The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) founded in 1974, is the professional association of rabbis affiliated with Reconstructionist Judaism.[1] It has approximately 300 members, most of whom are graduates of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. The RRA is a member of a number of national coalitions including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.[2]

From 1987 to 1989, Rabbi Joy Levitt was the first female president of the RRA.[3]

In 2007, Rabbi Toba Spitzer became the first openly lesbian or gay person chosen to head a rabbinical association in the United States when she was elected president of the RRA.[4]

Past presidents

See also


  1. ^ Reconstructionist Judaism Archived 2007-12-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
  3. ^ Academic Dean and Professor of Church History Emeritae Rosemary Skinner Keller; Rosemary Radford Ruether; Marie Cantlon (2006). Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America: Native American creation stories. Indiana University Press. pp. 553–. ISBN 0-253-34687-8.
  4. ^ Radin, Charles A. (2007-03-13). "First openly gay rabbi elected leader". The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ "Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association - Board Members". Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. Retrieved 15 June 2020.