to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert in the field of moral education and has written extensively on that topic. In this recording of a community teaching call, he discusses raising ethical children of character and share ten keys to leading your children to ethical choices in everyday life:

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Sometimes You Have to Close Your Eyes and Leap

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben reflects on the Reconstructionist spirit of innovation and how it shaped his 29-year rabbinate at a flagship Reconstructionist congregation.

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Life, Death and Holiness

During a trip to Israel in the midst of national trauma, Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben reflects on the holiness to be found in unlikely places.

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