Virtual Talmud: Bios


Rabbi Susan Grossman:
Rabbi Susan Grossman, one of the editors of Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, serves on the prestigious Committee for Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative Movement, for which she has written decisions on "partial birth" abortion, mikveh, and women and witnessing. She is completing her doctorate in Ancient Judaism at Jewish Theological Seminary and co-edited Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue with Orthodox feminist Rivka Haut. One of the first women to be ordained in the Conservative Movement, Rabbi Grossman is spiritual leader of Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia, MD.

She was identified by the New York Jewish Week and The Forward as one of the forty five Jewish leaders to watch in the next century and honored as a Woman of the Year by Jewish Woman magazine in 2000.

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Rabbi Joshua Waxman:
Rabbi Joshua Waxman graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2003. Before attending RRC, he studied Russian History and Literature at Harvard University, worked with progressive Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union, and studied in Israel.

He served as student rabbi at JRF Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir in Philadelphia, Temple B'nai Israel in Burlington, NJ, and JRF Congregation Mayim Rabim in Minneapolis. He has also served as a chaplaincy intern at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center and participated in programs dedicated to promoting interfaith dialogue. Josh is on the faculty of the RRC and teaches a core class on biblical text for first-year rabbinical students.

He loves teaching, music, and making Judaism alive and relevant for people of all ages. He lives in Elkins Park with his wife, Aimée, and their children, Tzvi, Yael, and Adir. He has been Rabbi of Or Hadash since 2004.

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