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  1. Faith Voices letter in support of keeping houses of worship non-partisan

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the more than 4000 signatories to a letter urging the U.S. Senate not to repeal or weaken current law that prevents tax-exempt religious organizations from partisan political endorsements. The text of the letter follows. For a full list of signatories, see the attached PDF.

    Dear Senator:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/faith-voices-letter-support-keeping-houses-worship-non-partisan

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 12:00am

  2. Endorsement of NILI Interfaith letter on peace in middle east

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the 35 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national religious leaders sending a letter to President Trump agreeing that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. 

    In a statement released through the National Interfaith Leadership Initiative (NILI), the religious leaders state: “Based on the legitimate, long-standing aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for national self-determination and security, a two-state solution still represents the most realistic way to meet essential interests of both peoples and to resolve the conflict.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/endorsement-letter-middle-east-peace

    Posted on: 2017/07/24 - 12:00am

  3. Embracing the Stranger - Interpersonal

    At times, we have the opportunity and challenge of embracing strangers when we meet them face-to-face. These encounters can be deeply unsettling at first. But as barriers of difference fall, they can be deeply meaningful, even transformational. 

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/stranger-before-us

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:05pm

  4. Embracing the Stranger - Justice and Wider World

    Embracing the stranger is not just an individual journey—it’s a communal calling. We are commanded as Jews to “Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19) In the face of fear, hostility, or simple disregard toward those who are different, our challenge is to lift up our common humanity, and our inherent dignity and worth as beings b’tzelem Elohim, reflecting the divine image.

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/wider-world

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:46pm

  5. Embracing the Stranger - Internal

    Embracing the stranger is an endeavor that requires not just outward action, but internal effort on many levels. Both as individuals and communities, real inclusion involves rethinking of boundaries.

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/looking-within

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 1:06pm

  6. God Loves The Stranger Feature

    The high holy days are a time of collective and personal renewal. We ask ourselves “what do we value?” “What do we cherish?” We deepen our ongoing Jewish human project of creating a just and peaceful society and living a just and peaceful life. And we inquire “what is the relationship between the inner and the outer work of transformation?” I don’t have to tell any of you. It’s not easy.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/love-the-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 1:17pm

  7. RRA Contributions to Elul Project

    Six Reconstructionist rabbis were asked to write on the subject “Welcoming the Stranger” for their colleagues, in the RRA Connections newsletters. We’ve collected their contributions below. 

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    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/rra-contributions

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 5:34pm

  8. Statement by RRA on Forgoing HHD Call w/Trump

    The following statement was released jointly by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbinical Assembly, and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

    The High Holy Days are an opportunity for reflection and introspection. As the leaders of major denominations in American Jewish life, we have been deeply engaged in both, considering the events of the Jewish year that is ending and preparing spiritually for the year to come.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/statement-reconstructionist-rabbinical-association-foregoing-annual-high-holy-day-call

    Posted on: 2017/08/23 - 12:00am

  9. High Holiday Message 5778 (2017)

    At Rosh Hashanah, as we turn to new beginnings, we seek to repent—to do teshuvah—for what we have done wrong. And we can also affirmatively foster ourselves toward resilience—toward a thriving, loving outlook in spite of whatever challenges we encounter in life. In this video, I explore themes of resilience embedded into Jewish practice.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/high-holiday-message-5778

    Posted on: 2017/09/19 - 12:11pm

  10. Letter in Support of OFF (Off Fossil Fuels) Act

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are signatories to a letter by Food & Water Watch urging members of Congress to co-sponsor HR3671, the OFF (Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future) Act. The bill would place a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects, and move our electricity and most transportation systems to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It would also funding for jobs and economic development for those working in the fossil fuel industry.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-support-fossil-fuels-act

    Posted on: 2017/10/03 - 10:06am

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