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Below, you’ll find a list of all news and blog posts on the site in reverse chronological order.

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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.




Explore the New Online Home of Reconstructionist Judaism
August 29, 2017

An overview of the new Jewishrecon.org website.




Innovation 101: Have 100 Coffees
August 29, 2017

Cyd Weissman reports back from the leading edge of Jewish innovation.




Petition Against Fascism
August 18, 2017

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




Keeping the Faith: Resilience in the Jewish Tradition
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.




Response to Charlottesville
August 14, 2017

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. 




An Unforgettable Shabbaton With Long-Lasting Impact
August 8, 2017

Report on Pacific Northwest Shabbaton in May 2017




Embracing Our Sorrows
July 31, 2017

As the mournful day of Tisha B’Av arrives, Rabbi Jacob Staub reflects on the value of embracing our sorrows. 




Embracing our Sorrows
July 31, 2017

As the fast day of Tisha B’Av approaches, Rabbi Jacob Staub asks: why do we harp on sorrowful events that occurred so many centuries ago? The answer lies in the nature of grief.




Interview with Rabbi Toba Spitzer
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.




Statement on July Violence in Israel
July 25, 2017

Statement condemning recent terror attack and addressing Temple Mount violence




How One Interfaith Family Found a Home at Synagogue
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.




Statement on Terror Attack at Entrance to Temple Mount
July 14, 2017

Condemnation of terror attack at the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 




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