Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Rabbi Goldie Milgram founded and directs the 501C3 Reclaiming Judaism and Reclaiming Judaism Press. Her tenure in Jewish communal service has been in virtually every position--from serving as a Jewish Federation and Board of Jewish Education executive, Jewish camp, Hillel, foundation and religious school founder/director, through an extensive career in academia--as a Dean of the Academy for Jewish Religion, on faculty for the ALEPH Ordination Programs, Princeton University, Gettysburg College, and now as founder and Dean of the Reclaiming Judaism Maggid-Educator Ordination Program (SM) and Editor-in-Chief at Reclaiming Judaism Press.

Rabbi Milgram served as director and then consultant in Innovative Jewish Life and Learning for the 92nd St Y, as well as consulting and offering programs to hundreds of congregations, Jewish community centers, camps, and college student life programs, schools. and conferences across the spectrum of Jewish life worldwide. She is the author eight books, as represented under Books on this webite. 

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in a combined program with the Wharton School, the medical school, the College for Women and Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Rabbi Milgram also holds a doctorate, M.S.W., and M.H.L. in addition to her rabbinic graduation from  the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the lineage smichah (ordination) of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as rabbi, mashpi'ah, maggid and shaliach.

"Reb Goldie," or "Rabbi Goldie" as Rabbi Milgram is affectionately called by her students, was founding chairperson of the first program of gender studies at a Jewish institution of higher learning, which evolved after her tenure into what is known today as Kolot, a department of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She also served for over a decade as founding innovator of, and anchor person for NBC 40's Health Watch, America's first public health talk television program. She also long-volunteered as a scholar-in-residence for Project Kesher and helped to found the UN affiliate, the Women Founders Collective, which provides support to women in developing nations in the creation of NGOs.

Presently also the Book Review Editor for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, when her schedule allows she also teaches for the Gamliel Institute, the Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva and Jewish Values Online, in addition to traveling at least half of the year doing research and serving as a scholar-in-residence for communities and organizations worldwide.

Rabbi Goldie Milgram also innovated, and for over a decade directed and co-anchored, the first public health television interview program, Health Watch for NBC TV 40, as well as a newspaper column by the same name. For these, as well as her volunteer leadership in the creation of programs for professional and public health education she was named an American Cancer Society Most Distinguished Citizen and holds additional journalism awards from the Council of Jewish Federations.

"She helps us to bring heart and soul to our involvement in Jewish life."
     --Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi