Reconstructionist Voices | Reconstructing Judaism

Below, you'll find a collection of perspectives informed by Reconstructionist ideas and communities. 

Reconstructionist Voices

Below, you'll find a collection of perspectives informed by Reconstructionist ideas and communities. 

Reconstructionist Voices
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.

Reconstructionist Voices - Reconstructionism
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.

Reconstructionist Voices - Ethics and Values
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.

Reconstructionist Voices - High Holidays
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. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Pursuing Justice
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.

Reconstructionist News - Ethics and Values
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.

Reconstructionist News - Pursuing Justice
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. 

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
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 News - Disabilities and Inclusion
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.

Reconstructionist Voices
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. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Reconstructionism
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.

Reconstructionist News - Israel
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.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
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.

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
February 28, 2018

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

Reconstructionist Voices
February 7, 2018

We call on our elected officials to allow Dreamers to remain in the United States and provide a path to citizenship.

Reconstructionist Voices - Ethics and Values
December 18, 2017

Reconstructionist leaders call for institutional reform and lasting change in the wake of the #metoo campaign.

Reconstructionist Voices - Tikkun Olam
October 9, 2017

Rabbi David Teutsch urges support for foreign aid in the upcoming federal budget.

Reconstructionist Voices - Ethics and Values
September 29, 2017

In a piece for the Forward, Reconstructionist rabbi Michael Strassfeld argues that posting inflammatory comments on social media isn't just tacky. It's a sin. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Spiritual Practice
August 15, 2017

In an essay for eJewishPhilanthropy, Rabbi Deborah Waxman delves into Jewish history and tradition around resilience — the focus of our new podcast, Hashivenu.

Reconstructionist Voices - Tisha B'Av
July 31, 2017

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

Reconstructionist Voices - Reconstructionism
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.

Reconstructionist Voices - Interfaith Partnerships and Families
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.

Reconstructionist Voices - Fundraising and Development
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. 

Reconstructionist Voices
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.

Reconstructionist Voices - Congregational Resources
April 19, 2017

Best practices in responding to congregational inquiries.

Reconstructionist Voices - Ethics and Values
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.

Reconstructionist Voices
March 16, 2017

Paul Piwnicki, a Polish-born, German-raised scientist and Jew-by-choice, credits Reconstructionist thought with helping him develop a personal theology and practice. Piwnicki’s story highlights the influence of Reconstructionist ideas and thinkers, even in countries lacking Reconstructionist congregations.

Reconstructionist Voices
March 3, 2017

A powerful Reconstructionist message responding to recent acts of anti-Semitism, as well as inspiring examples of the best of humanity.

Reconstructionist Voices
February 21, 2017

[Our religious traditions] all believe in the importance of these values: speaking the truth, the sanctity of human life, and the obligation to treat every person with dignity.

Reconstructionist Voices - Movement Activities
February 10, 2017

Jennifer Ferentz recently returned from the first-ever Reconstructionist Birthright trip to Israel. She reflects on her experiences. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Pursuing Justice
February 1, 2017

Rabbi Deborah Waxman reflects on finding spiritual equilibrium in a time of shifting sands.

Reconstructionist Voices - Israel
January 31, 2017

A participant on the first Reconstructionist Birthright trip reflects on her journey.

Reconstructionist Voices - Pursuing Justice
January 30, 2017

In an op-ed published in Ha'aretz, President Trump's failure to acknowledge Jewish Holocaust victims while banning entry of refugees spurs criticism. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Tikkun Olam
January 26, 2017

Reconstructionist Judaism takes seriously our obligation to act together to address injustice and suffering. To do so, Rabbi Elliot Tepperman argues, our congregations need to be places where we can safely engage in political and ethical agitation and disagreement, while avoiding mere irritation.

Reconstructionist Voices
January 19, 2017

After nearly a month of birthday celebrations, Isadore Seeman was glad to get a small break before the rush of the High Holy Day activities. Then again, how often do you have the chance to celebrate a 100th birthday?

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 Voices - Pursuing Justice
October 26, 2016

In this personal and political post in The Times of Israel, Rabbi Deborah Waxman discusses what's at stake in this presidential election and beyond.

Reconstructionist Voices - Inclusion
August 17, 2016

In a piece for eJewishphilanthropy.com, Rabbi Isaac Saposnik and Rabbi Jacob Lieberman liken the maintaining of an inclusive and safe camp environment to a balance beam routine: Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but you get back on the beam and move forward.

Reconstructionist Voices - Marketing
July 13, 2016

Cyd Weissman interviews the founder of Hot Dudes Reading to glean lessons on marketing, sustainability, and collaboration.

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