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Tikkun Olam Commission: Call for Lay Leader Applications

We are seeking applicants for lay and rabbinic leaders interested in serving on the Tikkun Olam Commission, jointly established by Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. 

Read the following letter for information about the purpose and composition of the Commission, and for the link to the online application, due August 10th.

PDF copy available here: 


June 6, 2018

Dear Reconstructionist Clergy, Lay Leaders & Professional Staff,

We are the co-chairs of the Tikkun Olam Commission (TOC), a partnership between Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, which seeks to support engagement in tikkun olam efforts across the movement. We are currently looking for commission members. We encourage you to apply and to share this message with anyone who may be interested in applying. We are hopeful that the commission will include tikkun olam leaders in our Reconstructionist congregations and in the nonprofit world, and we seek a group of passionate individuals who appropriately reflect the diversity of the movement.

The Composition of the TOC

TOC Co-Chair Angela Milstein is the Vice President for Tikkun Olam at Kehillat Israel, the Reconstructionist congregation in Pacific Palisades, California.  Angela has been an active member at KI for 18 years and has served in a number of leadership positions.  Most recently, she has coordinated and overseen robust social justice and social action programs at KI for the past three years.  Angela also serves as a member of the Reconstructing Judaism Board of Governors and as Vice President of the Westside Food Bank Board of Directors.

TOC Co-Chair Rabbi Renee Bauer (RRC ’05) is the Director of Chaplaincy and Outreach for Jewish Social Services of Madison, Wisconsin. In this role she serves as the community chaplain and coordinates outreach and advocacy for the agency’s Refugee Resettlement Program. Renee formerly served as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice of South Central Wisconsin for nine years and as the rabbi of Reconstructionist Congregation Mayim Rabim in Minneapolis for six years. She is a current member of the RRA Board of Directors.

In addition, the TOC is supported by Taryn Wyron, Tikkun Olam Specialist at Reconstructing Judaism.  Taryn’s background working with nonprofit organizations and Jewish communities, coupled with her passion for social justice, make her an excellent partner in this work.

Finally, the TOC will be comprised of 15-22 commission members and will include the following:

  • No fewer than five members of congregations affiliated with Reconstructing Judaism (slate to be approved by the Plenum and the Board of Governors)
  • No fewer than five members of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (to be appointed by the RRA)
  • At least one current student and one current faculty member from the RRC (to be chosen by the Reconstructionist Student Association and the faculty, respectively)
  • At least two members of the Reconstructing Judaism Board of Governors (to be appointed by the Board of Governors)
  • Up to six others (these additional members will also be a part of the slate submitted for approval by the Plenum and the Board of Governors)

We are looking for applicants with a passion for this work, a commitment to Reconstructionism, an openness to diverse points of view, and an appreciation for the process of building a program from the ground up, in true Reconstructionist fashion.

The Work of the TOC

The initial work of the TOC will be to articulate the long-term goals of the commission and a determination of how best those can be accomplished.  We will gather feedback, suggestions and best practices from all interested stakeholders about how Reconstructing Judaism and the RRA can best support the work of Reconstructionist clergy, professional staff, lay leaders and communities to magnify their impact, build relationships, and deepen meaningful engagement across the movement in the work of healing the world.  The TOC will then evaluate how it can best meet the expressed needs with the resources available and propose a mandate, which will include plans for the continued composition and operation of the commission.  That mandate will be presented for approval to the Plenum, the Reconstructing Judaism Board of Governors, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

How to Get Involved

If you are a lay leader who would like to participate, please submit your application for the Tikkun Olam Commission here: https://reconstructionistevents.wufoo.com/forms/w16f9g5x0e12k4d/.

We welcome applications from across the movement. In selecting applicants, consideration will be given to candidates’ substantive qualifications, including areas of expertise, current and past roles, skills, and experiences.  We will also make every effort to include appropriate representation of the range of views, interests and demographic makeup of the broader movement membership. 

Please note that a slate of five rabbis for this commission will be selected by the RRA.  If you are a rabbi who would like to participate, we encourage you to contact Rabbi Elyse Wechterman.

Applications should be submitted by August 10, 2018.  The process of forming the TOC is expected to be completed at or before the November 2018 Convention of Reconstructing Judaism and work will begin immediately thereafter.

Please contact either of us with questions.



Angela Milstein (angela.milstein@gmail.com)

Rabbi Renee Bauer (rabbi@jssmadison.org)

Co-chairs, Tikkun Olam Commission