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RENA Educators' Network

RENA, The Reconstructionist Educators of North America, is a professional group for people leading schools in Reconstructionist congregations and other educators committed to the values and vision of Reconstructionist education.

RENA in Hebrew means both “spirited song” and also “shout.” As Reconstructionist Educators of North America, we have come together to share the joy we find in Jewish educational leadership. But we’re also here to speak up to help our voices be heard for Jewish education.


Who is Eligible for RENA Membership?

  • Individuals who are currently serving Reconstructionist congregations as Directors of Education or Assistant Directors, or those  who are recognized as fulfilling these functions by their congregation, whether or not they are compensated
  • Directors of Jewish Early Childhood programs in Reconstructionist congregations
  • Paid Youth Directors in Reconstructionist congregations
  • Paid Family Educators in Reconstructionist congregations
  • Graduates of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who function as Education Directors
  • Former RENA members who are working as Jewish educators in non-Reconstructionist settings

The RENA membership form is available here:

For more information, please contact Carol Morris (carol@bnaihavurah.org)


Annual RENA Conference 2019

Join us in Southern California, November 19-21, 2019

We can’t wait to see you in just a few short weeks in sunny Southern California!! 

To those who have already registered, yay! Let us know if you have any questions or need help with arrangements.

To those of you who haven’t yet signed up, let’s make it happen! The registration form is available here:

Pack your sunscreen for a beautiful ‘week’ in Southern California in Irvine and Encinitas.

We will connect, collaborate, be creative, and have fun doing it.

The weather here is beautiful, and it will feel enriching to be together at this delicate time in the Jewish Education world.  We seem to work in silos all year long, and there is so much to learn from each other’s stories.  Let’s move mountains!



Mission Statement

R.E.N.A., The Reconstructionist Educators of North America, will:

  • provide an organizational framework and support group for Reconstructionist Education Directors;
  • clarify and develop the roles of Reconstructionist Education Directors within their individual institutions and within Reconstructing Judaism);
  • advocate within individual institutions and within Reconstructing Judaism for the needs of education programs and educators;
  • promote development of long-term goals and vision for Reconstructionist Jewish Education; and
  • promote sharing of current practices and goals in Reconstructionist education in the areas of curriculum, personnel issues, administration of youth and adult education programs

RENA is an affiliate organization of Reconstructing Judaism.


Current RENA Board