Cyd Weissman links inquiry, experimentation, and successes to help communities create Jewish learning that lives. She has joined Reconstructing Judaism and the faculty of RRC, and is excited to ignite new approaches that arise at the intersection of theory and practice. She serves as assistant vice president for Innovation and Impact; director, The Reconstructionist Learning Network; and professor of Jewish education and entrepreneurship.
Formerly, Weissman served as the director of Innovation in Congregational Learning for The Jewish Education Project, where she led the creation of The Coalition of Innovating Congregations. For a decade, she taught at Hebrew Union College in NYC. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Gratz College and Penn State University.
February 13th, 2019 | Season 0 | 50 mins 40 secs
What does social entrepreneurship look like in a Jewish context? How can concepts honed in a business context be employed in a spiritual fashion? And can the beit midrash, the traditional Jewish house of study, be reinvented for a new generation of spiritual seeker and Jewish learner? Bryan and Rachael raise these questions and others with guests Cyd Weissman, Reconstructing Judaism’s assistant vice president for innovation and impact, and rabbinical student Bec Richman. Cyd, who also teaches entrepreneurism, delves into the basic principles and how it is embodied in a grant program she administers. One thing she teaches is for entrepreneurs to “leave solutions at the door” and learn what “customers” actually want and need. Bec, a serial social entrepreneur who looks to Cyd as a mentor, discusses the process behind launching a new beit midrash geared for learners at different levels.