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Below, you’ll find a list of all news and blog posts on the site in reverse chronological order.

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Reconstructionist Educators of North America: An Overview
February 13, 2019

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




Havaya: Camp to Campus
February 11, 2019

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




Jewish Ethics Conference Gathers Academics, Rabbis and Communal Leaders to Explore Contemporary Questions in a Jewish Framework
February 1, 2019

What are the key ethical questions facing Jews and Jewish communities today? How can scholars, rabbis and communal leaders discuss ethics in a way that impacts how people behave in the real world?  “Jewish Values & the Ethical Now: A Conference in Celebration of Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D” will explore these questions on March 10-11, 2019 in Philadelphia.




Evolving
February 1, 2019

There is a vast amount of diversity across the Reconstructionist movement. This is a good thing: the embrace of diversity, the recognition that it could be vitalizing for the Jewish people and the Jewish civilization, is at the heart of a Reconstructionist approach to being Jewish. Yet there is one thing on which every Reconstructionist I encounter agrees: we all want the Reconstructionist movement to have greater visibility. We all want recognition for all our past innovations and for all the ways we continue to reconstruct Jewish life now.

Facing Death, Rabbinical Student Teaches Others About Living Life
January 11, 2019

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




New U.S. Rep Talks Reconstructionism, Convention, Eastern Religions and MLK
January 9, 2019

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. 




Champagne and Aspirin For Strengthening Jewish Community
January 9, 2019

Reflections on lessons learned in a network of network weavers




In Tragedy’s Wake, Dor Hadash Finds Strength in Jewish Community
January 2, 2019

Two months after the attack at Pittsburgh congregation Dor Hadash, we revisit the community.




Joint Israel Commission Meets at Convention
December 17, 2018

The Joint Israel Commission gathered in person at the Reconstructing Judaism convention. Rabbi Maurice Harris reports on their activities and next steps. 




Statement on Recent Events in Israel
December 14, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn and are saddened by the recent terror attacks by Palestinian extremists against Israeli soldiers, police and civilians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.




Rooted and Relevant: Dispatches from Convention 2018
November 20, 2018

Several dispatches from the November 2018 Reconstructing Judaism conference: prayer, learning, and action.




‘We Are All Dor Hadash’
November 7, 2018

Reconstructionist congregation Dor Hadash was one of the groups in the crosshairs of the horrific Pittsburgh shooting attack. We recount the unique qualities of this vibrant community, the trauma they’ve undergone, and the values they continue to uphold.  




Articles, Essays and Statements on the Shooting in Pittsburgh
November 7, 2018

A selection of articles, essays and statements on the tragic events in Pittsburgh. 




The Importance of Holy Conversation
November 6, 2018

We deeply believe in holy conversation. It is essential and urgent. We know Reconstructionists are good at it. We want to maintain this strength and deepen it, and to model it for the wider community. We hope that you agree and will join us.




Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre
October 30, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the devastating losses that a white nationalist domestic terrorist inflicted upon the Jewish community this past Shabbat morning at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. Included among the dead and wounded are members of our affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash, which meets there.




Responding to Today's Tragedy
October 27, 2018

All of us at Reconstructing Judaism are still processing the shock, grief and heartbreak of the shooting that took place in Pittsburgh at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation, which is also the home of our Reconstructionist affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash.




Initial Statement on the Pittsburgh Shootings
October 27, 2018

We are shocked and horrified by the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Our hearts, support and condolences go out to the community members of the Tree Of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation, to the community members of our affiliated congregation, Congregation Dor Hadash, who were meeting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and to the people of Pittsburgh.




Diving Into the Tank: Spotlighting Social Entrepreneurship Models at Convention
October 26, 2018

What ideas are Jewish communities exploring to reach unengaged and under-engaged populations in new ways and spaces? What conversations are taking place about how to fund such ideas? How can communities gain the confidence to try, and possibly fail, in order to implement the next idea? These questions will be front-and-center during the closing program of “Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018,” the Reconstructionist movement’s first convention in nearly a decade.




In Praise of Movements
October 26, 2018

Two November events loom as I write this column: the mid-term elections on November 6, and the first Reconstructionist movement-wide convention in a decade, a week later.  The first admittedly will have far more impact on the world than the latter, but they are linked in my mind for one important reason: movements matter.




Statement Opposing Trump Plan to Curtail Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People
October 22, 2018

We lift our collective voices in support of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people — our loved ones, our community leaders, and people across the globe.




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