2017 Annual Report

Let's Journey Together

through these challenging times and into the future. The landscape of world politics continues to change, and many people have been left feeling anxious. It is during these challenging times that Reconstructionist communities shine the brightest. Our congregations and havurot offer meaning, connection, conversation, and—when needed—support and healing.

This is also a time for action. Activism is hardwired into our DNA, and we don’t shy away from taking bold positions. Our congregations and havurot are committed to transforming our communities to welcome all people who want to help build a vital Jewish future. Our students and rabbis stand with others in defense of religious freedom and the environment, urge people to welcome immigrants and refugees into our communities and our homes, and call for religious tolerance and understanding.

It is always a time to celebrate our children. Camp JRF is an oasis where children can be who they are. The camp has been widely recognized for embracing children of diverse backgrounds. We are now embarking on a new journey as we prepare to open a West Coast arts-themed camp in 2018!

The future is bright. We recently graduated another class of changemaking rabbis well-trained in reconstructing Judaism. The class of 2017 reflects a beautiful and joyous Jewish community that continues to evolve and become more diverse every day. Our newest rabbis are heading into congregations, social justice organizations, college campuses, hospitals, continuing care retirement communities and religious schools, where they will be reconstructing Judaism in bold, ground-breaking ways for the betterment of their communities and the world.

To learn more about reconstructing Judaism, join our Facebook community. Sign up to receive our e-publications. Attend our upcoming events. Perhaps attend a service at one of our nearly 100 congregations and havurot across North America.

This past year reminds us all how much our voices matter, and how strikingly Reconstructionist Judaism acts as a force for good in people’s lives. We invite you to journey with us through these challenging times and into the future.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.


(Statement of financial position (audited) as of August 31, 2016.)

Board of Governors


David Roberts
vice chair
Susan Beckerman
Vice Chair
Seth Rosen
Howard Kerbel
Karen Kolodny
Aaron Ziegelman
Donald L. Shapiro


Howard Blitman
Joseph N. Cohen
William H. Fern, Ph.D.
Hans Grunwald, M.D.
Herbert Krasnow
David Kuney
Daniel Levin
Michael Lurey
Jonathan Markowitz
Rabbi Diana Miller
Mark Nussbaum
Rabbi Debra Rappaport
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.
John Riehl
Miriam Roland
Eric Rosenbaum
Myrna Sameth
Myrna Sigman
Rabbi Avi Winokur
Rabbi Lina Zerbarini


Hon. Abraham Clott
Chair, Congregational Services Committee and Chair of the Plenum
Rabbi Seth Goldstein
President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rabbi Joshua Lesser
Chair, Tikkun Olam Commission
Rabbi Vivie Mayer
RRC Faculty Representative
Michael Mitchell
Chair, Movement Growth and Financial Health Commission
Janine Jankovitz Pastor
RRC Student Representative
Josh Peskin, Ph.D.
Vice President for Strategic Advancement
Rabbi Amber Powers
Executive Vice President
Rabbi Isaac Saposnik
Director, Camp JRF
Judith Spatz
Representative, Jewish Reconstructionist Camping Corporation
Elsie Stern, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
Executive Director, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

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