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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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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. 




No Success Without Learning To Fail
May 13, 2016

“Fail Forward” is the mantra of entrepreneurs. Take risks. You will fail, guaranteed. Learn from it. Once a little smarter, boldly launch again. Entrepreneurs believe, as Robert Kennedy did, “to achieve greatness, you have to fail greatly.”




Count the Omer with us
May 4, 2016

This year, we’re counting the omer, while featuring the painting Omer 2014 by D’vorah Horn. Follow along on our Instagram and Facebook. We hope you’ll count the omer, and join us on this meditative journey!




Voters Must Act Against Demagoguery
April 24, 2016

RRC President Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., was among the 18,000 people in the audience for Donald Trump’s March 21 speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference. Her response was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer  under the title “Voters Must Act Against Demagoguery.” 




Statement Urging AIPAC to Rescind Donald Trump Invitation
March 17, 2016

A statement from Reconstructionist movement leaders regarding Trump’s invitation to speak at AIPAC.




Honoring the Dead: The Reconstructionist Hevrah Kaddishah of Philadelphia
March 1, 2016

Faculty, staff and students at RRC led a program explaining the Reconstructionist perspective on a traditional pre-burial ritual.




Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom
February 17, 2016

A reflection by Rabbi Deborah Waxman on marriage equality in the US and Israel




Statement on Historic Western Wall Compromise
February 17, 2016

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.

Welcoming the Stranger, Living Our Values
January 26, 2016

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. 




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