Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman came to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association as CEO in the fall of 2015. During her tenure she created the Office of Rabbinic Career Development to serve the professional needs of rabbis in any field of work. She has also spearheaded a revised communications strategy and a renewed partnership with the movement's rabbinical college and national association. As one of the founding faculty at Camp Havaya, she has served on the summer faculty for many years.
Before coming to the RRA, Rabbi Wechterman served as spiritual leader of Congregation Agudas Achim in Attleboro, Massachusetts from 2001 to June of 2014. Additionally, she has taught at the college and adult level in many settings and worked broadly with children and families with special needs to create inclusive communities for Jews of all abilities and backgrounds. She also previously worked for the national movement as Director of Congregational Services and consulted with congregations throughout the movement on governance, growth, staffing and other congregational issues.
A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Wechterman brings an open and inclusive approach to teaching Jewish life and traditions. She is committed to empowering Jews and fellow travelers on their individual and unique Jewish journeys. In addition to rabbinic ordination, Rabbi Wechterman holds a BA in International Relations and BS in Journalism from Boston University.
Rabbi Elliot Skiddell
Interim Director of Rabbinic Placement and Employment
Elliot Skiddell graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1980. He received his BA in Philosophy and Religion from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in Religion from Temple University. In 2005 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree (Honoris Causa) by RRC. In 1992, Elliot and his family made Aliyah. In Israel he served as assistant director of the Galilee Education Foundation and then joined the staff of the Jewish Agency as Regional Director for Tzefat, Hatzor, Rosh Pina. He was honored as the outstanding employee of the Jewish Agency in 2004. Prior to making Aliyah he served as Assistant Rabbi of Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley, Pennsylvania and then as Rabbi of Ramat Shalom Synagogue in Plantation, Florida. In August 2006, Elliot became rabbi of Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Emeth and led the congregation through the creation of a partnership with Central Synagogue of Nassau County that progressed from cohabitation to cooperation, collaboration and, finally, consolidation as Central Synagogue-Beth Emeth. In August 2020, Elliot was honored with the title of Rabbi Emeritus.
Diana Phillips previously worked in Academic Affairs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Communications at Reconstructing Judaism. Diana is also a writer and editor of creative nonfiction and co-editor of the anthology, Choosing Judaism: 36 Stories, a collection of thought-provoking, intimate, and inspiring personal essays on what it means to choose or be chosen as a member of the Jewish people. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and enjoys going on adventures with her traveling book club.