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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 - Rosh HaShanah
September 22, 2019

“We accept the responsibility for changing and for changing this world. That is what people need to stay in hope. And without hope, there is no energy for no creative new solutions,” says Rabbi Amy Bernstein in this moving video, Tashlikh Reconstructed.

Reconstructionist Voices - High Holidays
September 20, 2019

The Talmud tells us that God created repentance (teshuvah) before creating the physical world. As Billy Joel once sang, “we’re only human, we’re supposed to make mistakes.” It’s how we respond to mistakes, how we grow, that matters. This video explores the twin themes of teshuvah and gratitude (hakarat hatov.) Our tradition offers us practices that cultivate self-reflection and humility, relationship and repair. We hope these words offer some comfort and guidance as you undergo your own process of teshuvah and, in meaningful relationships with others, make Godliness present in the world.

Reconstructionist Voices - Religious Experience
September 6, 2019

Jonathan Markowitz recounts his narrow escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11, and reflects on God, Judaism and humanity in light of his experience.

Reconstructionist Voices - LGBTQ Inclusion
June 11, 2019

A personal message from Rabbi Deborah Waxman

Reconstructionist Voices - Peoplehood
June 4, 2019

Rabbi Deborah Waxman reflects on the ways in which Reconstructing Judaism is strengthening the ways in which we support and connect Jewish communities traumatized by the recent surge in antisemitic attacks.

Reconstructionist Voices
May 17, 2019

Profile of Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg: her journey, and her contributions to the Reconstructionist movement and to Jewish spiritual life writ large. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Movement Activities
May 10, 2019

In a brief video, Seth Rosen talks about the role Reconstructing Judaism plays in supporting and connecting Reconstructionist communities, and amplifying our collective Reconstructionist voice. Seth Rosen is chair of the board of governors of Reconstructing Judaism.

Reconstructionist Voices - Peoplehood
May 10, 2019

Rabbi Maurice Harris shares the moving story of welcoming new Jews through conversion —on a Reconstructionist beit din in the Netherlands. 

Reconstructionist Voices
April 29, 2019

Can Reconstructionist communities avoid discussing controversial political issues? Seth Rosen argues that despite the challenges, difficult conversations are the only path forward. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Reconstructionism
April 2, 2019

Synagogues are a means, not an end in themselves. But thriving synagogues contribute to Judaism's goal: to create healthy individuals, thriving communities, flourishing Jewish life, interconnected human life and a sustainable planet.

Reconstructionist Voices - Public Square
February 26, 2019

Pluralism is dead. Long live pluralism.

Reconstructionist Voices - Community Learning
February 13, 2019

Learn more about Reconstructionist Educators of North America, a vital resource for professional development, mentorship and connection for Jewish educators in Reconstructionist communities.

Reconstructionist Voices
February 11, 2019

A Camp Havaya alum reflects on the ways that her camp experience shaped her for the better.

Reconstructionist Voices - Disabilities and Inclusion
January 11, 2019

Emet Tauber, a rabbinical student facing terminal illness, devoted his last days to supporting causes and institutions that he values — including affordable and accessible rabbinic education. 

Reconstructionist Voices
January 9, 2019

U.S. Representative Andy Levin is a longtime active member of Reconstructionist congregation T'chiyah in Oak Park, Michigan. This interview explores his deepest commitments, and how he lives them out. 

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.

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