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Embracing Our Sorrows
July 31, 2017

As the mournful day of Tisha B’Av arrives, Rabbi Jacob Staub reflects on the value of embracing our sorrows. 

Embracing our Sorrows
July 31, 2017

As the fast day of Tisha B’Av approaches, Rabbi Jacob Staub asks: why do we harp on sorrowful events that occurred so many centuries ago? The answer lies in the nature of grief.

Interview with Rabbi Toba Spitzer
July 26, 2017

In an insightful interview, Rabbi Toba Spitzer (RRC ‘97) reflects on what motivated her to attend RRC, what it was like to enter the rabbinate as a lesbian, and how much has changed in two decades. She also reflects on what individuals and communities can do to combat social inequality.

Statement on July Violence in Israel
July 25, 2017

Statement condemning recent terror attack and addressing Temple Mount violence

How One Interfaith Family Found a Home at Synagogue
July 21, 2017

In an article in the Forward, Debbie Karl, a member of Reconstructionist Congregation Or Hadash, recounts the ways in which her interfaith family was welcomed into Jewish life.

Statement on Terror Attack at Entrance to Temple Mount
July 14, 2017

Condemnation of terror attack at the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

Philosophy, Strategic Communications and Innovative Fundraising
July 10, 2017

In an essay for eJewishphilanthropy, RRC’s Josh Peskin, vice-president for strategic advancement, outlines the values that animate fundraising and drive human connections. 

Let's Journey Together
July 7, 2017

In an essay that appeared in Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., makes the case that Reconstructionist Judaism matters now more than ever.

Statement on Cancellation of Western Wall Agreement
June 26, 2017

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities jointly condemn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to cancel an agreement that would have allowed for mixed and egalitarian prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  

Reconstructionist Movement Welcomes Italian Congregation as Newest Affiliate
June 22, 2017

The Sinagoga Ner Tamid del Sud in Serrastretta, Italy is the most recent congregation to formally affiliate with the Reconstructionist movement.

Reconstructionist Movement Featured in Report on Innovation in Faith Communities
June 19, 2017

In a visionary report on the changing American religious landscape, RRC/JRC serves as a model for creative institutional transformation.

Statement on June 14 Shooting
June 14, 2017

We are deeply shocked by the shooting that targeted members of Congress and others. We fear that guns and bullets are replacing speech and debate, and we know that all those who believe in democracy and human dignity will not allow that to happen.

Public Letter on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord
June 13, 2017

Letter from American Jewish groups in response to the announced withdrawal from the Paris climate accord

A New Name for Camp JRF
June 6, 2017

A new name is announced for Camp JRF.

Call for Submissions: Embracing the Stranger
May 30, 2017

We welcome your submission for the High Holidays on the theme of “Embracing the Stranger — Within and Without.” Deadline is July 17, 2017!

Statement on Terrorist Attacks
May 26, 2017

Statement on terrorist attacks on Egyptian Coptic Christians in May 2017

Finding Reconstructionist Judaism in the Lone Star State
May 3, 2017

Jennifer Janes may live in the same city she had as a teen, but she’s traveled a long road to find her spiritual home in Reconstructionist Judaism and Congregation Beth Am in San Antonio, Texas.

When the Call Comes, Will Your Congregation Be Ready?
April 19, 2017

Best practices in responding to congregational inquiries.

Resolution Affirms Full Inclusion of Transgender, Non-Binary Jews
March 29, 2017

All branches of the Reconstructionist movement have adapted resolutions affirming the full equality of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals.

Jewish Values and Journalistic Ethics
March 23, 2017

Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D., discusses the role of the free press in the Jewish community and American society, and what Jewish values can teach us about journalistic ethics.