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  1. America's First Bat Mitzvah podcast promo

    Many Jews have heard that the first bat mitzvah celebration took place in 1922 in a Reconstructionist congregation — and that the first girl to become a bat mitzvah was Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism.  Much less familiar are the historical factors leading to that moment, or why it took several more decades before the bat mitzvah as we know it to take root. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/americas-first-bat-mitzvah-and-its-legacy-american-jewish-life

    Posted on: 2021/05/27 - 10:35am

  2. NPR Story - Antisemitism after Gaza

    In the wake of the recent armed hostilities between Israel and Gaza, American Jews have increasingly experienced antisemitic harassment and violence. In a recent NPR story, “Antisemitism Spikes, And Many Jews Wonder: ‘Where Are Our Allies?’”, Rabbi Sandra Lawson recounts her experience being targeted on social media:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/npr-story-rising-antisemitism-and-role-allies

    Posted on: 2021/06/07 - 10:05am

  3. Reconstructing Judaism Over the Next Five Years

    by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., and Seth Rosen

    In March 2021, the board of governors unanimously adopted a five-year strategic plan for Reconstructing Judaism. The new strategic plan reaffirms our longstanding commitments, transforms our ideological interest in innovation into strategy, and charts new paths forward around engagement of individuals and communities through both in-person and online platforms.

    The plan identifies five key goals, equal in importance:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructing-judaism-over-next-five-years

    Posted on: 2021/06/16 - 2:02pm

  4. Reconstructing Judaism Adopts Commitments on Racial Justice - News Item

    The Reconstructionist movement’s Jews of Color and Allies Advisory Group recently made a set of recommendations about how to racially diversify and advance anti-racism in the Reconstructionist movement, including at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Camp Havaya, and how to center and celebrate the voices and experiences of BIPOC (Black, indigenous and people of color) in the Reconstructionist movement.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/reconstructing-judaism-adopts-commitments-racial-justice

    Posted on: 2021/06/15 - 12:00am

  5. Statement on the No Fear Rally

    Although Reconstructing Judaism has not been asked to participate in the No Fear rally, and has therefore had no opportunity to participate in its messaging or planning, we endorse it in principle because we are firmly opposed to antisemitism and, in our efforts to foster engaged and substantive Jewish life and in our tikkun olam and public square work, we act continuously to counter it.  We believe that antisemitism is a scourge that must be forcefully denounced.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/statement-no-fear-rally

    Posted on: 2021/07/09 - 12:31pm

  6. Amanda Mbuvi Announcement

  7. Creating Radically Welcoming Communities

    On June 30, 2021, Rabbi Sandra Lawson (she/her) led a racial justice workshop called Creating Radically Welcoming Communities. This workshop was part of a series of racial justice workshops called Looking within for Communical Change, organized and produced by Philadelphia’s Center City Kehillah. Reconstructing Judaism proudly co-sponsored Rabbi Lawson’s workshop with the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia and the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/creating-radically-welcoming-communities

    Posted on: 2021/07/19 - 2:55pm

  8. Prayer for the State of Israel

  9. Making Seder and Kiddush more inclusive

    One of the small but significant innovations of the Reconstructionist haggadah, “A Night of Questions,” was the rubric “wine or grape juice” that appears before each of the traditional four cups of the Seder as well as in the Introduction of how to prepare for Pesach.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/making-seder-and-kiddush-more-inclusive

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 3:51pm

  10. Judaism on the Cutting Edge

    The only surprise about my decision to become a rabbi was my choice of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Everything about my activities and commitments throughout my life made this seem logical to the people who knew and loved me—except that I had been raised in another movement. For me, however, I was either going to RRC or choosing a different career.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/judaism-cutting-edge

    Posted on: 2016/05/05 - 11:29am

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