Meet Rabbi Donna Berman, Ph.D.
Rabbi Donna Berman is the Executive Director of the Charter Oak Cultural
Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from Drew University. At the core of her theology is a commitment to the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam, repairing the world through acts of justice. This is a commitment that she brings to her work at Charter Oak.
Rabbi Berman is rabbi emerita of Port Jewish Center in Port Washington, New York, was the founder and co-chair of The South Bronx—Port Washington Community Partnership, a mutually beneficial collaboration between one of the poorest communities in the nation and one of the wealthiest. She has taught at Molloy College in New York, Wesleyan University and Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and has served as the Jewish chaplain at Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, Massachusetts. Rabbi Berman is the co-editor of a special edition of The Journal of Reform Judaism and is the author of numerous articles. She co-edited and wrote the foreword for, The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1973-2003 by Judith Plaskow which was published in July, 2005. In 2019, Donna was named one of 13 “Women of Distinction” by Hartford Magazine. In 2020, Donna joined Lauren Simone Publishing House as a children's book author and published The Painted Sky. All proceeds go to Charter Oak Cultural Center.