Resume of Rabbi Goldie Milgram

                                     Resume Brief: Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram, MSW

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Major Teaching/Speaking/Retreat-Leader Events offered at the invitation of:

United Nations, UJC, 92nd St Y, Esalen, Jewish Futures Conference, PBS, Elat Chayyim, ALEPH Kallah and Isabella Freedman Retreat Center, New York Open Center, AJR Center for Meditation and Jewish Spirituality, 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, denominations, Interfaith gatherings & congregations world-wide.


Founder & Executive, Reclaiming Judaism Institute for Jewish Spiritual Education and Editor-in-Chief, Reclaiming Judaism Press (501C3 non-profits), 2001-present. 
Dean and Founder,  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.

Author/Editor (major recent publications are listed)

with Rabbi Shohama Harris Wiener [Ed], Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Guidance and Development, 2nd Ed, RJP '14, 16)

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 2018.

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 

“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]]

with Ellen Frankel [Ed], Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning, (RJP '11). This volume won a National Jewish Book Award.

[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

Mitzvah Cards: One Mitzvah Leads to Another (RJP '11, 14), currently beig translated into six languages. Honored by the Covenant Foundation, and featured at the Jewish Futures Conference and National Jewish Book Council.

Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice: Holy Days and Shabbat (Jewish Lights Publishing [JL] ‘04) Publisher's Weekly Best Seller.

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, Reclaiming Bar/Bat MItzvah as a Spiritual Rite of Passage, New York Theological Seminary, 2003

Rabbi, Mashpia, Maggid, Shaliach (emissary) ordinations by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, 2000-2009

Rabbi, ordained through the 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

President and Executive Director, Reclaiming Judaism Institute for Jewish Spiritual Education, 2014-present. Founded the Maggid-Educator Ordination Program, Reclaiming Judaism Press, serving as Editor-inChief, and presently developing the B-MItzvah! Educator Certification and Training Program. 

Dean, Maggid-Educator Ordination Program, Reclaiming Judaism, 8/14-10/17. Faculty member teaching Jewish spiritual education and Jewish spiritual direction, Hashpa'ah, 2014-present.

Dean, The Academy for Jewish Religion 1994-2002 and Chair of the Department of Professional Skills, also over time Dean of Admissions, Advising and External Programs. Also coordinated marketing and initiated establishment of  West Coast campus. Taught Leadership, Pastoral Counseling, Jewish Meditation, Spiritual Intimacy including Jewish Spiritual Direction, and more.

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

-Book Review Editor, the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, 2004-present. Living Judaism editor 2004-2016.

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

-Senior Educator responding to questions from the public:, 2010-present

-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 decades: 92nd St. Y, Esalen, Elat Chayyim, Rancho La Puerta, New York Open Center, ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Ohalah, etc.

-Senior Educator, Spiritual Guide and Retreat Leader (Russia/Ukraine),  Project Kesher, since 1974.

-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 Award in Anthology of Short Stories category


-Practical Rabbiics Award, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

-American Cancer Society Most Distinguished Citizen and Public and Professional Health Education 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.