New head at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College a historic hire for female rabbinic, LGBT communities

( Rabbi Deborah Waxman will step in as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) on Jan. 1, becoming the first female rabbi ever to head a Jewish congregational organization. A lesbian, she is also the first LGBT rabbi to attain a senior leadership position for a Jewish denomination.

“I deeply appreciate—and have richly benefited from—the Reconstructionist movement’s vanguard work on inclusion, and hope to continue it as president,” Waxman, 46, told the Forward.

Waxman, who previously served as vice president of the RRC, helped integrate the Reconstructionist movement’s rabbinical college with its congregational union. She succeeds Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz.


Posted on October 10, 2013 .