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Join Rabbi Deborah Waxman and fellow leaders Cheryl Cook, CEO of Avodah; Cindy Greenberg, CEO of Repair the World; and Ilana Aisen, CEO of JPro, on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. EDT | 6 p.m. CDT | 5 p.m. MDT | 4 p.m. PDT for this special one-hour virtual event, also featuring Seth L. Rosen, chair of Reconstructing Judaism’s board of governors, and Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Director of Racial Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  

Your tax-deductible registration supports Reconstructing Judaism’s Momentum Campaign, powering Reconstructing Judaism’s impact and effectiveness for generations to come. 

If you would like to make a gift via check, wire, securities or donor advised fund, or have other questions, please contact Rachel Swartz Robinson at rrobinson@reconstructingjudaism.org.

This year, Reconstructing Judaism is honoring its leader, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, for her 10 trailblazing years as president and CEO. Deborah has met turbulent times with hope and resolve, projecting a vision of Judaism that inspires people to share wisdom, connect in community, prioritize inclusion, innovate for future generations and build resilience to surmount obstacles. Don’t miss your chance to honor her and experience a conversation with other pioneering female leaders about the lessons of the past decade, and the hopeful progress to come. As part of your registration, sign our virtual tribute wall.

The virtual event will be recorded and shared out to those who register.

When Jewish women lead...

Wisdom is activated 
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) was founded as an egalitarian institution and has, for over 50 years, educated rabbis who have touched countless lives across the world, sharing a forward-looking approach to Judaism rooted in tradition. 

Community is nurtured 
Reconstructing Judaism’s Thriving Communities department supports 94 affiliated congregations and havurot on three continents, offering a uniquely Reconstructionist conception of belonging.

Inclusion is centered 
Reconstructing Judaism is committed to expanding access to vibrant Jewish living while remaining rooted in tradition. We realize this goal through our programs in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Innovation is cultivated 
Through online platforms like Ritualwell & Evolve and entrepreneurial training initiatives at RRC, Reconstructing Judaism inspires new conceptions of Jewish engagement and community. 

Resilience is strengthened 
Through our affiliated communities, digital platforms, rabbinic education and more, we pioneer ideas and programs to help people find hope in the face of challenge.

Inspiration is accelerated
Reconstructing Judaism serves as the flame keeper of the Reconstructionist approach, championing ideas, policies and advocacy in service of the evolving Jewish civilization for generations to come.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

The first woman and openly LGBTQ person to head a Jewish congregational union and a Jewish seminary, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., became president and chief executive officer of Reconstructing Judaism in 2014. Since then, she has drawn on her training as a rabbi and historian to be the Reconstructionist movement’s leading voice in the public square.

Featured Speakers

Cheryl Cook

Cheryl Cook

Cheryl Cook (she/her) is CEO of Avodah, which develops lifelong social justice leaders whose work is informed by Jewish values and who inspire the Jewish community to work toward a more just and equitable world.

Cindy Greenberg

Cindy Greenberg

Cindy Greenberg (she/her) is the President and CEO of Repair the World, whose mission is to mobilize Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service.

Ilana Aisen

Ilana Aisen

Ilana Aisen (she/her) serves as CEO of JPro. JPro amplifies the ability of Jewish community professionals to contribute to the vitality of their communities, supports career growth, and serves as the central resource for professional development.

Seth Rosen

Seth Rosen

Seth L. Rosen (he/him) has been chair of Reconstructing Judaism's board of governors since 2017. A member of Bet Am Shalom in White Plains, NY, he is a retired partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Rabbi Sandra Lawson

Rabbi Sandra Lawson (she/her) Reconstructing Judaism’s inaugural director of racial justice, diversity and inclusion, works to help Reconstructing Judaism realize its deeply held aspiration of becoming an anti-racist organization, rabbinical seminary and movement.

If you have questions about giving via another vehicle, or if finances are a barrier to attending this event, please email momentum@reconstructingjudaism.org.

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