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News from Reconstructing Judaism and our Affiliates

 

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Reconstructionist News

 

News from Reconstructing Judaism and our Affiliates

 

You can find a list of our public positions and endorsements here.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
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.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
April 17, 2018

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

Reconstructionist News
March 28, 2018

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

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
March 6, 2018

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

Reconstructionist News - Ritual and Liturgy
March 6, 2018

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

Reconstructionist News
February 28, 2018

Serving Jewish prisoners in state prison, rabbinic students find new perspectives on freedom and responsibility.

Reconstructionist News
February 21, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism welcomes Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
January 30, 2018

We're changing our name to Reconstructing Judaism. Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, explains why.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
January 30, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism: Who we are and what we do. 

Reconstructionist News - Ethics and Values
January 25, 2018

RRC faculty address sexual harassment in Jewish organizations, including harassment of women rabbis. 

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
January 9, 2018

Reflections on the state of Reconstructionist Judaism as 2018 begins.

Reconstructionist News
January 8, 2018

Rabbi Howard Cohen, who serves both as a rabbi and a volunteer firefighter, describes how his overlapping spheres provide richness and balance. 

Reconstructionist News - Pursuing Justice
January 7, 2018

Reflections on the recent Jewish Social Justice roundtable meeting on racial justice and equity.

Reconstructionist News
December 5, 2017

Board chair Seth Rosen lays out his plans for the development of the Reconstructionist movement.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
December 5, 2017

At Camp Havaya Arts, opening this summer in Redlands, California, campers will be nurtured as they explore for themselves what it means to live a Jewish life through the prism of the arts.

Reconstructionist News
October 17, 2017

In a new documentary, "The Chosen People? A Film about Jewish Identity," filmmaker Josh Gippin explores the concept of "chosenness" as it has evolved from biblical to contemporary times. The film prominently features Reconstructionist Judaism and its rejection of the idea of Jews as God's chosen people— but also includes perspectives that embrace it. 

Reconstructionist News
October 10, 2017

Reconstructing Judaism awarded its Auerbach Innovation Launch Grant to Rabbi Shelly Barnathan, ’15. The yearlong $20,000 grant will help to fund Or Zarua, a "co-constructed" spiritual community in suburban Philadelphia that aims to meet the needs of baby-boomers and empty-nesters.

Reconstructionist News
September 24, 2017

As David Roberts concludes his 11-year tenure as board chair for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, he remains as committed as ever to championing a groundbreaking and inclusive vision of Judaism.

Reconstructionist News
September 24, 2017

Seth Rosen nearly opted out of Jewish life entirely. Instead, he became president of his congregation. Now, the recently retired lawyer has risen to be the new chair of the board of governors of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College & Jewish Reconstructionist Communities.

Reconstructionist News
September 15, 2017

Reconstructing Judaism, along with six Reconstructionist congregations, is partnering with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in a pilot project to enhance the teaching of values in religious schools. 

Reconstructionist News
September 12, 2017

Several years ago, the Abigail Pogrebin immersed herself in the Jewish calendar, minor and major holidays alike. Her book, “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew,” chronicles the result. Read an interview with Pogrebin and find out how to join her learning network and "find sparkle in the Jewish calendar."

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
August 29, 2017

An overview of the new Jewishrecon.org website.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
August 8, 2017

Report on Pacific Northwest Shabbaton in May 2017

Reconstructionist News
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.

Reconstructionist News
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 News - Strategic Planning
June 19, 2017

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

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
June 6, 2017

A new name is announced for Camp JRF.

Reconstructionist News - Creative Expression
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!

Reconstructionist News
May 26, 2017

Statement on terrorist attacks on Egyptian Coptic Christians in May 2017

Reconstructionist News - LGBTQ Inclusion
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.

Reconstructionist News
March 10, 2017

In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, Congregation Dorshei Emet in Montreal campaigned to sponsor four refugee families. We were happy to hear that the first of the four families arrived in Canada last month.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
February 1, 2017

On January 29, 2017, Reconstructionist rabbis and thinkers gathered for a day of learning and study on "Moving Forward in Changing Times." The gathering offered a range of Jewish approaches to finding spiritual strength as an activist, how to have difficult conversations with those with opposing viewpoints and how to stay sane and grounded in what feels like an avalanche of political change. 

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
January 31, 2017

In an interview, Tresa Grauer shares the latest innovations in the way we support our Reconstructionist communities. 

Reconstructionist News - Public Square
January 24, 2017

Two RRC professors are part of an effort in which scholars of religion will, for the first 100 days of the new administration, be sending letters to the president, vice president, cabinet secretaries and members of the House and Senate. 

Reconstructionist News - Congregational Resources
January 24, 2017

We have created a poster that congregations can use to send a clear message of inclusion and welcome.

Reconstructionist News - Spiritual Practice
January 18, 2017

How will you sustain your spirit through your next four years, your lifetime? Do you wonder how you can show up for challenging times with compassion, courage, equanimity and joy? Spirit in Practice, a podcast miniseries, answers these and other questions through lively discussion among emerging leaders and religious teachers of many faiths who are exploring social activism and spiritual practices.

Reconstructionist News - Camp
September 27, 2016

Camp JRF, the Reconstructionist summer camp located in northeast Pennsylvania, has announced plans to open a film and arts-based specialty camp in Southern California. The Foundation for Jewish Camp, as part of its Specialty Camps Incubator, is awarding up to $1.4 million over four years to Camp JRF in order to open a Jewish specialty camp in the Los Angeles area.

Reconstructionist News - Omer Counting and Lag Ba'Omer
May 4, 2016

This year, we’re counting the omer, while featuring the painting Omer 2014 by D’vorah Horn. Follow along on our Instagram and Facebook. We hope you’ll count the omer, and join us on this meditative journey!

Reconstructionist News - Death and Mourning
March 1, 2016

Faculty, staff and students at RRC led a program explaining the Reconstructionist perspective on a traditional pre-burial ritual.

Reconstructionist News - Early Childhood
January 1, 2000

How can you delight two- and three-year-olds with chanting of Torah in ancient melodies called trope?

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