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  1. Faith Organization Letter Against Funding the Commission on Election Integrity

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities signed a letter to Congress opposing the funding of President Trump’s “Commission on Election Integrity.” In the letter’s words:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/faith-organization-letter-against-funding-commission-election-integrity

    Posted on: 2017/07/20 - 12:00am

  2. I Want You to Know I Am Human: Listening to the Stranger Behind Bars

    I am a public defender. I have a client who thanks me, constantly. He thanks me for taking his calls, for answering his letters, for passing on bad news. On some days, his enthusiasm and gratitude buoy me. I hope he believes that I am fighting for him as well as any lawyer could. I hope he knows I hear him. On other days, I rail against my clients’ low expectations. Some of our clients do not expect competent lawyers, do not expect to be heard. They do not expect their lives to matter. More than anything, I cannot accept this.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/i-want-you-know-i-am-human-listening-stranger-behind-bars

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 2:56pm

  3. Addressing Race as a Jewish Community

    Yom Kippur is a time when we confess our wrongdoings collectively, and is therefore an opportune moment in the Jewish calendar to reflect on how we can do teshuvah for the ways in which we have failed, communally and individually, to address the issue of racism.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/addressing-race-jewish-community

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:08pm

  4. Desperate Immigrants: An Ancient Jewish Story

    In the Book of Genesis, we read about Abraham and Sarah’s journey to the Promised Land. Shortly after they arrive, they encounter famine and head to Egypt in search of food. Foreigners without family or clan to protect them, they are afraid. Abraham asks Sarah to pretend to be his sister in the hope that this will help them avoid trouble – an act of deceit that potentially offered them some protection from harm in the context of their times.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/desperate-immigrants-ancient-jewish-story

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:27pm

  5. Shofar Kavannah for Refugees

    This ritual invokes the blast of the shofar to articulate the plight of refugees. It was created for use at High Holidays in response to the presidential travel ban.

    The blasts of the shofar are a wordless prayer punctuated by moments of silence. The stories of courage, hope, and determination of refugees resettling in our communities are punctuated by the silent yearnings of those who are kept out by the presidential travel ban.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/shofar-kavannah-refugees

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:35pm

  6. Strange Thoughts: A New Take on Loving the Stranger

    When newspaper style guides started adopting “they ” and “their” as singular, gender-neutral pronouns a friend told me, “I get why this should be done. It is the right thing to do. But it is going to be really hard for me to switch. It is not going to just roll off my tongue.” His words reminded me of someone who was on a rabbi search committee who was interviewing female rabbis for the first time, who confided, “I know I should give these women a fair shake, but it is not how I grew up. When I close my eyes and picture a rabbi, I see a beard and hear a man’s voice.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/strange-thoughts-new-take-loving-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:43pm

  7. Rev Your Engines 11/9/17

    I ask myself, what is my work with people. And what is my work for myself? And I know it’s about empowerment. Seeing people, knowing people, loving people. When we talk about empowerment, we need to start with our students, not with ourselves.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/revyourenginesfirstsession

    Posted on: 2017/11/17 - 2:48pm

  8. Social Justice Roundtable writeup

  9. B’tselem Elohim: Jewish Ethics, Sexual Harassment and the Workplace of the Future

    This article by David Teutsch, Mira Wasserman, and Deborah Waxman was originally published on December 15, 2017 as the lead feature in eJewishPhilanthropy at the following address: http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/btselem-elohim-jewish-ethics-sexual-harassment-and-the-workplace-of-the-future.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/jewish-ethics-metoo

    Posted on: 2017/12/18 - 10:19am

  10. Open Letter on Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act

    RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities joined a broad coalition of organizations from across the Jewish community — including leaders of major organizations and the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox movements — in releasing a letter urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017 (S. 2060).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/open-letter-burma-human-rights-and-freedom-act

    Posted on: 2018/01/05 - 10:54am

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