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Dynamics of Growth: A Regional Case Study of Reaching Out to Unaffiliated and Intermarried Jews

PEARL Year: 
2009
Session Facilitator: 
Rabbi Nancy Epstein

The NY/NJ Region of JRF was fortunate to receive a UJA-Federation grant focusing on Reconstructionist Synagogue Outreach. Hannah Greenstein and lay congregation leader Susan Leon, will share the information learned from project consultants, training sessions and from the strategic formation and implementation of the synagogue outreach plans.

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Session Presenters: 
Hannah Greenstein and Susan Leon
Presenter Bio(s): 

Hannah Greenstein is the Outreach Coordinator for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation of Metropolitan NY/NJ and a graduating rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to rabbinical school, Hannah worked for the Jewish Outreach Institute, a transdenominational organization that advocates for accepting interfaith couples in the Jewish community. Hannah holds a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resided in Westchester with her husband and new baby boy.

Susan Leon is an active lay leader in outreach from Bet Am Shalom and recipient of the NY/NJ Regional Keruv award.

Rabbi Nancy Epstein (RRC '06) is the Director of Congregational Relations for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF). Nancy has worked with communities for over 30 years, holding positions of leadership in the areas of community organizing, nonprofit management, public policy, legislation and advocacy. She is trained in systems-centered approaches to organizational development and as a mediator of interpersonal and complex policy disputes and has served as a consultant to professional associations, not-for-profit organizations, universities, and national foundations. In addition to her role at JRF, Rabbi Epstein serves as an Associate Professor of Community Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

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