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  1. Presidential Inauguration Remarks

    At her inauguration as the first woman president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, Rabbi Deborah Waxman chants from Exodus and teaches about redemption.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/presidential-inauguration-remarks

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  2. We Were Once Slaves

    Because we were once slaves, Michael Zimmerman explains, we can feel the suffering of other oppressed groups without having experienced it directly. Seeking justice does not need to be rewarded, as it is a privilege and a right to campaign on behalf of other marginalized communities.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/we-were-once-slaves

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  3. Racism in the Jewish Community

    Co-written by Rabbi Sandra Lawson and Donna Cephas, this essay examines the assumption that all Jews are white, while touching on a myriad of interrelated issues: conversion, interracial families, adoption, Ashkenazi privilege and political correctness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/racism-jewish-community

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  4. Radical Inclusion

    Declarations that everyone is welcome in a community are insufficient for Jews who do not identify as white. Jewishness is not the sole or primary identity for those who are oppressed and endangered because of the color of their skin.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/radical-inclusion

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  5. Reimagining Jewish Community Sermon Sparks

    Download these text studies inspired by the essays in Reimagining Jewish Community, by Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Rabbi Brian Field, and Rabbi Ariana Katz.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/reimagining-jewish-community-sermon-sparks

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  6. Israel & Us: Creating a New Narrative

    Drawing from her involvement with groups ranging from T’ruah to the New Jewish Agenda, Rabbi Toba Spitzer explains the power of two disparate narratives in describing, understanding and working to find commonality within the American Jewish discourse on Israel/Palestine.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/israel-us-creating-new-narrative

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  7. Our Responsibility

    Drawing from teachings in the Babylonian Talmud, Rabbi David Teutsch teaches that “silence is consent.” For American Jewish communities, keeping silent about injustice emerging in Israel makes Jews complicit in those acts of injustice.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/our-responsibility

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  8. Why We Do What We Do

    Drawing from teachings in the Babylonian Talmud, Rabbi David Teutsch teaches that “silence is consent.” For American Jewish communities, keeping silent about injustice emerging in Israel makes Jews complicit in those acts of injustice.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/why-we-do-what-we-do

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  9. Micah's Message

    Fighting for immigration reform and safety for refugees is a clear “charge of Torah,” writes Amy Small. Many generations of Jews are invigorated by long-held Jewish values of pursuing justice and protecting the “stranger.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/micahs-message

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

  10. My name is Dev, and my pronouns are ‘they’ and ‘them’

    Having their choice of pronouns respected is very important to a trans or nonbinary person. They perpetually face the false but ubiquitous assumption that the male/female binary includes all gender identities.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/evolve-ref/my-name-dev-and-my-pronouns-are-they-and-them

    Posted on: 2019/11/13 - 7:52pm

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