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Reconstructionist communities pray, learn, celebrate, and take action together. In our congregations, havurot and camp, we take bold risks and firm stands in order to help Torah, Jewish practice, culture and community evolve to meet the needs of today’s diverse progressive Jews and fellow travellers. Rooted in Jewish values, we work across boundaries in the service of justice, peace, and global well-being.

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Directory of Congregations

Reconstructionist Congregations are found throughout North America. See if there's one near you!

Tikkun Olam

The Reconstructionist movement has helped define the vanguard of social justice in the Jewish community, advancing causes from equality for women and the LGBT community, to interfaith dialogue. How can a movement with distinctive yet limited resources continue to be most effective as an agent of change? Focus. Our Tikkun Olam Commission is concentrating on a single area of social justice: the wealth gap. Learn more about our efforts and get involved!
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Resources for Congregations

Through our institutions, learning networks, and rich resources, the Reconstructionist movement helps congregations and havurot grow, thrive, and connect.

Reconstructionist Voices—Recent Posts

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Divine Justice: A Jewish Perspective

Video of Chautauqua Institution talk on Jewish views of Divine Justice (July 19, 2019)

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A High Holiday Message

The Talmud tells us that God created repentance (teshuvah) before creating the physical world. As Billy Joel once sang, “we’re only human, we’re supposed to make mistakes.” It’s how we respond to mistakes, how we grow, that matters. This video explores the twin themes of teshuvah and gratitude (hakarat hatov.) Our tradition offers us practices that cultivate self-reflection and humility, relationship and repair. We hope these words offer some comfort and guidance as you undergo your own process of teshuvah and, in meaningful relationships with others, make Godliness present in the world.

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Need to Take a Breath at Work?

More and faster describes my usual work habit. I’ve operated this way for decades. But daily, I’m learning to take a breath so my work is not solely about tasks; it is infused with soul.

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G-dliness, Faith in Humanity and Surviving 9/11

Jonathan Markowitz recounts his narrow escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11, and reflects on God, Judaism and humanity in light of his experience.

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Pride Month, Israel, and Us

A personal message from Rabbi Deborah Waxman

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From Despair to Action

Rabbi Deborah Waxman reflects on the ways in which Reconstructing Judaism is strengthening the ways in which we support and connect Jewish communities traumatized by the recent surge in antisemitic attacks.

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Divinely Inspired: Through Meditation, Rabbi Teaches Human Vulnerability as a Source of Strength

Profile of Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg: her journey, and her contributions to the Reconstructionist movement and to Jewish spiritual life writ large. 

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The First-Ever Reconstructionist Beit Din in Europe

Rabbi Maurice Harris shares the moving story of welcoming new Jews through conversion —on a Reconstructionist beit din in the Netherlands. 

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Why We Have to Talk About It

Can Reconstructionist communities avoid discussing controversial political issues? Seth Rosen argues that despite the challenges, difficult conversations are the only path forward. 

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What Does a Thriving Synagogue Look Like?

Synagogues are a means, not an end in themselves. But thriving synagogues contribute to Judaism’s goal: to create healthy individuals, thriving communities, flourishing Jewish life, interconnected human life and a sustainable planet.

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Reconstructing Pluralism through Conversation

Pluralism is dead. Long live pluralism.

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Reconstructionist Educators of North America: An Overview

Learn more about Reconstructionist Educators of North America, a vital resource for professional development, mentorship and connection for Jewish educators in Reconstructionist communities.

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Havaya: Camp to Campus

A Camp Havaya alum reflects on the ways that her camp experience shaped her for the better.

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Facing Death, Rabbinical Student Teaches Others About Living Life

Emet Tauber, a rabbinical student facing terminal illness, devoted his last days to supporting causes and institutions that he values — including affordable and accessible rabbinic education. 

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New U.S. Rep Talks Reconstructionism, Convention, Eastern Religions and MLK

U.S. Representative Andy Levin is a longtime active member of Reconstructionist congregation T’chiyah in Oak Park, Michigan. This interview explores his deepest commitments, and how he lives them out. 

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