Joy Levitt

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Joy Levitt is an American rabbi and from 1987 to 1989 was the first female president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.[1] Levitt is also the founder of the Jewish Journey Project, an initiative that attempts to replace individual synagogue schools (in Manhattan) with an elective-driven communal coalition.[2] She and her husband Rabbi Michael Strassfeld are coeditors of the A Night of Questions Passover Haggadah, published by the Reconstructionist Press.[3] She is currently the Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center in Manhattan's Executive Director. In 2008 the PBS series "The Jewish Americans" had her as a featured commentator.[4] In 2010 she was named one of fifty of the most influential rabbis in America by The Sisterhood, The Jewish Daily Forward's women's issues blog.[5] She was also named by Newsweek (in 2010 and 2011) as one of the most influential rabbis in America.[6]

In 1975 she earned a bachelor's degree from Barnard College, followed by a master's degree from New York University in 1976 and a rabbinical degree from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1981.[7]

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  1. ^ Academic Dean and Professor of Church History Emeritae Rosemary Skinner Keller; Rosemary Radford Ruether; Marie Cantlon (2006). Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America: Native American creation stories. Indiana University Press. pp. 553–. ISBN 0-253-34687-8.
  2. ^ "New Jewish Education". December 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ http://stores.jewishreconbooks.org/-strse-28/passover%2C-haggadah%2C-reconstructionist%2C-night/Detail.bok
  4. ^ "PBS Video". Retrieved 29 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "The Sisterhood 50". The Jewish Daily Forward. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Newsweek List Takes a Page From 'The Sisterhood 50'". The Jewish Daily Forward. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Schenectady Gazette - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 29 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)