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Public Statements and Positions (By Date)

This page contains statements issued or endorsed by Reconstructionist institutions, grouped by the year and month posted.

A listing grouped by topic is available here.

See also this page of public statements and positions from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Sep 2020

  • Amicus Brief on School Prayer Case (Kennedy Vs. Bremerton School District) (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 18 religious and non-profit organizations signing onto an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Kennedy vs. Bremerton School District, in support of the school district’s efforts to protect students from religious coercion.

  • Letter for Utility Assistance (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined 41 religious and non-profit organizations urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to allocate relief money in order to cover the outstanding utility bills of vulnerable Pennsylvania residents and businesses facing shut-offs.

  • Letter to Senator Romney re: Supreme Court (Government)

    Reconstructing Judaism joined a coalition of faith-based organization urging Senator Mitt Romney to reconsider his support for rushing through President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee with the Presidential election underway. 

Aug 2020

Jul 2020

  • Jewish, Just Green Recovery Letter (Environment)
    • Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are proud to have joined with other Jewish organizations from around the country to call on Congress to pass a just, green COVID stimulus. Our community is still hurting from the economic effects of COVID, and it is important that we take this opportunity to rebuild in a way that make society sustainable and work for everyone. 
  • Interfaith Letter Against Utility Shutoffs (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism joined a letter signed by over 500 faith leaders and organizations, urging a national moratorium on water, electricity, and broadband shutoffs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Against Annexation (Israel)

    We strongly support Senator Chris Van Hollen’s proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which stipulates that US security assistance to Israel cannot be used to implement unilateral annexation in the West Bank.

  • Support Project Rozana (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are encouraging congregations and individuals to support this life-saving fund-raising effort organized by Project Rozana, a well-respected international non-profit organization that is leading a project supported by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to purchase badly needed ventilators for West Bank and Gaza hospitals in light of the current COVID-19 spike in the region, which threatens to overwhelm Palestinian hospital ICUs.

  • Letter Opposing Confirmation of Anthony Tata (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism joined a coalition of civil rights groups to sign a letter opposing the Senate confirmation of Anthony Tata to a central Pentagon post due to his history of bigoted statements and actions. 

  • Amicus Brief Defending California Public Health Measures' Application to Religious Organizations (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined an amicus brief filed by religious and civil rights organizations supporting equal application of public health measures to religious organizations.

Jun 2020

  • 500+ Jewish Organizations and Synagogues say: Black Lives Matter (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among more than 500 Jewish organizations from across the racial and political spectrum; from different streams of Judaism; whose members trace their lineage from countries around the world; speaking with one voice to say that Black Lives Matter.

  • Over 600 Jewish Clergy Call on the Israeli Government to Abandon Plans for Annexing the West Bank (Israel)

    More than 600 rabbis, cantors and seminary students from across the country — including many Reconstructionist rabbis and rabbinic students — have signed on to a public letter warning that the Israeli government’s threatened unilateral annexation in the West Bank “would be a catastrophic mistake…violate human rights, weaken democracy, and make Israelis and Palestinians less secure.”

  • Ten American Jewish Organizations Send Letter to Gantz, Ashkenazi Opposing Annexation (Israel)

    Members of the Progressive Israel Network penned the following letter to Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi opposing annexation.

  • Amicus Brief Opposing Coerced Attendance at Religious Services (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined an array of interfaith groups in an amicus brief opposing mandatory attendance at religious services as a condition of parole. Forced religious indoctrination is a violation of religious liberty.

  • Amicus Brief Opposing Special Religious Exemptions to Generally Applicable Public Health Measures (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined an amicus brief filed by religious and civil rights organizations opposing special religious exemptions to generally applicable public health measures. 

  • Jewish Clergy Letter in Support of Right to Protest (Civil Society)

    Reconstructionist leaders were among 800 Jewish clergy from across the Jewish spectrum signing a letter in support of the fundamental right to peaceful protest. 

  • Jewish And Pro-Israel Organizations Must Not Tolerate The Bigotry Of ZOA’s Morton Klein (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    As progressive pro-Israel organizations and members of the American Jewish community, we are appalled and outraged by the bigotry and hatred expressed and promoted by Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), at this painful and important moment of reckoning for our country. Klein’s latest outbursts and long track record of bigotry should make him unwelcome in any mainstream Jewish communal spaces and should lead to his expulsion from organizational umbrella groups such as the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. 

  • Standing Up for Racial Justice and Against Racial Violence (Crisis Response)

    The murder of George Floyd is a blatant display of the systemic racism built into the fabric of American society. To our black and brown siblings: your lives matter. We support non-violent protest to build a more just and equitable world for all people. Let our anger and our love lift us up into a better tomorrow.

May 2020

Apr 2020

  • Faith Groups Urge Prisons to Protect Religious Needs During COVID-19 and Ramadan (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined a group of 20 faith groups urging federal and state prison systems to accommodate the religious needs of all prisoners and avoid using the coronavirus crisis to restrict their constitutional right to worship, particularly drawing attention to the needs of Muslim prisoners with Ramadan projected to begin on April 24. The full letter is attached.

  • Joint Statement of Solidarity by Jewish Communal Organizations (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were about 180 Jewish communal organizations issuing a statement urging our political leaders and all our fellow Americans to treat this public health crisis as a moment for kindness and solidarity, and to make extra efforts to reach towards one another in support, not look to blame or scapegoat.

Mar 2020

Feb 2020

  • Statement on New Settlement Expansion Announcements (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are alarmed by the Netanyahu government’s recent announcement that seeks to expand settlements in a way that would cut through Palestinian population centers and deny contiguity to a future Palestinian state. Previous Republican and Democratic US administrations have rejected similar plans with good reason. We call on the Netanyahu government to cancel these plans, and we call on all American Jewish organizations that support a two-state solution to join in this urgent message. We continue to oppose unilateral territorial annexation on the part of the Israeli government, and we remain committed to a just, democratic, and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians within a framework of two states for two peoples.

  • Please Join in the National Refugee Shabbat (Immigration and Refugees)

    We urge every Reconstructionist community to stand with Dor Hadash and HIAS this coming March by participating in National Refugee Shabbat. In this way, we act on our values and gain strength from each other to create the world in which we want to live.

  • Letter Opposing Racial Profiling of Pregnant People Seeking to Enter U.S. (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 156 signatories to join a letter from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, calling on Secretary Pompeo to end the US policy targeting pregnant people of color and making it harder for them to travel and visit their families.

Jan 2020

  • Amicus Brief Opposing Religious Exemption to Antidiscrimination Law: Chelsea Nelson Photography (LGBTQ)

    We have joined a brief opposing a religious exemption to an antidiscrimination law protecting LGBTQ people. Based on our belief in the importance of the separation of church and state, as well as our understanding of Jewish teachings that every human being is created in the divine image, we have long advocated for public policies of inclusion, antidiscrimination, and equality.

  • Statement on Trump Proposal on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Israel)

    For decades Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association have advocated for a negotiated, two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on security, dignity, human rights, and freedom for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

  • Interfaith Amicus Brief Opposing Indefinite Detention of Immigrant Families (Immigration and Refugees)

    We join more than 40 faith and interfaith organizations to oppose new Trump administration regulations that would authorize indefinite detention of families with children during the course of their immigration proceedings.

  • Letter from Jewish Rohingya Justice Network to Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined a letter urging the U.S. Senate to take up and pass the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2019 (S. 1186).

  • Interfaith Open Letter: Stephen Miller Must Resign (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    As a diverse coalition of interfaith partners dedicated to moral and humane immigration policies, we demand the immediate resignation of White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller. We believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity, regardless of their immigration status. Our varied faith traditions mandate us to welcome the stranger, love each other, and protect the most vulnerable among us.

  • Amicus Brief Opposing Overbroad Exemptions to ACA Contraception Mandate (Reproductive Freedom)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined Americans United, ADL, and a variety of other religious and civil liberties organizations in an amicus brief opposing overbroad accomodation of employers refusing to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s requirements regarding contraception coverage. The U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause forbids the government to shift the costs and burdens of objectors’ religious beliefs onto third parties, and an accommodation without a demonstrated substantial burden on religion is an unconstitutional religious preference. 

Dec 2019

  • Statement on Hanukkah Antisemitic Attacks (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are heartsick once again to learn of the recent spate of antisemitic attacks against members of the New York Jewish community.

  • Progressive Israel Network Commends Passage of House Resolution 326 Opposing Annexation, Supporting Two-State Solution (Israel)

    As leading progressive pro-Israel organizations in the American Jewish community, we commend the House of Representatives for passing House Resolution 326. This landmark resolution, which reaffirms support for a two-state solution, marks the first time the House has formally opposed unilateral Israeli annexation of the West Bank and asserted longstanding US opposition to settlements.

  • Statement Against Cut in Nutritional Aid (Civil Society)

    Hunger is not a political tool to be played with. Food security is a human right. Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association join our friends at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger in denouncing the Trump Administration’s final rule to strip nutritional benefits for nearly 700,000 food-insecure Americans.

Nov 2019

  • US Jewish Movements: President Trump Must Fire Stephen Miller (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    As entities who represent a broad diversity of American Jewish life, we share a deep concern about White House advisor Stephen Miller’s support for white supremacist ideology and the disturbing ways in which his dangerous views have influenced U.S. immigration policy.  Such views have no place in the White House or as a basis of American policy.

  • Response to US Policy Shift on Settlement Legality (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are disappointed by and strongly oppose the recent policy statement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring that the U.S. no longer views Israeli West Bank settlements as inconsistent with international law.

  • Interfaith Letter in Support of Title X Funding (Reproductive Freedom)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined an interfaith letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging them to block implementation of the proposed “gag rule” affecting the Title X family planning program. 

  • Amicus Brief Opposing Forcing States to Fund Religious Education (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism joined an amicus curiae brief arguing against forcing states to fund religious education in violation of state constitutional provisions that are designed to protect the independence of religious groups.

  • Statement on Recent Rocket Attacks on Israel (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the 300 rockets indiscriminately launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip over the past few days.

  • Letter to Israeli Political Leadership Opposing Annexation (Israel)

    As heads of American Jewish organizations who care deeply about the State of Israel and are committed to safeguarding its future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people, we implore you to consider the costs of any unilateral annexations in the West Bank, and ask that you refuse to support annexation as a policy guideline for any government that your party may join.

Oct 2019

Sep 2019

Aug 2019

  • Brief Asking Federal Court to Reverse Ruling Allowing Strip Searches of Female Inmates As Training Exercise (Criminal Justice)

    We ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to re-hear and reverse a ruling that found that staff at an Illinois prison did not violate the Constitution when they forced female inmates to engage in a deeply humiliating and dehumanizing strip search as part of a training exercise. The ruling “opens the door to other violation of prisoners’ First Amendement religious freedom rights and protections.”

  • Statement by Congregation Dor Hadash on Justice Department Decision to Seek Death Penalty (Death Penalty)

    Yesterday, we learned that the U.S. Justice Department will seek the death penalty against the suspected shooter in the 2018 mass shooting that devastated three congregations and rocked the entire North American Jewish community. Reconstructing Judaism is proud to share this moving statement from our Pittsburgh affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash. And we note that Jewish tradition is weighted heavily against the use of the death penalty.

  • Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Letter to Under Secretary Mandelker (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association have joined with 18 organizations, representing the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network, in calling for justice and accountability for the Rohingya people and all ethnic minorities in Burma.

  • Statement on Israeli Government Decision to Bar Entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association strongly oppose the decision of the Government of Israel to deny entry into Israel to U.S. Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

  • Statement on Violence Against Jewish Protesters at ICE Detention Center (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the violence committed against peaceful protestors at the entrance to an ICE detention center in Rhode Island.

  • Joint Letter on Refugee Policy (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association have joined with 166 Jewish organizations and institutions in urging the United States to return to historic numbers for refugee resettlement. “The United States has historically distinguished itself as a beacon of hope and as a safe haven for those who most need it… Resettling zero refugees in the U.S. in FY2020 would effectively gut the refugee resettlement program, violate our values as Jews and Americans, and abdicate the American promise of freedom and opportunity.”

  • Statement on El Paso and Dayton Attacks (Gun Violence)

    While raising our voices in prayer and condolences for the victims of this latest mass-shooting, we also raise our voices to call for the enactment and enforcement of reasonable gun laws throughout this country that would help prevent such tragedies. 

Jul 2019

  • Rabbi Deborah Waxman co-authors op-ed on xenophobic dangers and democratic hopes in Israel and U.S. (Israel)

    These demagogues sow fear and stoke racial tension. They promote an exclusivist, chauvinist white nationalism. But they will not win. Jewish history teaches us that tyranny cannot sustain itself. From Pharaoh to the Roman Emperors to the monarchs who expelled us from multiple parts of Europe, Jews have outlasted the tyrants who have sought our destruction. And we American Jews know that the only way for the Israel-America friendship to survive — and not be tossed out along with these demagogues — is to center our democratic values.

  • Letter in Opposition to "US Commission on Unalienable Rights" (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism joined 430 human rights, civil rights, faith, and professional organizations, leaders, and scholars in an open letter expressing deep concern about the State Department’s recently announced Commission on Unalienable Rights. The signers object to the Commission’s stated purpose, which they believe is harmful to the global effort to protect the rights of all peopl

Jun 2019

  • New Progressive Israel Network Launched By Ten Leading Jewish Organizations (Israel)

    Today, ten leading organizations representing Americans who are committed to pursuing democracy, equality and peace in Israel announced the launch of the Progressive Israel Network. The new coalition will provide a strong, unified voice in support of its members’ common goals: democracy and equal rights, religious freedom and pluralism, and a two-state solution that would secure a peaceful future for Israel and end the 52-year-long occupation.

  • Endorsement of House Resolution in Support of Two-State Solution (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism joins nine other Jewish organizations in endorsing House Resolution 326, which reaffirms longstanding bipartisan support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposes any US actions that would encourage or endorse unilateral Israeli annexations in the West Bank. 

May 2019

  • Letter Opposing Rollback of Predatory Lending Protections (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assocation were among seventeen Jewish organizations writing to the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau in opposition to an administration proposal to rescind protections against predatory lending.

  • Statement Supporting Equality Act (LGBTQ)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assocation were among 15 national Jewish organizations writing Congress in support of  the Equality Act (H.R. 5). Driven by our Jewish values, we are committed to supporting laws that protect the civil rights and individual liberties of all people. The Equality Act is a significant step forward for the LGBTQ community, and we urge Congress to swiftly pass this important bill.

  • Resolution on Rohingya Genocide (Peace and War)

    In May of 2019, the board of Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association adopted this resolution condemining genocide of the Rohingya people of Burma and urging action.

  • Letter to New York Times Regarding Antisemitic Cartoon (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism was a signatory to a letter that the the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) sent to the New York Times Executive Editor condemning the Antisemitic cartoon published on April 25, 2019, and urging tangible steps to ensure that such inflammatory material will not be published in the future.

Apr 2019

  • Letter to Tennessee Legislation on Child Welfare (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were signatories to a letter objecting to the Tennessee legislature’s proposed legislation that would allow federally funded foster care and adoption agencies to practice taxpayer-funded religious discrimination against potential adoptive and foster parents.

  • Statement on Shooting at Chabad of Poway (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association send our deepest condolences and wishes of refu’ah shlaymah — full and complete healing — to all who were affected by the shooting at Chabad of Poway, California.

  • Statement on Easter Sunday Bombings in Sri Lanka (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are shocked by and condemn the terrorist attacks carried out on Easter Sunday at multiple churches and other locations in Sri Lanka. With broken hearts, we stand in solidarity with the Christian communities of Sri Lanka, and with people in grief and shock around the world.

  • Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Supports Bipartisan Legislation on Burma (Crisis Response)

    The American Jewish community stands united against the genocide of the Rohingya people and the persecution of all ethnic minorities in Burma. We applaud the bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate for their moral courage and leadership in introducing powerful legislation that would authorize humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and hold the Burmese military officials responsible for this persecution accountable.

  • Letter in support of the Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among more than 300 organizations to support the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943). The attached letter, sent to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, urges the swift passage of the bill, which uses public funding and private donations to provide teachers with resources and training on lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of bigotry and hate.

Mar 2019

  • Letter opposing nomination of Ronald Mortensen (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among sixteen national Jewish organizations signing onto a letter of opposition to the nomination of Ronald Mortensen, an anti-immigrant extremist, as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

  • Statement Opposing Restrictions on Food Aid (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism joined 35 national faith-based organizations in a statement opposing attempts to restrict states from providing food aid to the hungry.

  • Statement on New Zealand Mosque Attacks (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are horrified by and condemn the terrorist attacks carried out this morning against Muslims in New Zealand. Our hearts are broken and we are shaken. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim communities of the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and all who are in shock, grief, and fear everywhere as a result of this devastating news.

  • Amicus Brief Affirming Boston Policy Against Endorsing Religious Symbols (Pluralism)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief filed by Americans United in the case of Shurtleff vs. City of Boston,  urging a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of Boston’s policy against flying religious flags in front of City Hall due to such an act’s violation of the Establishment Clause. 

  • Invitation to Support Israelis Opposing Kahanists in Knesset (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism invites communities to show solidarity with thousands of Israelis who are taking action to try to prevent Kahanists from being allowed to enter the Knesset.

Feb 2019

  • Kahanists are a Danger to Israelis and Israeli Democracy (Israel)

    We call on our colleagues in the American Jewish community and Jewish organizations to stand for democracy and equality and join us in affirming that Kahanists have no place in the Knesset.

  • Letter on Religious Discrimination in Foster Care (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined more than 100 organizations in protest of the recent decision to exempt federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina from federal religious nondiscrimination protections.

  • Letter Opposing Repeal of Johnson Amendment (April 2019) (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 131 organizations sending a letter to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committes, urging them not to repeal or weaken the “Johnson Amendment” that currently ensures that tax-exempt organizations do not support or oppose candidates for political office.

Jan 2019

Dec 2018

  • Letter Opposing Repeal of Johnson Amendment (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 109 organizations sending a letter to the House of Representatives, urging them not to repeal or weaken the “Johnson Amendment” that currently ensures that tax-exempt organizations do not support or oppose candidates for political office.

  • Statement on Recent Events in Israel (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn and are saddened by the recent terror attacks by Palestinian extremists against Israeli soldiers, police and civilians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

  • Letter Opposing Plans to Adopt Legal Definition of Sex (LGBTQ)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among sixteen national Jewish organizations expressing opposition to a proposed restrictive legal definition of sex that would effectively define out of existence the gender identities of millions of people.

Oct 2018

  • Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the devastating losses that a white nationalist domestic terrorist inflicted upon the Jewish community this past Shabbat morning at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. Included among the dead and wounded are members of our affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash, which meets there.

  • Responding to Today's Tragedy (Crisis Response)

    All of us at Reconstructing Judaism are still processing the shock, grief and heartbreak of the shooting that took place in Pittsburgh at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation, which is also the home of our Reconstructionist affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash.

  • Initial Statement on the Pittsburgh Shootings (Crisis Response)

    We are shocked and horrified by the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Our hearts, support and condolences go out to the community members of the Tree Of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation, to the community members of our affiliated congregation, Congregation Dor Hadash, who were meeting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and to the people of Pittsburgh.

  • Statement Opposing Trump Plan to Curtail Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People (LGBTQ)

    We lift our collective voices in support of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people — our loved ones, our community leaders, and people across the globe.

  • Statement on October 7th Terrorist Attack (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the terrorist attack that killed two Israeli civilians. Terrorism is never justified and will not help end the Occupation of the West Bank, nor will it pave the way to a lasting, fair peace agreement. May those who work for peace, justice, and reconciliation throughout the region be strengthened in their work and their ideals.  

Sep 2018

  • Response to Murder of Ari Fuld (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian youth that killed Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli father of four, at the Etzion junction in the West Bank.

Aug 2018

  • Jewish Communal Letter on Refugee Admissions (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the 36 Jewish organizations that signed onto a letter urging President Trump to support a safe and strong U.S. refugee admissions program that represents the best of America.

Jul 2018

  • Statement on Israel's Passage of Nation State Law (Israel)

    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.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding Human Rights in Burma (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism is among 46 organizations signing onto a letter of concern by Human Rights Watch about Burma’s human rights record, addressed to the US House and Senate Armed Services Committees. 

Jun 2018

  • Joint Statement on Immigration (Immigration and Refugees)

    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.

  • Jewish Letter on Family Separation (Immigration and Refugees)

    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.

May 2018

  • Amicus brief in California vs. Azar (Reproductive Freedom)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association signed onto an amicus curiae brief challenging religious organizations’ claim to be exempt from from providing, and empowered  to block access to, women’s contraceptive services for their employees. Reconstructing Judaism believes both in the importance of the separation of church and state and that the reproductive rights of women must be preserved and protected.

  • Joint Letter Urging Secretary of State to Fill Anti-Semitism Special Envoy Position (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the organizational signatories of a letter directed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to fill the vacant position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. 

  • Statement on Recent Events in Israel and Gaza (Israel)

    A statement from Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Apr 2018

  • Statement on Nashville and Toronto (Crisis Response)

    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?

  • National Jewish Group Letter supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the 55 national Jewish groups joining together in a letter to Senate leaders opposing the House-passed ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), legislation which would turn back the clock on the civil rights of people with disabilities by weakening the 28-year old Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Responding to Recent Events Involving Israel’s African Asylum Seekers (Israel)

    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.

  • An Open Letter Concerning the Safety and Future of African Asylum Seekers (Israel)

    In an open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reconstructing Judaism and the other undersigned organizations urge him to pursue a humane solution for the 39,000 asylum seekers currently within Israel’s borders.

  • Response to Recent Violence on Gaza Border (Israel)

    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.

Feb 2018

  • Response to Parkland, Florida Shooting (Gun Violence)

    Statement in response to the Parkland, Florida shooting. While raising our voices in prayer and condolences for the victims of violence, we also raise our voices to call for the enactment and enforcement of reasonable gun laws throughout this country that would prevent such tragedies.

  • Jewish Support for Dreamers: A Self-Evident Truth (Immigration and Refugees)

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

Jan 2018

  • Letter Urging Israel to Halt Deportation of Asylum-Seekers (Israel)

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the early signatories of this letter urging the Israeli government to stop the deportations of asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have sought refuge in Israel.

  • Amicus Brief Supporting Unions (Government)

    Reconstructionist organizations joined an amicus curiae brief by religious organizations in support of the rights of unions. 

  • Joint Statement on Recent Abbas Speech (Israel)

    We strongly condemn the recent public remarks made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which contribute to undermining prospects for a viable peace process.

  • National Jewish Letter on DREAM Act (Immigration and Refugees)

    RRC/JRC signed onto a letter urging members of Congress to support the bipartisan DREAM Act.

  • Statement on Israeli Government Blacklist (Israel)

    Statement expressing disappointment in Israeli government’s viewpoint-based blacklist on entry into Israel

  • Open Letter on Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (Crisis Response)

    In the face of unconscionable atrocities against the Rohingya people by the Burmese military, RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities joined a broad coalition of organizations from across the Jewish community to press for the immediate passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017.

Dec 2017

Nov 2017

Oct 2017

  • Joint Filing Opposing Anti-LGBTQ Religious Exemptions in Supreme Court Case (LGBTQ)

    Reconstructionist leaders joined an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, urging against religiously-based exemptions to anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

  • Statement on Fire at URJ Camp Newman (Crisis Response)

    Last week, amidst the tragic loss of life and widespread devastation from the ongoing wildfires in Northern California, we learned the heartbreaking news that much of URJ Camp Newman was destroyed by the fires. Together with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, all of us at Camp Havaya and Havaya Arts send our love and support as the community now works to rebuild.

  • Letter in Support of OFF (Off Fossil Fuels) Act (Environment)

    RRC/JRC signed onto a letter urging members of Congress to support HR-3671, “Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act.”

  • Statement on Las Vegas Shooting (Gun Violence)

    Response to the violent shooting in Las Vegas that so far has ended 58 human lives and injured hundreds more.

Sep 2017

  • Statement on the Har Adar Terrorist Attack (Israel)

    RRC / Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the terrorist attack that took place in the West Bank settlement of Har Adar.

  • Statement on Decision to End Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (Immigration and Refugees)

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities are strongly opposed to President Trump’s recently announced decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals or DACA and put the lives of over 800,000 young people in America at risk.

Aug 2017

  • Statement by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association on Foregoing Annual High Holy Day Call with Trump (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    The RRA and America’s other leading rabbinic organizations have decided, in light of  President Trump’s statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville, so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred, that we cannot organize a rabbinic call with the president this year. 

  • Petition Against Fascism (Crisis Response)

    A petition to the elected leadership of our country to take steps to stop the spread of fascism.

  • Faith Voices Letter in Support of Keeping Houses of Worship Non-Partisan (Civil Society)

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the more than 4000 signatories to a letter urging the U.S. Senate not to repeal or weaken current law that prevents tax-exempt religious organizations from partisan political endorsements.

  • Response to Charlottesville (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    We condemn in the strongest terms the white supremacist groups that gathered in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend to promote racism, anti-Semitism, and other ideologies of bigotry, and we mourn with the families of the murdered protestor and of the law enforcement officials who were killed in the line of duty. 

Jul 2017

Jun 2017

  • Statement on Cancellation of Western Wall Agreement (Israel)

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities jointly condemn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to cancel an agreement that would have allowed for mixed and egalitarian prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  

  • Statement on June 14 Shooting (Crisis Response)

    We are deeply shocked by the shooting that targeted members of Congress and others. We fear that guns and bullets are replacing speech and debate, and we know that all those who believe in democracy and human dignity will not allow that to happen.

  • Public Letter on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord (Environment)

    Letter from American Jewish groups in response to the announced withdrawal from the Paris climate accord

  • Public Letter on Anti-Muslim Marches (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructionist leaders joined other faith leaders in a letter from Shoulder to Shoulder speaking out against anti-Muslim behavior. Shoulder to Shoulder is a coalition of 32 religious denominations and organizations committed to standing with American Muslims to uphold American values.

May 2017

  • Statement on Terrorist Attacks (Crisis Response)

    Statement on terrorist attacks on Egyptian Coptic Christians in May 2017

  • Joint Letter Opposing H2431 ("SAFE Act") (Immigration and Refugees)

    RRC and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities were among nearly 200 local and national organizations to sign this joint letter asking House Judiciary Committee members to oppose H.R. 2431 as a draconian measure that would criminalize undocumented immigrants and undermine due process protections. 

  • Joint Statement on Israel Conversion Bill (Israel)

    RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities joined a statement strongly opposing a bill proposed by Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, which would nullify Israel’s recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel, as well as overturn Israel’s High Court ruling requiring the Ministry to recognize Orthodox conversions performed by private rabbinic courts.

  • Joint Letter Urging Support for Haitians at Risk of Deportation (Immigration and Refugees)

    RRC/JRC joined more than 400 faith leaders and organizations in this letter urging Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to extend Haitian refugees’ Temporary Protected Status.

Apr 2017

Mar 2017

Feb 2017

Jan 2017

Dec 2016

Nov 2016

Oct 2016

Sep 2016

  • Mourning a Statesman, Peacemaker, and Legend (Israel)

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the loss of Shimon Peres, z’l, one of the most important and influential founders and shapers of the State of Israel.

  • Joint Letter Urging Vote on Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (Crisis Response)

    Joint letter from Jewish organizations and rabbis urging action to protect Syrian civilians

  • Statement on Recent Acts of Violence (Crisis Response)

    The leadership of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims and families of the frightening acts of violence that have shaken several of our cities this weekend

Jul 2016

Jun 2016

Mar 2016

Feb 2016

  • Statement on Historic Western Wall Compromise (Israel)
    he Reconstructionist movement is overjoyed that on Jan 31, 2016, the Israeli cabinet voted to dramatically expand the space for egalitarian prayer at the Kotel. This is a blessed and welcome decision.

Jan 2016

  • Welcoming the Stranger, Living Our Values (Immigration and Refugees)

    In an op-ed piece in Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., compellingly argues in favor of a robust and compassionate refugee program. 

Oct 2015

  • Joint Letter Supporting EACH Woman Act (Reproductive Freedom)

    Joint letter from 20 American Jewish organizations and communities supporting the EACH Woman Act to end bans on abortion coverage.

Aug 2015

Jun 2015

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