A First in the Jewish World - Interview with Rabbi Waxman

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Rabbi Deborah Waxman: We’ve been doing that in my home for the past 30 years. I see the orange as both a symbol of celebration and of challenge. In the Reconstructionist movement we can celebrate [this change]. In the wider Jewish world it’s still a challenge. One of the things about bringing a Reconstructionist analysis more fully across the wider Jewish community would be a shattering of what seems to be a glass ceiling. Instead, it should be what I see at the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.

One of the organizations that the RRC and the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities participate in is the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. It’s a group of 22 organizations working together. The round table is a very diverse set of leaders, and I see a lot of women there — as opposed to what I see in the wider Jewish world, which is a lot of men.