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New Materials for Your Welcoming Community
January 24, 2017

We have created a poster that congregations can use to send a clear message of inclusion and welcome.

Profile of a Reconstructionist: The 20th Century through Isadore Seeman’s Eyes
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?

Spirit in Practice: A New Podcast from the Reconstructionist Movement
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.

Statement on Proposed David Friedman Ambassadorship
December 20, 2016

The Reconstructionist movement’s statement on President-Elect Trump’s plan to appoint David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel

Rabbi Deborah Waxman Speaks to Faith Leaders on Solidarity
December 6, 2016

Rabbi Deborah Waxman made this statement to faith leaders during a 11/28/2016 call on “Faith and Solidarity during a time of White Supremacy.”

Statement in Solidarity with the Reform Movement in Israel
November 28, 2016

Our movement responds to recent vandalism of an Israeli Reform synagogue and death threats made against leaders of the Reform movement.

Statement on Fires in Haifa
November 24, 2016

The Reconstructionist Movement expresses solidarity with Israel’s firefighters and emergency rescue services who are working tirelessly to combat the spread of multiple wildfires in the Haifa region.

Statement on White House Appointment of Stephen Bannon
November 14, 2016

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, along with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, urge Trump to reconsider appointment of Stephen Bannon to a senior White House post.

Statement Following the Presidential Election
November 11, 2016

A statement following the Presidential election

Jewish Nasty Women: We must claim our history to repudiate Trump
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.

Statement Condemning UNESCO's Temple Mount Resolution
October 14, 2016

UNESCO’s resolution denying the Jewish history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem flies in the face of scholarship and history and is in no way helpful to the goal of peace.

Statement on October 9th Terrorist Attack
October 10, 2016

A condemnation of the 10/19/16 terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Mourning a Statesman, Peacemaker, and Legend
September 28, 2016

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.

Coming Soon: New Reconstructionist Camp
September 27, 2016

Camp JRF, the Reconstructionist summer camp located in northeast Pennsylvania, has announced plans to open a film and arts-based specialty camp in Southern California. The Foundation for Jewish Camp, as part of its Specialty Camps Incubator, is awarding up to $1.4 million over four years to Camp JRF in order to open a Jewish specialty camp in the Los Angeles area.

Statement on Recent Acts of Violence
September 21, 2016

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

Getting Back on the Balance Beam
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.

How Might We Learn Sustainability from "Hot Dudes Reading?"
July 13, 2016

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

Hevrutahpreneurship: Partnering for Learning and Leading
June 22, 2016

Cyd Weissman interviews a couple who are are successfully leading a startup guided by the Jewish principle of hevrutah, Aramaic for friendship or companionship.

Statement on the Orlando Attack: We Mourn, We Pray
June 14, 2016

In the wake of terror, a call to choose life and reject hate and intolerance.

Spirituality and Mental Health
June 10, 2016

Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D., explains why spirituality can be such an important aspect of mental health.