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.