As Vice President for Thriving Communities at Reconstructing Judaism, Tresa Grauer heads the team that provides programs and services in partnership with affiliated congregations and havurot across the Reconstructionist movement. This work includes consulting with communities to help them flourish; creating, gathering, and sharing resources; and convening and connecting Reconstructionists on land and online (e.g., by facilitating congregational board trainings, days of learning, digital networks, Israel trips, the Joint Israel Commission with the RRA, and the movement-wide convention). Tresa lived in Israel for more than a decade, teaching Jewish American literature as well as Feminist and Cultural Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from 1997-2009. She also taught in the Women's Studies and American Studies programs at Temple University and served as a visiting assistant professor in the departments of English, Judaic Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. In addition to her Thriving Communities work at Reconstructing Judaism, Tresa has taught contemporary Jewish American literature and culture to RRC rabbinical students.
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