RENA (Reconstructionist Educators of North America) | Reconstructing Judaism


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.


Annual RENA Conference 2017

Rocky Mountain Chai: Filling Up & Taking It With You

Took place November 14th-16th, 2017 in Denver, Colorado

For conference details, see: 

RENA hosts an annual professional development conference designed to build our mutual skill set, hone our thinking, and grow our professional support network.  We enthusiastically welcome any educator who is eligible to be a member of RENA to our conferences, including: educators working in Reconstructionist affiliate settings, Reconstructionist rabbis working as educators, and past RENA members who are now working in Jewish education outside of the movement.  We welcome other guests on a case by case basis.  Please contact Andrea Finestrauss if you want to learn more about becoming a member of RENA.  

For more information on the conference, contact Carol Morris at or Tara Salzman at


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
  • RRC graduates 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 Andrea Finestrauss at


Mission Statement and Bylaws

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 the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities (now known as 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