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Statement on Nashville and Toronto
April 25, 2018

For those of us in North America, what words are adequate to this week’s domestic horrors happening in close succession and dominating headlines: the murder by gun of four people in Nashville and the murder with a van of ten and injury of countless others in Toronto? What actions can we take?

Israel Mission Trip, March 2018: A Travelogue
April 23, 2018

When we began our Israel journey together in Tel Aviv on March 7th, we were 25 people representing 11 Reconstructionist communities who travelled there on the promise to go places and meet people that even veteran Israel travelers hadn’t visited or met. And on that promise, the Reconstructing Judaism Israel Mission Trip delivered.

How Judaism Elevates Modern Discourse: The Topic at the Table for Chesapeake Day of Learning
April 17, 2018

The 2018 Chesapeake Day of Learning addressed difficult conversations in progressive Jewish communities.

Why Belong?
April 9, 2018

Why belong to the Jewish people? Why belong to a synagogue? Why belong to the Reconstructionist movement? These are some of the most important questions that I am asked and that I, along with all of us at Reconstructing Judaism, strive to answer powerfully and convincingly.

Responding to Recent Events Involving Israel’s African Asylum Seekers
April 5, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) urge Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government to reconsider its decision to abandon the agreement it initially announced it had struck with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, on April 2, 2018.

Response to Recent Violence on Gaza Border
April 3, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) are deeply saddened and concerned following the deaths of approximately 18 Palestinians,  and the wounding of many others, by Israeli army fire during last Friday’s Palestinian-led marches near the border fence between Gaza and Israel.

Does The Torah Require Us To Publicize Names Of Sexual Abusers?
March 28, 2018

What does Judaism teach us about how to respond to accusations of harassment or assault?

Reconstructionist Movement Updates
March 6, 2018

Though we count time Jewishly, by any consideration the secular year 2018 is an exciting year for the Reconstructionist movement.

Living the Mission: Values-Based Decision-Making and Reconstructing Judaism
March 6, 2018

The story of Temple Emmanuel’s ongoing exploration of Reconstructionist liturgy, and the rich conversations the process has opened up.

Entrepreneurial True Grit
March 1, 2018

Is grit the key to success for social entrepreneurs? Ariana Katz suggests that the answer lies elsewhere. 

Keeping Judaism Alive Behind Prison Walls
February 28, 2018

Serving Jewish prisoners in state prison, rabbinic students find new perspectives on freedom and responsibility.

Response to Parkland, Florida Shooting
February 15, 2018

Statement in response to the Parkland, Florida shooting. While raising our voices in prayer and condolences for the victims of violence, we also raise our voices to call for the enactment and enforcement of reasonable gun laws throughout this country that would prevent such tragedies.

Jewish Support for Dreamers: A Self-Evident Truth
February 7, 2018

We call on our elected officials to allow Dreamers to remain in the United States and provide a path to citizenship.

Building Jewish Communities: Opportunity and Obligation
February 5, 2018

What does it mean to build the Jewish communities in which we live? Seth Rosen reflects on the opportunity and obligation posed by this charge.

About Our New Name
January 30, 2018

We’re changing our name to Reconstructing Judaism. Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, explains why.

Who We Are and What We Do
January 30, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism: Who we are and what we do. 

Women Rabbis Respond to #MeToo
January 25, 2018

RRC faculty address sexual harassment in Jewish organizations, including harassment of women rabbis. 

Let My People Stay: Jews Demand a Dream Act Now
January 24, 2018

Eighty-six Jewish activists, including six Reconstructionist rabbis, were arrested in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17 in a bold act of civil disobedience in solidarity with more than 800,000 Dreamers.

Joint Statement on Recent Abbas Speech
January 18, 2018

We strongly condemn the recent public remarks made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which contribute to undermining prospects for a viable peace process.