Meet the 2017-18 BOR Executive Committee


Rabbi Joshua Waxman (President), Or Hadash
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell (VP)
Rabbi Eric Yanoff (VP), Adath Israel
Rabbi Albert Gabbai (Treasurer), Mikveh Israel
Rabbi Howard Alpert (Ex-officio) 
Jill Maderer (Ex-officio), Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin, Beth Sholom
Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Rachel Kobrin, Adath Jeshurun
Rabbi Annie Lewis, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rabbi Greg Marx, Congregation Beth Or
Rabbi Andrea Merow, Beth Sholom
Reena Spicehandler
David Straus, Main Line Reform Temple
Lance Sussman, Keneseth Israel
Phil Warmflash, Jewish Learning Venture
Rabbi Adam Zeff, Germantown Jewish Centre


Rabbi, Or Hadash
Rabbi Joshua Waxman serves as rabbi of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation. He graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2003. Before attending RRC, he studied Russian History and Literature at Harvard University, worked with progressive Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union, and lived and studied in Israel. He has served on the faculty of RRC in the Department of Biblical Civilizations and currently serves as a director in the Spiritual Direction program for rabbinical students. In addition to serving as the president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, he is also the Rabbinic Chair for the Kehillah of Bux-Mont. Rabbi Josh lives in Elkins Park with his wife, Aimée, and their three children, Tzvi, Yael, and Adir.

Ex Officio


Rabbi Howard Alpert received his B.A. degree from Queens College in 1973 and a masters degree in Rabbinic Literature from Yeshiva University in 1979. He is an ordinand of Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. Having begun his career with Hillel in 1973, as Assistant Director of the Hillel at Queens College, Rabbi Alpert continued as Hillel Director at the University of Illinois from 1977 to 1980, and at Ohio State University from 1980 to 1986. Rabbi Alpert moved to the Philadelphia area in 1986, to assume the position of Executive Director of the Jewish Campus Activities Board — since renamed Hillel of Greater Philadelphia. Rabbi Alpert has five children and lives with his wife Sarah in Merion, PA.

Senior Rabbi, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Center City Philadelphia
Rabbi Jill Maderer has served Congregation Rodeph Shalom since her ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2001. Shaped by congregational life and the Reform youth movement, she graduated from Brandeis University. At Rodeph Shalom, Rabbi Maderer oversees the Caring Community, Pastoral care, adult education, contemporary High Holy Day services, and she works closely with the Buerger Early Learning Center and families with young children to create a Jewish home for the next generation. In addition to her role on the Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Maderer serves as the chairperson of the Center City Kehillah and serves on the Federation Board of Trustees. She resides in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia with her family.