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Keeping Judaism Alive Behind Prison Walls
February 28, 2018

Serving Jewish prisoners in state prison, rabbinic students find new perspectives on freedom and responsibility.

Response to Parkland, Florida Shooting
February 15, 2018

Statement in response to the Parkland, Florida shooting. While raising our voices in prayer and condolences for the victims of violence, we also raise our voices to call for the enactment and enforcement of reasonable gun laws throughout this country that would prevent such tragedies.

Jewish Support for Dreamers: A Self-Evident Truth
February 7, 2018

We call on our elected officials to allow Dreamers to remain in the United States and provide a path to citizenship.

Building Jewish Communities: Opportunity and Obligation
February 5, 2018

What does it mean to build the Jewish communities in which we live? Seth Rosen reflects on the opportunity and obligation posed by this charge.

About Our New Name
January 30, 2018

We’re changing our name to Reconstructing Judaism. Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, explains why.

Who We Are and What We Do
January 30, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism: Who we are and what we do. 

Women Rabbis Respond to #MeToo
January 25, 2018

RRC faculty address sexual harassment in Jewish organizations, including harassment of women rabbis. 

Let My People Stay: Jews Demand a Dream Act Now
January 24, 2018

Eighty-six Jewish activists, including six Reconstructionist rabbis, were arrested in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17 in a bold act of civil disobedience in solidarity with more than 800,000 Dreamers.

Joint Statement on Recent Abbas Speech
January 18, 2018

We strongly condemn the recent public remarks made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which contribute to undermining prospects for a viable peace process.

Wine, Not Whine, Your Way to Millennial Engagement
January 16, 2018

Ross Berkowitz discusses designing Jewish engagement experiences for Millennials.

Statement on Israeli Government Blacklist
January 9, 2018

Statement expressing disappointment in Israeli government’s viewpoint-based blacklist on entry into Israel

Movement Update from Rabbi Deborah Waxman
January 9, 2018

Reflections on the state of Reconstructionist Judaism as 2018 begins.

Fighting Fires All Part of a Life of Service
January 8, 2018

Rabbi Howard Cohen, who serves both as a rabbi and a volunteer firefighter, describes how his overlapping spheres provide richness and balance. 

Striving Towards Racial Justice in our Jewish Communities
January 7, 2018

Reflections on the recent Jewish Social Justice roundtable meeting on racial justice and equity.

B’tselem Elohim: Jewish Ethics, Sexual Harassment and the Workplace of the Future
December 18, 2017

Reconstructionist leaders call for institutional reform and lasting change in the wake of the #metoo campaign.

Reconstructionist Statement on Trump Announcement Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital
December 6, 2017

Statement on President Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Leadership Message - December 2017
December 5, 2017

Board chair Seth Rosen lays out his plans for the development of the Reconstructionist movement.

New Camp's Goal: 'Making Intentional Artists and Good Human Beings'
December 5, 2017

At Camp Havaya Arts, opening this summer in Redlands, California, campers will be nurtured as they explore for themselves what it means to live a Jewish life through the prism of the arts.

When the Organized World Meets the Rogue World
November 30, 2017

Synagogues engage one-third of the United States’ Jewish population. What role might they take to serve the spiritual, communal and religious needs of the other two-thirds (the majority) who don’t choose synagogue membership as an expression of their Judaism? Cyd Weissberg explores.