Rabbi David A. Teutsch
Director, Center for Jewish Ethics, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D., is the Louis and Myra Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization; Chair, Department of Contemporary Jewish Civilization; Director, Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics.
Rabbi Teutsch directs the Center for Jewish Ethics of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and is a widely known author and organizational consultant. In September 2011, his "Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living" (RRC Press) will become available. The first of a three-part series, this volume is the first guide of its kind for Jewish living; it is a comprehensive tool for navigating contemporary issues ranging from sexual ethics and gender identity to end-of-life decisions. Teutsch's previous contributions to the Guide series were published in 2000 [Kashrut], 2005 [Bioethics], 2005 [Tzedaka], 2006 [Ethics of Speech], 2007 [Organizational Ethics and Economic Justice], 2009 [Community, Gemilut Hesed and Tikun Olam] and 2010 [Family and Sexual Ethics and Everyday Spirituality].
Teutsch also is the author of "Making a Difference: A Guide to Jewish Leadership and Not-for-Profit Management" (2009) and "Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Community and Joy" (Jewish Lights, 2005). He is the editor-in-chief of the groundbreaking seven-volume "Kol Haneshamah" prayer book series (Reconstructionist Press, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001) and of "Imagining the Jewish Future" (SUNY Press, 1992).
Teutsch is a past president of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics and of the Society of Jewish Ethics. He has served as a member of the Professional Advisory Council of the United Jewish Communities Renaissance Pillar and as a board member of the National Havurah Committee and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He previously served as rabbi at Ramat Shalom in Spring Valley, N.Y.; director of program administration for the National Jewish Resource Center (now CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership); and director of special projects and vice president of the Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation.
A graduate of Harvard University, Teutsch received his Master of Hebrew Letters and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City and earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where his work focused on organizational ethics. He served as president of RRC from 1993 to 2002, following appointments as executive vice president and dean of admissions.
Teutsch regularly contributes articles and reviews to various Jewish publications. From 1982 to 1986, he served as the executive director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot (now the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation).