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Latest Updates from Reconstructing Judaism

Reconstructionist Learning Network: Tech Tools for Marketing Success

Learn and share strategies for crafting an effective marketing campaign through email blasts, Facebook ads, graphic design and photo editing in this free Reconstructionist Learning Network starting in March. Each session will include practical instruction and a discussion of best practices. If you attended our previous marketing webinars, please note that this network will include a mix of previously covered and new content. Click here for more information and to register.

Other networks starting soon include: Growth and Development for Small and Mid-sized Congregations.

“Reconstructing Judaism in and Around Montclair Since 1978.”

Bnai Keshet in Montclair, N.J. is using the name of our organization to its advantage in its community outreach materials. With these words, Bnai Keshet signals to its members and prospective members that the community’s Judaism is an active, ongoing project that is relevant, timely and evolving. We extend our gratitude to Bnai Keshet for embracing our organization’s name. Click here to see some of Bnai Keshet’s marketing materials.

Alumni Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

We welcome you to enjoy a special audio series celebrating the first 50 years of RRC.

Listen to the first part of the series: A Rabbinical School Like No Other.

eJewish Philanthropy provides valuable articles for Jewish organizations on topics from marketing to community engagement. The following articles may be relevant to your work and the work of the other leaders of your community:

Help amplify Reconstructionist values in the world by sharing our News Professionals Resource Page with any journalists you might know. The page helps them tap into movement expertise at Reconstructing Judaism.



Upcoming Events

2019 New York Day of Learning
Feb. 3
New York

Please join us for the New York Day of Learning on Sunday, February 3. The theme is Evolve: Reconstructing Judaism in 2019.

Chesapeake Annual Day of Learning
March 31
2:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oseh Shalom
Laurel, Md.

Join us for Jewish learning, a reception, Celebration of Honorees and dinner at the Chesapeake Annual Day of Learning at Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Md.

Trans Jews are Here: A Convening
March 29 - 31
New York

Trans and non-binary Jewish individuals are welcome to come celebrate and explore the intersection of transgender identity and Jewish life. Hosted by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah with Keshet, the convening includes Shabbat experiences, workshops, panels, discussions, presentations, and performances.

Jewish Values & the Ethical Now: A Conference in Celebration of Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D.
March 10 – March 11

A rare opportunity to join cutting-edge scholars and leaders in conversation about how Jewish ethics can address today’s urgent questions. Come for the whole conference, or just for the public symposium and dessert reception on Sunday, March 10 at 7:30 PM.

Jewish Liturgical Music Conference and Shabbaton
March 8 – 11

This two-day conference — preceded by a Shabbaton — will bring together leading scholars, prayer leaders, and musicians to explore and reflect upon the rich and complex Jewish conversation among music, liturgy, and ritual.

Public Positions on Current Matters

Reconstructing Judaism endorses and co-sponsors numerous petitions, public letters and statements from aligned organizations and also issues its own public statements on occasion. Here are the statements we have issued and public letters we have signed onto in the last month, either alone or jointly with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association:


Statement on Recent Events in Israel
In Support of the Johnson Amendment
Letter Opposing Plans to Adopt Legal Definition of Sex
Statement Opposing Trump Plan to Curtail Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People

All of our statements are available at ReconstructingJudaism.org/positions, catalogued by date and by topic.


Podcasts From Our Studio

RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities built a professional podcast studio to launch two podcast series: Hashivenu and #Trending Jewish. We hope you will consider sharing the links to and explanations of these podcasts with your community.

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.

#Trending Jewish

How does Judaism intersect with contemporary culture and illuminate how people live their lives? Hosts Rachael Burgess and Bryan Schwartzman have a lot of questions, both profound and goofy.

Updates for your Board

What are Reconstructionists doing?

Are the members of your community receiving the latest movement news? Is your community curious about how Reconstructionists are making a difference? Do your leaders look for new resources and nuggets of wisdom?

If so, encourage your members to subscribe to our email newsletters. Share this link with your community: http://bit.ly/ReconEmail



Mazel Tov!

We are happy to share your community’s milestones, achievements and successes. Email Rosa Cohen at rcohen@reconstructingjudaism.org to be included in the next Leadership Brief.



How to Reach Us

Tresa Grauer, Vice President for Thriving Communitiestgrauer@reconstructingjudaism.org; 215.576.0800, ext. 144

Rabbi Maurice HarrisAssociate Director for Thriving Communities and Israel Affairs Specialist; mharris@reconstructingjudaism.org; 215.576.0800, ext. 118

Jackie LandAssociate Director for Thriving Communities​​​​​​​jland@reconstructingjudaism.org; 302.500.0863

Jacob WeinbergThriving Communities Associate; jweinberg@reconstructingjudaism.org; 215.576.0800, ext. 13

Micah Weiss, Assistant Director for Thriving Communities and Tikkun Olam Specialist; mweiss@reconstructingjudaism.org; 215.576.0800, ext. 155

Cyd Weissman, Vice President for Innovation and Impactcweissman@reconstructingjudaism.org; 215.576.0800, ext. 257

Rabbi Joel AlpertDirector of Rabbinic Placementjalpert@reconplacement.org; 215.576.0800, ext. 304

Rosa CohenEditor of Leadership Brief and Reconstructionism Today; rcohen@reconstructingjudaism.org; 215.576.0800, ext. 120

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