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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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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.” 




Lisa Colton, Master of the Entrepreneurial Sashay
March 31, 2016

To thrive in changing times, Lisa Colton, founder and President of Darim Online, elegantly demonstrates the “two-step” of entrepreneurial leadership.




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.




Going the Way of Profit
March 3, 2016

Launching a Jewish start-up? Todd Shotz says there are signficant advantages to going the way of a for-profit company.




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




Fundraising: Not Rocket Science
February 17, 2016

Learning fundraising on the fly is actually possible, according to Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Executive Director of Mechon Hadar.




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.

Stay Strong for your Startup
February 9, 2016

Rabbi Sara Luria says there are four things you can do to stay strong in the early days of a startup.




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. 




Adapt (Not Just Adopt): A Conversation with Hebrew University Professor Jonathan Mirvis about Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship for Jewish Education
January 19, 2016

Do we adopt “entrepreneurial ideas” wholesale, or tinker with them to reflect on our projects of social value? Cyd Weissman interviews Hebrew University professor, Jonathan Mirvis to find out.




Hope and the New Zionism
January 4, 2016

Adina Newberg sees the ideals of Israel’s Declaration of Independence under increasing pressure, but also acted out by community leaders.




Lights in the Darkness
December 11, 2015

Writing from Israeli during a tense period, Adina Newberg reflects on Hanukkah’s imagery of light in the darkness.




A Light Gone Dim
December 7, 2015

Words of remembrance and appreciation on the loss of Israeli leader Yossi Sarid




Flight to Tel Aviv
December 3, 2015

Adina Newberg, an Israeli-American, describes the inner transition that comes with travelling between her two homelands. 




Statement on Summer 2015 Violence in Israel
August 4, 2015

Statement addressing knife attack on Jerusalem LGBTQ parade and arson attack on Palestinian family. 




Statement Responding to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
June 30, 2015

The Reconstructionist movement celebrates the Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, ruling marriage equality for our country




Twelve Things I Learned About Islam and Muslim Americans
April 13, 2015

In this essay from the spring of 2015, Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer shares her initial misconceptions about Islam and what she’s learned since. She is Director for Multifaith Studies and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.




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