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Radical Inclusion

In this essay for Evolve, Aurora Levins Morales discusses how declarations that everyone is welcome in a community are insufficient for Jews who do not identify as white.

50th Anniversary of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

We welcome you to explore a visual timeline of the first 50 years of RRC.

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

Online Meeting: Rabbis and Spiritual Leaders of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot

May 29, 2019

1 p.m. EST

We would love for you to participate in our first-ever meeting of rabbis and spiritual leaders of Reconstructionist congregations and havurot. Tresa Grauer, vice president for Thriving Communities at Reconstructing Judaism, will be joined by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism; Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, executive director of Havaya Summer Programs; and Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, executive director of the RRA. If you have an item that you’d like to suggest for the agenda, please contact Tresa Grauer at TGrauer@ReconstructingJudaism.org.

Online Meeting: Reconstructionist Presidents’ Meeting

June 23, 2019

1 p.m. EST

The topic of this Presidents’ Meeting will be: Sharing and Discussion About Alternative Dues Policies. More details will follow! For more information, contact Jackie Land at JLand@ReconstructingJudaism.org.

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:

Letter to New York Times Regarding Antisemitic Cartoon
Letter to Tennessee Legislation on Child Welfare
Statement on Shooting at Chabad of Poway
Statement on Easter Sunday Bombings in Sri Lanka
Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Supports Bipartisan Legislation on Burma
Letter in support of the Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act

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


Podcasts From Our Studio

We 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: 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.





TrendingJewish podcast

#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?

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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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