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Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. President
Rabbi Amber Powers Executive Vice President
Elsie R. Stern, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cyd Weissman Vice President for Innovation and Impact
Tresa Grauer, Ph.D. Vice President for Thriving Communities


Board of Governors


Seth Rosen Chair Larchmont, N.Y. 
Susan Beckerman Vice Chair New York City
Susan Levine Vice Chair Sonoma, Calif.
Howard Kerbel Secretary Upper Montclair, N.J.
Eric Rosenbaum Treasurer New York City
David Roberts Chair Emeritus St. Louis
Don Shapiro Chair Emeritus Naples, Fla.

Ex Officio

Fred Andes Lay Chair, Joint Israel Commission Chicago, Il.
Edwin Baum Chair of the Plenum New York City
Carmen Corrales Lay Chair, Jews of Color and Allies Advisory Committee Maplewood, N.J.
Rabbi Vivie Mayer Faculty Representative Elkins Park, Pa.
Shahanna McKinney-Baltom Lay Chair, Tikkun Olam Commission Madison, Wisc.
Michael Mitchell Chair, Movement Growth and Financial Health Commission Toronto
Marc Overbeck Plenum Steering Committee Representative Salem, Ore.
Mark Pinsky Plenum Steering Committee Representative Philadelphia
Rabbi Amber Powers Executive Vice President Abington, Pa.
Rabbi Isaac Saposnik Executive Director, Havaya Summer Programs Philadelphia
Judith Spatz Representative, Jewish Reconstructionist Camping Corporation Davie, Fla.
Elsie Stern, Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs Philadelphia
Rabbi Elliott Tepperman President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Montclair, N.J.
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. President Elkins Park, Pa.
Mikey Hess Webber Student Representative Philadelphia
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman Executive Director, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Abington, Pa.

Members of the Board of Governors

Howard Blitman Scarsdale, N.Y.
Rabbi Fredi Cooper Wyndmoor, Pa.
Barbara Dolgin New York City
William H. Fern, Ph.D. Westport, Conn.
William Halpern Darnestown, Md.
Karen Kolodny New York City
Rabbi David Kominsky Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Herbert Krasnow White Plains, N.Y.
Rabbi Jessica Lott Chicago
Michael Lurey Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Jonathan Markowitz Evanston, Ill.
Mark Nussbaum La Jolla, Calif.
David Piver Newtown Square. Pa.
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. Pacific Palisades, Calif.
John Riehl Laurel, Md.
Miriam Roland Montreal
Arkady Serebryannik Irvine, Calif.
David Sigman New York City
Rabbi Avi Winokur Haddonfield, N.J.
Rabbi Lina Zerbarini Lynbrook, N.Y.

Honorary Governors

Daniel Levin Chicago
Myrna Sigman Edwards, Colo.
Aaron Ziegelman New York City


Past Presidents

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, ‘89 President, 2002-2013
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D. President, 1993-2002
Rabbi Arthur Green, Ph.D. President, 1987-1993
Rabbi Ira Silverman, z”l President, 1981-1986
Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, Ph.D., z”l College Founder and President, 1968-1981


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