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Where Our Graduates Serve


Where Our Graduates Serve

More than one-third of our alumni work in congregations and havurot. Several of our graduates are considered rising stars in the Hillel world. Roughly 10 percent of our graduates serve as chaplains in hospitals, hospice settings, prisons, assisted-living communities, rehabilitation centers and in the United States military. Alumni also live in Israel and work toward building a more just society there infused with Jewish values. Other employers include Jewish agencies, community centers, social justice organizations, Jewish day schools and supplementary schools.

Class of 2018
Rabbi Jacob Best Adler, Congregation Kehilat Shalom, Belle Mead, N.J.
Rabbi Elyssa Cherney, Temple Judea of Bucks County, Furlong, Pa.
Rabbi Emily Cohen, Lab/Shul, Brooklyn
Rabbi David Eber, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston, Evanston, Il.
Rabbi Nathan Kamesar, Society Hill Synagogue, Philadelphia
Rabbi Ariana Katz, Hinenu:The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, Baltimore
Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Elon University, Elon, N.C. 
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, Bend the Arc, Washington, D.C.

Class of 2017
Rabbi Julianne Benioff, Temple Emek Shalom, Ashland, Ore. 
Rabbi Mimi Ferraro, Congregation Tiferes B’Nai Israel, Warrington, Pa. 
Rabbi Rayna Ilyza Grossman, Lions Gate Continuing Care Retirement Community, Voorhees, N.J.
Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae, West End Synagogue, Manhattan
Dr. Birgit Klein, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Rabbi Kami Knapp, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Rabbi Leiah Moser, Congregation Tiferes B’Nai, Warrington, Pa. 
Rabbi Michael Pollack, March On Harrisburg, Philadelphia
Rabbi Jamie Serber, Sanford Health, Fargo, N.D. 
Rabbi Hannah Spiro, Hill Havurah, Washington, D.C. 
Rabbi Diane Tracht, Baptist Health Louisville, Louisville, Ky. 
Rabbi Marley Weiner, Hillel at Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y.
Rabbi Alexander Weissman, Brown RISD Hillel, Providence, R.I. 

Class of 2016
Rabbi Shelley Goldman, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Rabbi Greg Hersh, Temple Emanuel of Wakefield, Wakefield, Mass. 
Rabbi Marisa Elana James, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Manhattan
Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner, Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation, Ann Arbor, Mich. 
Rabbi Matan Peled, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Fla. 
Rabbi Nathan Weiner, Congregation Beth Tikvah, Marlton, N.J. 

Class of 2015
Rabbi Shelly Barnathan, Or Zarua, Havertown, Pa. 
Rabbi David Basior, Kadima Reconstructionist Community, Seattle 
Rabbi Jason Bonder, Congregation Beth Or, Ambler, Pa. 
Rabbi Kathryn Cook, Heart Hospital of Austin, Austin, Tx. 
Rabbi Elana Friedman, Jewish Life at Duke University, Durham, N.C. 
Rabbi Jacob Lieberman, Temple Beth El, Newark, Del. 
Rabbi Ruhi Sophia Rubenstein, Temple Beth Israel, Eugene, Ore. 
Rabbi George Wielechowski, Moishe Foundation, Encinita, Calif. 

Class of 2014
Rabbi Tamara Cohen, Moving Traditions, Jenkintown, Pa.
Rabbi Ilanit Goldberg-Gradess, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhattan
Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill, Tidewater Chavurah, Virginia Beach, Va. 
Rabbi Malka Packer-Monroe, Interfaith Family, Atlanta
Rabbi Danielle Parmenter, Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell, Pa. 
Rabbi Nicholas Renner, Kehillat Israel, Newark, Del. 

Our alumni play a leading role in creating and stewarding Jewish life and organizations throughout North America and around the world. Students trained at the College are consistently included on lists of the leading North American rabbis, such as the Forward’s list of the 50 most influential American Jews.

Reflecting our commitment to impact and innovation, a number of our graduates are social entrepreneurs, working to build the next big idea in Jewish life. Whether it is heading an initiative that funds spiritual innovators, like the Open Dor Project, injecting Jewish values into statewide politics through organizations like March on Harrisburg, or growing a radically inclusive and joyful community like Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, our alumni are forging new paths and redefining the rabbinate for a new generation. They help Jews and those who love us build lives of meaning. To foster innovation, we provide entrepreneurial grants to students and recent graduates to launch new projects that make Judaism relevant to the current day.

Upon graduation, Reconstructionist rabbis are welcomed as members of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, which serves their professional, educational, collegial and communal needs. Visit its website to learn more about the RRA, its Office of Rabbinical Career Development and its programs and services.