Marc Overbeck has been a member of Reconstructing Judaism’s Board of Governors since October 2020. He has served as a member of the Reconstructing Judaism Plenum and the Steering Committee, and twice served as president of Temple Beth Sholom in Salem, Ore. Marc works for the Oregon Health Authority as Oregon’s designated director of the state’s Primary Care Office, which works to expand access to health care for rural and other underserved communities through a multimillion program to expand the size and diversity of Oregon’s health-care workforce. Marc earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Willamette University and also studied at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he served as a Hansard Scholar and research assistant for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Marc also leads courses and programs for Landmark, a global personal and professional growth training and development organization affiliated with the California State University System. Marc lives in Salem with his wife of nearly 30 years, Deborah Bellemore, who currently sits on their congregation’s Board of Trustees, and together they have a 25-year-old daughter, Shayna, with whom Marc loves to speak and discuss faith-based topics and the power of spirituality to enable us to be our greatest selves.
December 29th, 2022 | Season 1 | 55 mins 26 secs
Marc Overbeck, a Reconstructionist leader who has worked in government in two countries, offers an impassioned defense of the longed-for ideal of Israel as a Jewish state, a democracy and a defender of human rights for all.