Rabbi Goldie Milgram, founder and director of Reclaiming Judaism, is also Editor-in-Chief of Reclaiming Judaism Press. She is a Covenant Foundation and National Jewish Book Award finalist for her innovative programs, books, website and resources for meaningful Jewish living, including her newest release Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning. An internationally acclaimed speaker, teacher and professional Jewish storyteller, her Mitzvah-Centered Life programs now includes a two-year distance-learning training in the emerging field of Jewish Spiritual Education.
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Rabbi Goldie Milgram holds a doctorate, M.S.W., and M.H.L. in addition to her ordinations from both the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the lineage smichah of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as rabbi, mashpi'ah, maggid and shlicha. She has also served an extensive career in academia--as a Dean of the Academy for Jewish Religion, and on faculty for the ALEPH Ordination Programs, Princeton University, and Gettysburg College. Her tenure in Jewish communal service has been in virtually every position -- from serving as a Jewish Federation and BJE executive through Jewish programs camp and JCC staff to religious school teacher has led to decades of leadership in the the field.
Rabbi 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.
Rabbi Milgram has also served as founding chair of the first program of Jewish gender studies at any institution of higher learning, which became known as Kolot, now a part of Moving Traditions. She also helped to found the UN affiliate, the Women Founders Collective, which provides support to women in developing nations in the creation of NGOs. She is presently also Judaism and Book Review Editor for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.
"She helps us to bring heart and soul to our involvement in Jewish life."
--Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi