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The Reconstructionist Educators of North America RENA, is a professional group for leaders of  schools in Reconstructionist congregations.“Ree-nah” in Hebrew means both “spirited song” and also “shout.” As Reconstructionist Educators of North America, we  come together to share the joy we find in Jewish educational leadership, and to speak up to have our voices be heard for Jewish education.


Who is Eligible for RENA Membership?

  • Directors of Education or Assistant Directors in Reconstructionist Congregations, or those who are recognized as fulfilling these functions by their congregation, whether or not it is in their title, and 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 and are committed to the values and vision of Reconstructionist education.

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
  • 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.

The RENA Membership form is available here.

For more information, and for a calendar of RENA events, please contact RENA Board Chair Debra Fricano (Debra@saj.nyc)

RENA Board (November 2023 – November 2025)

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