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Reconstructionist Statement on Trump Announcement Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital
December 6, 2017

Statement on President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Leadership Message - December 2017
December 5, 2017

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

New Camp's Goal: 'Making Intentional Artists and Good Human Beings'
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.

When the Organized World Meets the Rogue World
November 30, 2017

Synagogues engage one-third of the United States’ Jewish population. What role might they take to serve the spiritual, communal and religious needs of the other two-thirds (the majority) who don’t choose synagogue membership as an expression of their Judaism? Cyd Weissberg explores.

Statement on Use of Force Against Reform Leaders at the Kotel
November 17, 2017

We stand in solidarity with the leaders of the Reform movement who were confronted with force by police and Western Wall security personnel as they attempted to carry Torah scrolls to the site.

Ultra-Busy Leader Stops to Gain Perspective
November 15, 2017

How do startup leaders break through the barrage of urgent tasks to reflect and plan? We speak with Avi Deutsch, co-founder and CEO of LAVAN, to learn his secrets.

Choosing to Examine the ‘Chosen People’ Idea
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. 

Statement on Fire at URJ Camp Newman
October 16, 2017

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.

Reconstructing Judaism Funds an Innovative, Spiritual Community Based on Entrepreneurial Model
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.

A Vital Foreign Policy Tool Under Threat
October 9, 2017

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

Statement on Las Vegas Shooting
October 2, 2017

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

How to Avoid Startup Crash and Burn
October 2, 2017

Cyd Weissman interviews Avi Rubel, a successful social entrepreneur, about taking risks when launching a new venture. 

Online Trolling and Yom Kippur
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. 

Statement on the Har Adar Terrorist Attack
September 28, 2017

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

Transformational Leader David Roberts Looks Forward and Back
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.

The Process of Choosing a Jewish Life: One Reconstructionist Leader’s Story
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.

How to Pray
September 20, 2017

How do you pray, anyway? Rabbi Jacob Staub explores this seemingly simple question.

Picture Books Help Families Live Jewish Values
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. 

18 Jewish Holidays: A Journey to Unexpected Places
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.”

Statement on Decision to End Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program
September 6, 2017

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.