Resume of Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Resume Brief: Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Published in &/or cited by: The New York Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, Time, Hadassah & Moment Magazines, PBS

Founder & Executive Vice President, Reclaiming Judaism and Editor-in-Chief, Reclaiming Judaism Press (501C3 non-profit), 2000-present. 
Dean and Founder, Jewish Spiritual Education: Maggid-Educator Ordination Program. Innovator of award-winning programs and books, also educator training, religious services, rituals and resources for Jewish spiritual education and guidance. Programs provided in over 547 cities and over 78 countries.

Websites and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah [R]evolution:

Author/Editor (major recent publications are listed)

Metaphor Matters: Hidden Secrets about God in the Bible, Reclaiming Judaism Press, Publication Anticipated Fall 2018.

Editor with team of colleagues, Creating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah [R]evolution: Anthology of Ideas and Best Practices by Leading Innovators, Reclaiming Judaism Press, Publication anticipated Fall 2018.

Editor with Geela Rayzel Raphael and Dr. Sarah Ross, Adding Our Voices: The Torah of Jewish Women's Voices in Song, Reclaiming Judaism Press, Publication anticipated Fall 2017.

“Choose Life: Identifying and Addressing the Spiritual Needs of B'nei Mitzvah Students and Families”, CCAR Quarterly, Spring 2014

with Ellen Frankel [Eds], New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family, (Reclaiming Judaism Press [RJP'15]]

Reclaiming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a Spiritual Rite of Passage, (RJP '14) Featured at the Jewish Futures Conference, part of a body of work honored by the Covenant Foundation 

with Rabbi Shohama Harris Wiener [Ed], Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Guidance and Development, 2nd Ed, RJP '14)

[Ed], featuring original artwork by Sara Harwin, lluminated Letters: Threads of Connection, (RJP '14) Featured at Oregon Jewish Museum as companion to exhibition by the same name

with Ellen Frankel [Ed], Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning, (RJP '11), Honored by National Jewish Book Awards

Mitzvah Cards: One Mitzvah Leads to Another (RJP '11, 14), Honored by National Jewish Book Awards and by the Covenant Foundation as part of a body of work.

Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat (Jewish Lights Publishing [JL] ‘04)

Meaning and Mitzvah: Reclaiming Judaism through G*d, Torah, Prayer, Mitzvot, Hebrew & Peoplehood (JL’06)

Living Jewish Life Cycle: Creating Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life (JL ‘09)

Make Your Own Bar/Bat Mitzvah: A Personal Guide to Creating a Meaningful Rite of Passage (Jossey-Bass '04)

Rebbe on the Road (e-book ’07)

Education & Training

D.Min., Doctorate, New York Theological Seminary, 2003

Rabbi, Mashpi'ah, Maggid, Shaliach ordinations by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, 2000-2009

Rabbi, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1998-1993

M.HL, Masters in Hebrew Letters, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1990

Masters in Social Work, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, 1979

BA, University of Pennsylvania, Individualized Major with Hebrew University, Wharton School, Medical School, 1985.

Certifications: Bibliodrama; Focusing; Multimedia Journalism; Red Cross: CPR

Academic Appointments

Dean, Maggid-Educator Ordination Program, Reclaiming Judaism, 2014-present.

Dean, The Academy for Jewish Religion 1994-2002 and Chair of the Department of Professional Skills, also Admissions, Advising and External Programs. Also coordinated marketing and initiated establishment of  West Coast campus.

Adjunct Appointments:

ALEPH Ordinations Program, “Pastoral Counseling”; “Bioethics, Jewish Law & the Role of Clergy”, "Hashpa'ah, Jewish Spiritual Guidance, Development and Direction, 2002-2012

Won Korean Reform Buddhist Institute, “Homiletics: The Art of the Dharma Talk” 2005-2010

Auburn Seminary, “From Trauma to Recovery: A Post 9-11 Training Program for Clergy” 2005

Gettysburg College, “Judaism as a Civilization”; “Judaism as a Spiritual Practice” 1993-5

Princeton University, “Medicine, Law and Ethics, Philosophical and Religious Dimensions” 1993 with Noam Zohar

Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, “Appreciating the History, Development and Role of Jewish Organizations" 1990

Additional Communal Service:

-Founder and coordinator, Jewish Artists Explore, and President of the Association of Professional jewish Artists, 2014-present

-LBook Review Editor, the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, 2004-present.

-Guest senior educator, CAJE, Limmud and numberous other conferences worldwide, many decades-present

-Author/Educator:, 2010-present

-Living Judaism Editor, The Philadelphia Jewish Voice,
, 2004-2016.

-Senior Educator, Gamliel Institute and Sarasota Liberal Yeshiva, 2010- present, as needed.

-Congregational Rabbi, Reconstructionist Temple Beth El, Hammonton, NJ, 1989-98; High Season (winter) Rabbi, Congregation Kol HaNeshama, Sarasota, FL, 2010-12. Holidays and Festivals: P'nai Or Portland, OR, B'nai Or Boston, MA, 92Y, 
cruise ships, etc.

--Innovative Jewish Program Consulting and Teaching over the years: 92nd St. Y, Esalen, Elat Chayyim, Rancho La Puerta, New York Open Center, ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Ohalah, etc.

-Educator, Project Kesher NIS women’s leadership (Russia, Ukraine), 1974-2009

-Founding Chair, Jewish Women & Gender Studies (became Kolot) Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1989-93

-Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Cumberland County, Vineland, NJ., 1982-87

-Director of Planning, Allocations & Board of Jewish Education, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlantic County, NJ., 1979-82

-Various Internships & Mid-Career Positions, Federations, BJE, JCC, Hillels, Holocaust Archive, ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, 1978-81, 1993-2005

-Group Worker & Educator/Principal/Youth Leader, congregations, JCCs, camps, 1972-78

-TV Anchor & Producer, Health Watch, innovated the first preventive medicine television talk show, NBC TV, 1984-92

-Radio Show Host, WXPN, 1972-75.

-Biomedical & Leadership Skills Research, Wharton School & Univ. of Pa Medical and Dental Schools, 1972-75

-USY chapter and national Religious Chair positions and co-chair ATID International, 1970-71

Recognition and Honors:

-Covenant Foundation Award Finalist for excellence as a Jewish educator and innovator

-National Jewish Book Awards Finalist

-American Cancer Society Most Distinguished Citizen and Educator Awards

-Council of Jewish Federations Journalism, Newspaper and Executive Recruitment Awards

-The Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society accessions all of Rabbi Milgram's work product and religious items.

Major Professional Appearances:

United Nations, UJC, 92nd St Y, Esalen, Jewish Futures Conference, PBS, Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, New York Open Center, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, JDC, Hadassah, NCJW, Project Kesher, Museum of Jewish History (NY), Gamliel Institute, Jewish Values Online, numerous Limmud conferences, and programs for universities & congregations world-wide.