Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life

Speaker Recordings

Recent Speaker Series presentations:

Lois Schein, Program Chair

GWCJL Speaker, Rabbi Deborah Waxman on “RECONSTRUCTING JUDAISM”

The first woman rabbi to head a Jewish congregational union and seminary, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., became president and CEO of Reconstructing Judaism in 2014. Since then, she has drawn on her training as a rabbi and historian to be the Reconstructionist movement’s leading voice in the public square. A fascinating presentation on the history and evolution of Reconstructionist Judaism in North America. A worthwhile, insightful session, check it out!


GWCJL Speaker: Prof. Robt. Watson on “Ranking the Presidents, who were our best and worst?”

Professor Robert Watson explores the creation of the presidency by the “Framers” and the enormous challenge of the presidential office. Every individual who has assumed the title has left a mark, for good or ill, on American history. Professor Watson offers an insider’s look and some intriguing and less-known stories behind the greatest (and failed) presidents. He explains how the rankings are determined and describes the skills that were required and frequently called upon.

A fascinating and enjoyable study of our nation’s leadership!