Connect | Page 2 | Reconstructing Judaism

CONNECT

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.

View from behind of seated worshippers
?<php print $imgalt;?>

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!
Celebratory crown marching with Torah scroll
?<php print $imgalt;?>

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

News and Blogs

Remembering How To Listen: A Reconstructionist Trip to Israel

Jennifer Ferentz recently returned from the first-ever Reconstructionist Birthright trip to Israel. She reflects on her experiences. 

News
News and Blogs

Light Through The Cracks

Rabbi Deborah Waxman reflects on finding spiritual equilibrium in a time of shifting sands.

News
News and Blogs

The First Reconstructionist Birthright Journey

A participant on the first Reconstructionist Birthright trip reflects on her journey.

News
News and Blogs

Op-Ed on Trump Refugee Ban &amp; Holocaust Remembrance Statement

In an op-ed published in Ha’aretz, President Trump’s failure to acknowledge Jewish Holocaust victims while banning entry of refugees spurs criticism. 

News
News and Blogs

Politics From The Pulpit: Speaking Publicly About Repairing The World Together

Reconstructionist Judaism takes seriously our obligation to act together to address injustice and suffering. To do so, Rabbi Elliot Tepperman argues, our congregations need to be places where we can safely engage in political and ethical agitation and disagreement, while avoiding mere irritation.

News
News and Blogs

Jewish Nasty Women: We must claim our history to repudiate Trump

In this personal and political post in The Times of Israel, Rabbi Deborah Waxman discusses what's at stake in this presidential election and beyond.

News

A Yizkor Prayer for Righteous Gentiles

A child of Holocaust survivors, Rani Jaegar composed a yizkor prayer for Righteous Gentiles that is unique and breaks new ground. It tells the story of those who saw suffering and knew how to find their humanity. It remembers that “righteousness is an everlasting foundation” that breaks boundaries.

Article
News and Blogs

How Might We Learn Sustainability from "Hot Dudes Reading?"

Cyd Weissman interviews the founder of Hot Dudes Reading to glean lessons on marketing, sustainability, and collaboration.

News
News and Blogs

Hevrutahpreneurship: Partnering for Learning and Leading

Cyd Weissman interviews a couple who are are successfully leading a startup guided by the Jewish principle of hevrutah, Aramaic for friendship or companionship.

News
News and Blogs

Spirituality and Mental Health

Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D., explains why spirituality can be such an important aspect of mental health. 

News
News and Blogs

No Success Without Learning To Fail

“Fail Forward” is the mantra of entrepreneurs. Take risks. You will fail, guaranteed. Learn from it. Once a little smarter, boldly launch again. Entrepreneurs believe, as Robert Kennedy did, “to achieve greatness, you have to fail greatly.”

News
News and Blogs

Voters Must Act Against Demagoguery

RRC President Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., was among the 18,000 people in the audience for Donald Trump’s March 21 speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference. Her response was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer  under the title “Voters Must Act Against Demagoguery.” 

News
News and Blogs

Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom

A reflection by Rabbi Deborah Waxman on marriage equality in the US and Israel

News
News and Blogs

Welcoming the Stranger, Living Our Values

In an op-ed piece in Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., compellingly argues in favor of a robust and compassionate refugee program. 

News
News and Blogs

Hope and the New Zionism

Adina Newberg sees the ideals of Israel’s Declaration of Independence under increasing pressure, but also acted out by community leaders.

News