Rabbi Goldie Milgram

Rabbi Goldie Milgram founded and directs the 501C3 non-profit Reclaiming Judaism, serves as dean of the Institute for Jewish Spiritual Education and the Maggid-Educator Ordination Program, Editor-in-Chief for Reclaiming Judaism Press, and co-chair of the Association of Professional Jewish Artists. Known for her depth of scholarship, sense of humor and professional Jewish storytelling, she travels half the year consulting and serving scholar-in-residencies in the field of Jewish spiritual education. 

Rabbi Milgram's 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, and on the adjunct faculty of Princeton University, Gettysburg College, Auburn Seminary, Yeshiva University and others.

Rabbi Milgram has also 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.

The author has eight books in print--published by Wiley, Jewish Lights (Turner) and Reclaiming Judaism Press, she is now working on coordination of translation of her award-winning Mitzvah Card deck into six languages and four upcoming books, provisionally titled: "The Wisdom of Reb Zalman," "Torah as Metaphor," "Raising Our Voices: The Torah of Jewish Women in Song," and "The Principles and Methods of Jewish Spiritual Education." 


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 several types of lineage smichah (ordination) of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as rabbi, mashpi'ah, maggid and shaliach. Here primary professional mentors of blessed memory have been Rabbi Dr. Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Dr. Eugene Gendlin and Dr. Tikveh Frymer-Kensky.

"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.


Rabbi Goldie Milgram's efforts have been honored by the Covenant Foundation, the National Jewish Book Council and featured at the Jewish Futures Conference. She 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