RRA Convention Team
Melissa Heller is currently working on a PhD at Temple University, where she teaches courses on religion and death and dying. She has directed RRC's Jewish and Muslim Religious Leaders Retreats since 2009. She also teaches for the department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives at RRC. Her focus is on Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Muslim Engagement through the study of sacred text. She has worked as a teacher, chaplain and organizational manager in a variety of settings. Melissa served on the RRA Board from 2008-2015. She has worked on the RRA Conventions in various roles since she was a student at RRC.
Melissa received her Masters of Arts in Hebrew letters and rabbinic ordination from RRC in 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a concentration in Jewish Studies, from Binghamton University. Melissa lives in Philadelphia with her Husband Abe, and daughter Ruby.
Rabbi Isaac Saposnik is the Executive Director of Camp JRF. A graduate of Tufts University and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, he has served in this role since 2008, having previously served as Assistant Director for five years. As Director of No'ar Hadash, he launched the Reconstructionist movement's successful teen No'ar Hadash Israel Experience.
A long-time Jewish camper and youth worker who worked previously for URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute and NFTY, Isaac is thrilled to share his passion for creative and engaging Judaism with a new generation of youth. He is a graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp's Executive Leadership Institute. Isaac is married to Jeanne Calloway, a lower school math specialist, whom he met at Camp JRF; together, they have a two-and-a-half year old, Zev.
Before becoming Executive Director at the RRA, Rabbi Wechterman served as spiritual leader of Congregation Agudas Achim in Attleboro, Massachusetts from 2001 to June of 2014. She also taught at the college and adult level in the Attleboro area and has led a monthly Shabbat service for children and families with special needs and works actively to create inclusive communities for Jews of all abilities and backgrounds.
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.
During her tenure at Congregation Agudas Achim, Rabbi Wechterman has pursued a number of continuing education and rabbinic growth opportunities and was a member of the second cohort of START PEER (Program for Excellence and Education in the Rabbinate). She is also a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Rabbinic training program and received the Hassenfeld Award for Jewish Service from the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island for her leadership work in providing social services in the context of Jewish community. In 2014, Rabbi Wechterman travelled to India with the American Jewish World Service as part of a rabbinic delegation building social justice partnerships.
Rabbi Wechterman was a founding member of GAIN, the Greater Attleboro Interfaith Network, which works on fair and just policing in the Attleboro area. She has been a regular participant in discussion forums, interfaith services and other programs that bring people together. She served as a member of the board of the Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island and an officer in the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island.
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