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October 27, 2014 2:45 pm

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Inaugurates First Female President

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JNS.org – The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College inaugurated its first female president on Sunday, an appointment also marking the first time a woman has been elected president of both a seminary and a Jewish religious movement. It is also the first time an openly gay woman has attained such a role.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman became the president of a movement seeking to “reconstruct” Jewish needs based on modern spiritual needs.

“It has been energizing to know that I will not be marginalized or disqualified from serving the Jewish people,” Waxman, 46, told the Forward. “I deeply appreciate—and have richly benefited from—the Reconstructionist movement’s vanguard work on inclusion, and hope to continue it as president.”

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