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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Rabbi Deborah Waxman

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., is the president of Reconstructing Judaism, the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement, which includes the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University; was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; and received her Ph.D. from Temple University. She has published several academic articles and writes regularly for The Forward, eJewish Philanthropy, The Times of Israel, and other publications.

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Reconstructionist Judaism in the United States

Reconstructionist Judaism was founded in America in the early twentieth century, inspired by the ideas of Mordecai Kaplan as well as modern and American influences. A fierce commitment to integrating democracy into Jewish life has ensured that, from its founding, Reconstructionism has been expansive around raising up the voices and experiences of women in Jewish religious life and leadership.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rabbi Deborah Waxman." (Viewed on March 20, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/waxman-deborah>.


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