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Jewish Ethics, #MeToo, and Crowd-Sourced Responsa
September 14, 2018

In 5778, the hashtags #TimesUp #MeToo #GamAni sparked a broad communal conversation about abuses of power on the part of individuals and institutions, within and beyond the Jewish community. The year brought revelations of misconduct among celebrities and government officials, and in Jewish schools, organizations, and synagogues. Now, powerful people who abuse their power are being held accountable, and this is a development that is welcome and long overdue. That doesn’t mean it is easy.




Rosh Hashanah Message: In Order to Move Forward, We Must Look Back
September 7, 2018

In this Rosh Hashanah video message, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, explores the ways in which remembering the past is crucial to moving forward into a sweet New Year. 




Evolve: Sowing the Seeds of Constructive Evolution
September 4, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism has just rolled out Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations with the intention of hosting difficult, groundbreaking conversations that are nevertheless mutually respectful and supportive. We invite you to visit Evolve and to join the conversations!




Notes from the Border
August 27, 2018

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, reports on her participation in the national leadership mission to the San Diego-Tijuana border organized by HIAS and the Anti-Defamation League.




Atlanta Congregation to Share Its Passion for Music at Convention
August 15, 2018

The musical services at Congregation Bet Haverim are a phenomenon. This November, a contingent of more than 30 members of Bet Haverim’s chorus and band will be featured at the Reconstructing Judaism 2018 Convention in Philadelphia.




Gathering Together
August 6, 2018

As we continue to develop new ways to build community across time and distance, we must also continue to find ways to “be there” for one another.




The Power of Gathering
August 6, 2018

Board president Seth Rosen reflects on the power of being together in the same place. 




Statement on Israel's Passage of Nation State Law
July 19, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association strongly oppose the Nation State Law that the Knesset has now established as one of Israel’s Basic Laws, which carry constitutional weight.




The Poor People’s Campaign, a National Call for Moral Revival
July 2, 2018

The RRA recently became a partner of the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). In the last two weeks the PPC has coordinated rallies and acts of civil disobedience in over 30 state capitals, including the participation of over 15 RRA members. 




Drawing Comfort from Community
July 2, 2018

Belonging connects us to something larger than our own individual experience. I belong to the Jewish people because claiming this connection enters me into a millennia-old conversation and joins me into community both vertical—all those who came before me and all those who follow—and horizontal—the Jews of today, in all our diversity.




Reconstructionist Communities Make Disability Inclusion a Top Priority
June 28, 2018

With a welcoming ethos and a drive to break down barriers, Reconstructionist congregations and havurot have been part of a revolution that’s taken place in the public awareness of the importance of disability inclusion and related services.




Joint Statement on Immigration
June 27, 2018

The leadership of Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn with horror the travesty that has become our immigration system under the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump.




Parenting And Cognitive Disabilities: Looking To My Son’s Future
June 13, 2018

In an article for the New York Jewish Week, Gabrielle Kaplan-Meyer describes the challenges families face in planning for the future of children with cognitive disabilities. 




Jewish Letter on Family Separation
June 12, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association stand with other national Jewish organizations to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies that separate children from their parents.




Rabbis as Entrepreneurs? It's Not About the Money
June 5, 2018

We train rabbis to be social entrepreneurs: applying a business-like discipline to creating solutions to social justice, cultural and environmental issues.




The Aviv Revolving Loan Fund Helps Synagogues and Havurot Spring Into Growth
June 1, 2018

The Aviv Revolving Loan Fund is one way that Reconstructing Judaism is marshaling its resources to strengthen affiliated communities and foster innovation.




Statement on Recent Events in Israel and Gaza
May 16, 2018

A statement from Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association




A Message of Condolence
May 6, 2018

We express condolences on the tragic death of Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., 12th president of HUC-JIR.




Reconstructing Judaism: Evolution in Action
May 1, 2018

Judaism as an “evolving civilization” has been a Reconstructionist catchphrase for decades. But as board chair Seth Rosen writes, a deeper understanding of evolutionary biology gives fresh insight on the path ahead.




Statement on Nashville and Toronto
April 25, 2018

For those of us in North America, what words are adequate to this week’s domestic horrors happening in close succession and dominating headlines: the murder by gun of four people in Nashville and the murder with a van of ten and injury of countless others in Toronto? What actions can we take?




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