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Israeli-Palestinian History from a Progressive Zionist Perspective

This 3-part online class offers a comprehensive but accessible overview of how Jews came into being as a nation in the ancient Land of Israel, how their many centuries of exile affected their relationship to that land, and how modern Zionism developed into a successful state building movement culminating in the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948.

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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:

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Global Day of Jewish Learning 2020

On November 8, 2020, we participated in the Global Day of Jewish Learning sponsored by Limmud-NA. The day’s theme was “Human Dignity”. Rabbis Sarra Lev and Micah Weiss presented lectures — videos are includedhere. 

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Reconstructionist Commission on Homosexuality Report (1992)

In 1992, the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot released a report entitled Homosexuality And Judaism: The Reconstructionist Position, a document affirming the humanity and equality of gay and lesbian Jews and advocating for inclusion and welcome in all areas of Jewish life — a forthright stance that put Reconstructionism in the vanguard of religious organizations at that time. 

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The Reconstructionist Network