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Resolution Affirms Full Inclusion of Transgender, Non-Binary Jews
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.

Jewish Values and Journalistic Ethics
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.

Nothing Neutral About It: Inspired by Reconstructionist Judaism in Switzerland
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.

Dorshei Emet Refugee Family Arrives
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.

Statement on the Israeli Knesset’s Passage of the “Entry Bill”
March 10, 2017

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) and RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities (RRC/JRC) are strongly opposed to and deeply disappointed by the Israeli Knesset’s passage of the “Entry Bill.”

The Cornerstone of a Better World
March 3, 2017

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

Each of us can work to preserve dignity in the public square
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.

Remembering How To Listen: A Reconstructionist Trip to Israel
February 10, 2017

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

Statement on Petach Tikvah Open Market Terrorist Attack
February 9, 2017

RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn today's terrorist attack in an open market in Petach Tikvah that wounded six people.

Statement on Knesset Law that Retroactively Authorizes Settlement Outposts
February 8, 2017

The Reconstructionist movement opposes the Knesset's passage of the Regularization Bill.

Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch
February 1, 2017

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities express grave concerns over the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat left empty by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago. 

Light Through The Cracks
February 1, 2017

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

Just For A Time Like This
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. 

Thinking About the Big Picture: What Congregations Need
January 31, 2017

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

The First Reconstructionist Birthright Journey
January 31, 2017

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

Op-Ed on Trump Refugee Ban and Holocaust Remembrance Statement
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. 

Statement on Terrorist Attack in Quebec
January 30, 2017

We at RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities grieve for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack on worshipers at the Grande Mosquée de Québec.

Politics From The Pulpit: Speaking Publicly About Repairing The World Together
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.

Statement on President Trump's Executive Order Concerning Refugees
January 26, 2017

We are dismayed as President Trump prepares to take action to close the doors to thousands of refugees seeking shelter and relief from the humanitarian crisis in which they find themselves.

American Values, Religious Voices
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.