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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. National Jewish Letter on DREAM Act

    RRC/JRC signed onto a letter from the Jewish Council on Public Affairs, supporting the DREAM Act.

    The full letter is attached as a pdf. It reads, in part:

    We, the undersigned national Jewish agencies and organizations, are deeply concerned about the 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who will soon be at risk of detention and deportation unless Congress acts swiftly to provide permanent protection. We urge you to pass a clean Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440) before January 19, 2018.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/national-jewish-letter-dream-act

    Posted on: 2018/01/17 - 11:56am

  5. Joint Filing Opposing Anti-LGBTQ Religious Exemptions in Supreme Court Case

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and many Reconstructionist leaders were among 1,300 clergy and faith leaders representing half a million congregants from approximately 50 unique faith traditions across the U.S. who joined together to send a clear message that businesses open to the public must serve all. The clergy filed a friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/amicus-opposing-religious-exemptions

    Posted on: 2017/10/30 - 11:30am

  6. Community Teaching 11-21-2017 - Maurice Harris

    In this Community Learning call from November 21, 2017, Rabbi Maurice Harris talks about the strange way the Torah tells us about Moses’ up-close encounters with God, contradicting itself purposely within the space of nine verses. Two consecutive stories in the Book of Exodus confront us with a crucial paradox about how it is or isn’t possible to encounter the Divine, leaving us as readers with something like an “impossible” mental picture that we may be tempted to try to resolve or to hold as a fruitful paradox.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/moses-encounters-god

    Posted on: 2017/12/11 - 2:31pm

  7. Sandy Sasso: Art and Biblical Text

    In this Community Teaching call from January 2017, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso teaches on artists and biblical text as seen through literature, visual art and music.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/art-and-biblical-text

    Posted on: 2017/12/11 - 2:57pm

  8. 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

  9. Letter Urging Israel to Halt Deportation of Asylum-Seekers

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the early signatories of this letter organized by the New Israel Fund, HIAS, T’ruah and Right Now. The full letter with signatories can be found here.

    The letter reads:

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We write as Jewish clergy from around the world to urge you to stop the deportations of asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have sought refuge in Israel.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/letter-urging-israel-halt-deportation-asylum-seekers

    Posted on: 2018/01/22 - 12:00am

  10. Amicus Brief in Support of Unions

    Reconstructionist institutions joined an amicus curiae brief filed by Faith in Public life in the case of Janus vs. AFCME et al. The numerous religious organizations joining the brief did so under the “deep conviction that labor unions are indispensable to achieving social justice. Social justice for laborers has deep roots in scripture and tradition and the importance of unions has been acknowledged by organized religion since the nineteenth century.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/endorsement/amicus-brief-supporting-unions

    Posted on: 2018/01/19 - 12:00am

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