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Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D


Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D.

215.576.0800, ext. 253

Rabbi David Teutsch is Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and the Louis & Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as President for a decade. 

A renowned lecturer, consultant and trainer, he has previously served as Executive Director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot, as Program Director of CLAL, and as a congregational rabbi.  An honors graduate of Harvard University ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton School, where his dissertation dealt with organizational ethics.  He has received honorary degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

His recent work, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living won the Kraft Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. The second and third volumes, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Shabbat and Holidays and A Guide to Jewish Practice: The Life Cycle, were published in 2014. Rabbi Teutsch was Editor-in-Chief for the groundbreaking seven-volume Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayer book series.  His textbook Making a Difference: Jewish Leadership and Not-for-Profit Management, came out in 2009.  He is also the author of Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy and dozens of other books and articles. 




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