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Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch
February 1, 2017

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities express grave concerns over the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat left empty by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago. 

Light Through The Cracks
February 1, 2017

Rabbi Deborah Waxman reflects on finding spiritual equilibrium in a time of shifting sands.

Just For A Time Like This
February 1, 2017

On January 29, 2017, Reconstructionist rabbis and thinkers gathered for a day of learning and study on “Moving Forward in Changing Times.” The gathering offered a range of Jewish approaches to finding spiritual strength as an activist, how to have difficult conversations with those with opposing viewpoints and how to stay sane and grounded in what feels like an avalanche of political change. 

Thinking About the Big Picture: What Congregations Need
January 31, 2017

In an interview, Tresa Grauer shares the latest innovations in the way we support our Reconstructionist communities. 

The First Reconstructionist Birthright Journey
January 31, 2017

A participant on the first Reconstructionist Birthright trip reflects on her journey.

Op-Ed on Trump Refugee Ban and Holocaust Remembrance Statement
January 30, 2017

In an op-ed published in Ha’aretz, President Trump’s failure to acknowledge Jewish Holocaust victims while banning entry of refugees spurs criticism. 

Statement on Terrorist Attack in Quebec
January 30, 2017

We at RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities grieve for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack on worshipers at the Grande Mosquée de Québec.

Politics From The Pulpit: Speaking Publicly About Repairing The World Together
January 26, 2017

Reconstructionist Judaism takes seriously our obligation to act together to address injustice and suffering. To do so, Rabbi Elliot Tepperman argues, our congregations need to be places where we can safely engage in political and ethical agitation and disagreement, while avoiding mere irritation.

Statement on President Trump's Executive Order Concerning Refugees
January 26, 2017

We are dismayed as President Trump prepares to take action to close the doors to thousands of refugees seeking shelter and relief from the humanitarian crisis in which they find themselves.

American Values, Religious Voices
January 24, 2017

Two RRC professors are part of an effort in which scholars of religion will, for the first 100 days of the new administration, be sending letters to the president, vice president, cabinet secretaries and members of the House and Senate. 

New Materials for Your Welcoming Community
January 24, 2017

We have created a poster that congregations can use to send a clear message of inclusion and welcome.

Profile of a Reconstructionist: The 20th Century through Isadore Seeman’s Eyes
January 19, 2017

After nearly a month of birthday celebrations, Isadore Seeman was glad to get a small break before the rush of the High Holy Day activities. Then again, how often do you have the chance to celebrate a 100th birthday?

Spirit in Practice: A New Podcast from the Reconstructionist Movement
January 18, 2017

How will you sustain your spirit through your next four years, your lifetime? Do you wonder how you can show up for challenging times with compassion, courage, equanimity and joy? Spirit in Practice, a podcast miniseries, answers these and other questions through lively discussion among emerging leaders and religious teachers of many faiths who are exploring social activism and spiritual practices.

Statement on Proposed David Friedman Ambassadorship
December 20, 2016

The Reconstructionist movement’s statement on President-Elect Trump’s plan to appoint David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Rabbi Deborah Waxman Speaks to Faith Leaders on Solidarity
December 6, 2016

Rabbi Deborah Waxman made this statement to faith leaders during a 11/28/2016 call on “Faith and Solidarity during a time of White Supremacy.”

Statement in Solidarity with the Reform Movement in Israel
November 28, 2016

Our movement responds to recent vandalism of an Israeli Reform synagogue and death threats made against leaders of the Reform movement.

Statement on Fires in Haifa
November 24, 2016

The Reconstructionist Movement expresses solidarity with Israel’s firefighters and emergency rescue services who are working tirelessly to combat the spread of multiple wildfires in the Haifa region.

Statement on White House Appointment of Stephen Bannon
November 14, 2016

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, along with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, urge Trump to reconsider appointment of Stephen Bannon to a senior White House post.

Statement Following the Presidential Election
November 11, 2016

A statement following the Presidential election

Jewish Nasty Women: We must claim our history to repudiate Trump
October 26, 2016

In this personal and political post in The Times of Israel, Rabbi Deborah Waxman discusses what’s at stake in this presidential election and beyond.