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Convention 2018

Rooted and Relevant

Our recent convention, Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018, was the largest community gathering of Reconstructionists in history. Rooted in a love of evolving and growing Torah, some 700 people sang and studied, dined and danced, played and prayed in an event that has reenergized the movement beyond all expectations. Rabbis, lay leaders, young people, elders, teachers and performers displayed the talent and relevance of our movement in these times, strengthening each other for the challenges ahead. 

Reconstructionist Movement’s Convention, 2018

Convention Recap

For a feel of the vibrant programming at Convention, please read Rooted and Relevant: Dispatches from Convention 2018.

This Convention perfectly embodied the way that we are in fact reconstructing Judaism in 2018. This video reflecting voices from across our movement demonstrated that to the Convention community on Friday morning: 

Reconstructing Judaism Convention Video

The values underpinning Convention can be found in this article co-authored by our board chair, Seth Rosen, and president, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.: The Importance of Holy Conversation.

Several sessions were streamed live on Facebook. They are viewable here under the #Reconvention2018 playlist.

We will continue to add more audio and video recordings of Convention sessions as they become available. 

Media Coverage

Here’s the Forward’s preview story: “A Small, Edgy Jewish Group Gathers for the First Time in Eight Years.”

Here’s the Jewish Exponent’s convention preview

6ABC, the local ABC affiliate, ran a short clip highlighting the convention

Remarks & Divrei Torah

We are delighted to share these divrei torah from Convention service leaders: 

And we are grateful for these remarks from movement leaders, who have given their permission to share them here:


We would like to thank everyone who attended the 2018 Convention and helped make it such a wonderful experience, including our sponsors, donors and vendors, volunteers, service leaders, panelists, workshop leaders, the Convention steering committee, advisory committee and local committee, the board of Reconstructing Judaism, and the staff who worked so tirelessly to ensure that everything went smoothly! We would also like to thank the staff of the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City, Philadelphia for stretching to their limits in order to host the largest event they’ve ever hosted.