Amy Small

Rabbi Amy Joy Small is the founding Rabbi and Director of Deborah's Palm Center for Jewish Learning and Experiences. She was ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1987 and has served congregations in New Jersey, Michigan and Indiana. She is a past president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, with many years of board service. She is a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders and a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is currently on the Board of Governors of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Jewish Federation of Metrowest NJ, National Interreligious Leadership Delegation for Peace in the Middle East, and the MetroWest NJ Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life. She was a Vice Chair for the National JNFA Rabbinic Cabinet, and served on the boards of Religions for Peace USA, the American Zionist Movement, and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Israel Committee. Among her interfaith activities, she co-taught an intensive course, Building Abrahamic Partnerships at the Hartford Seminary. Rabbi Small previously was Dean of Academic Administration and Director of the Education Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.


Articles by Amy Small

Do Not Separate Yourself from the Community

Do Not Separate Yourself from the Community When a standing-room-only crowd shows up for a township meeting in a quiet, relatively ...

It’ll be Good….

These days the pundits and analysts say that the peace process is over. Remember Oslo? Remember the Roadmap for Peace ...

How Big Is the Tent?

Last summer when I made my first tentative foray into camping in the wilderness, I was shepherded by my three ...

“Do You Have a Weapon?”

I began making frequent trips to Israel during the second intifada, in August 2001. I became accustomed to the security ...

Bet You Can’t Eat Just One!

Potato chips can be absolutely addicting. The marketing of processed foods in America has brilliantly caught us in our weakness ...

Will the Real Chanukah Hero Please Stand Up?

As the eight days of Chanukah wind down, I am thinking of a question I posed as the festival began ...

Gotta Love It

My husband spent Sunday afternoon at a NY Jets football game with his buddy, Dan. He told me about a ...

Fighting Poverty with Faith

It’s four days after Thanksgiving and I am feeling guilty. My family enjoyed a weekend of delicious leftovers from our ...

People First

It’s been an interesting couple of months here in New Jersey. First, in August, an earthquake rocked us, and while ...