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Kaplan Minyan - Joy Levitt: Toward a more permeable Judaism: The case for conversion and radical welcome

Saturday, March 4, 2023 11 Adar 5783

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rabbi Joy Levitt is the Director of J-Lab, a project of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan that serves as an incubator of new ideas to help strengthen Jewish life. She is a Visiting Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

In December, 2021 she stepped down as the CEO of the JCC after twenty-five years helping to build one of the most prominent centers for Jewish life and community in the United States. While at the JCC, she founded the Jewish Journey Project, an innovative new approach to Jewish education for children and built ten centers of excellence, including the Stern Center for Social Responsibility, the Sonnabend Center for Israel, and the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging, a research-based center that re-imagines older adults as a time of expansive possibility.

Prior to coming to the JCC, Rabbi Levitt served Bnai Keshet in Montclair, New Jersey and the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore in Plandome, New York. She was the editor of the Reconstructionist Magazine and is the co-author of A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah. Rabbi Levitt received a BA from Barnard College and an MA from New York University. She received ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

She serves on the boards of the Trinity School, the Shefa School, the Jerusalem Foundation, Dayenu: A Jewish call to Climate Action, The Jewish Book Council, and Israel Story, a podcast that tells extraordinary tales about ordinary Israelis. She is married to Rabbi Michael Strassfeld and together they have five children and three grandchildren.

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