Our Staff

Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram, MSW (resume) founded and directs the 501C3 non-profit Reclaiming Judaism, serving as President/Executive Director of the Reclaiming Judaism Institute for Jewish Spiritual Education and founding dean its Maggid-Educator Ordination Program, and founder and Editor-in-Chief of Reclaiming Judaism Press. She is also co-President of the Association of Professional Jewish Artists.

Faculty Bios


Ellen Frankel, Co-Editor

Ellen Frankel, serves on the Reclaiming Judaism Press Editorial Board. She is co-editor of the Reclaiming Judaism Press publication Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning and New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family. Dr. Frankel served for eighteen years as the Editor in Chief and CEO of The Jewish Publication Society, and currently serves as its first Editor Emerita.  She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton.  

Sara Harwin

Sara Harwin

Over a career spanning more than forty years of continuous productivity, Sara Harwin has earned widespread recognition for work from fine art to ritual and ceremonial art, including torah mantles, tallitot, parochot and chuppot. These works utilize diverse techniques, including acrylic painting, paper-cutting, mixed media, limited edition prints, stained and etched glass, and fiber art.

Batya Podos

Batya Podos is an ordained maggid, teacher and storyteller in the Jewish tradition. She also teaches pre-b’nai mitzvah students at her congregation and is the director of “Abraham’s Tent”—an interfaith summer camp for Christian, Jewish and Muslim children. One of her goals is to have children connect with the Divine through their personal experience of the stories within their tradition.

Rabbi Joyce Reinitz

Rabbi Joyce Reinitz, also a psychotherapist, specializes in Jewish healing using the therapeutic guidance modalities developed by her honored teacher, of blessed memory, Madame Colette Aboulker-Muscat. She provides written and oral visualizations throughout ReclaimingJudaism.org. Also a student of Dr. Gerald Epstein, her article on using imagery as a technique for spiritual growth is available in Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Direction.

Cassandra Sagan

Cassandra Sagan has devoted her life to helping others access their creative brilliance through poetry, storytelling, movement, and Torah. For twenty years Cassandra taught as a Poet in the Classroom, pre-schoolers through high school, adults and seniors; in gifted, new immigrant, and special needs classrooms; editing and producing almost 100 volumes of student writing.

Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram, storyteller, teacher, author and recording artist, is Professor of Speech and Drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She is author of twelve books of Jewish folktales, including The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales, and recorded a CD, The Minstrel and the Storyteller with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning (Reclaiming Judaism Press) was published in her honor.

Cherie Karo Schwartz

Cherie Karo SchwartzMA in Developmental Theater, is a storyteller, author, and educator living in Denver. She serves as a faculty member of the Reclaiming Judaism Maggid-Educator Ordination Program. Cherie has shared stories with audiences of all ages throughout America and abroad for forty years.

Mindy Shapiro

Mindy Shapiro, MA, is a Jewish communal professional with over 30 years of experience. She was the founding director of Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, a program of Moving Traditions. She has also worked for other Jewish organizations including Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, International Hillel and the Gershman Y. Mindy has been studying mussar with Rabbi Ira Stone since 2003, was a founding member of Mussar Pathways, a national Mussar program under the tutelage of Rabbi Ira Stone. She is a senior Mussar teacher.

Danny Siegel

Danny Siegel is best known for bringing the discussion of Tzedakah and doing Tikkun Olam back into Jewish communities. A well-known author, lecturer, and poet, Danny has spoken in more than 500 North American Jewish communities on personalized Tzedakah, Mitzvah heroes, and Jewish values. He is the author of numerous books, including Danny Siegel’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Mitzvah Book: A Practical Guide For Changing the World Through Your Simcha; Heroes and Miracle Workers, a collection of essays about everyday people who are Mitzvah Heroes; Who, Me?

Rabbi Shohama Harris Wiener

Rabbi Shohama Wiener continues as a co-editor of several Reclaiming Judaism Press books, including The Wisdom of Reb Zalman, publication anticipated in 2018. She long served as our Rosh Hashpa'ah and now does so for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She is also founding Director of HASHPA'AH, ALEPH's training for Jewish clergy to receive ordination as Spiritual Director and Mashpia (Jewish Spiritual Guide) and serves as Rabbi of the inclusive and innovative Temple Beth-El of City Island, NY.