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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?

Israel Mission Trip, March 2018: A Travelogue
April 23, 2018

When we began our Israel journey together in Tel Aviv on March 7th, we were 25 people representing 11 Reconstructionist communities who travelled there on the promise to go places and meet people that even veteran Israel travelers hadn’t visited or met. And on that promise, the Reconstructing Judaism Israel Mission Trip delivered.

How Judaism Elevates Modern Discourse: The Topic at the Table for Chesapeake Day of Learning
April 17, 2018

The 2018 Chesapeake Day of Learning addressed difficult conversations in progressive Jewish communities.

Why Belong?
April 9, 2018

Why belong to the Jewish people? Why belong to a synagogue? Why belong to the Reconstructionist movement? These are some of the most important questions that I am asked and that I, along with all of us at Reconstructing Judaism, strive to answer powerfully and convincingly.

Responding to Recent Events Involving Israel’s African Asylum Seekers
April 5, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) urge Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government to reconsider its decision to abandon the agreement it initially announced it had struck with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, on April 2, 2018.

Response to Recent Violence on Gaza Border
April 3, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) are deeply saddened and concerned following the deaths of approximately 18 Palestinians,  and the wounding of many others, by Israeli army fire during last Friday’s Palestinian-led marches near the border fence between Gaza and Israel.

Does The Torah Require Us To Publicize Names Of Sexual Abusers?
March 28, 2018

What does Judaism teach us about how to respond to accusations of harassment or assault?

Reconstructionist Movement Updates
March 6, 2018

Though we count time Jewishly, by any consideration the secular year 2018 is an exciting year for the Reconstructionist movement.

Living the Mission: Values-Based Decision-Making and Reconstructing Judaism
March 6, 2018

The story of Temple Emmanuel’s ongoing exploration of Reconstructionist liturgy, and the rich conversations the process has opened up.

Entrepreneurial True Grit
March 1, 2018

Is grit the key to success for social entrepreneurs? Ariana Katz suggests that the answer lies elsewhere.