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Reconstructing Judaism Today

Items from the Reconstructing Judaism Today Newsletter

Reconstructionist News - Pursuing Justice
July 15, 2019

Rooted in the Jewish textual tradition and lived experience, Reconstructionist communities are aiding immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through direct service, education and advocacy.

Reconstructing Judaism Today
June 7, 2019

As more and more places of worship become vulnerable to hate crimes and gun violence and we increase security measures, young people are particularly traumatized. One congregation has created a mental health and resilience curriculum for its students. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Peoplehood
June 4, 2019

Rabbi Deborah Waxman reflects on the ways in which Reconstructing Judaism is strengthening the ways in which we support and connect Jewish communities traumatized by the recent surge in antisemitic attacks.

Reconstructionist Voices
May 17, 2019

Profile of Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg: her journey, and her contributions to the Reconstructionist movement and to Jewish spiritual life writ large. 

Reconstructionist Voices - Peoplehood
May 10, 2019

Rabbi Maurice Harris shares the moving story of welcoming new Jews through conversion —on a Reconstructionist beit din in the Netherlands. 

Reconstructionist News - Pursuing Justice
April 25, 2019

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman's vision of a synagogue: a community that sustains itself through prayer and Torah, while also "trying to be a powerful force for making change in the world.”

Reconstructionist Voices - Reconstructionism
April 2, 2019

Synagogues are a means, not an end in themselves. But thriving synagogues contribute to Judaism's goal: to create healthy individuals, thriving communities, flourishing Jewish life, interconnected human life and a sustainable planet.

Reconstructing Judaism Today
February 26, 2019

Seth Rosen reflects on the successes of our 2018 convention and shares plans to build on it to strengthen our communities and movement.

Reconstructionist Voices - Community Learning
February 13, 2019

Learn more about Reconstructionist Educators of North America, a vital resource for professional development, mentorship and connection for Jewish educators in Reconstructionist communities.

Reconstructionist News
February 1, 2019

Through Evolve, we we provide deep, thoughtful, challenging materials to rabbis, professionals and educated laypeople, and provide forums for discussing and reflecting on these materials with respect.

Newsletters - Movement Activities
January 2, 2019

Two months after the attack at Pittsburgh congregation Dor Hadash, we revisit the community.

Leadership Brief - Movement Activities
December 17, 2018

The Joint Israel Commission gathered in person at the Reconstructing Judaism convention. Rabbi Maurice Harris reports on their activities and next steps. 

Reconstructionist News
November 7, 2018

Reconstructionist congregation Dor Hadash was one of the groups in the crosshairs of the horrific Pittsburgh shooting attack. We recount the unique qualities of this vibrant community, the trauma they've undergone, and the values they continue to uphold.  

Reconstructionist News
November 7, 2018

A selection of articles, essays and statements on the tragic events in Pittsburgh. 

Reconstructionist Voices
November 6, 2018

We deeply believe in holy conversation. It is essential and urgent. We know Reconstructionists are good at it. We want to maintain this strength and deepen it, and to model it for the wider community. We hope that you agree and will join us.

Reconstructionist Voices - Reconstructionism
October 26, 2018

Two November events loom as I write this column: the mid-term elections on November 6, and the first Reconstructionist movement-wide convention in a decade, a week later.  The first admittedly will have far more impact on the world than the latter, but they are linked in my mind for one important reason: movements matter.

Reconstructionist News
September 26, 2018

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, RRC ’74, knows what it means to make history. Her newest children’s book, Regina Persisted: An Untold Story, reclaims a story lost to history. The book also provides adults and children a portrait of a strong woman driven by her love of Judaism.

Reconstructionist Voices - Pursuing Justice
August 27, 2018

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, reports on her participation in the national leadership mission to the San Diego-Tijuana border organized by HIAS and the Anti-Defamation League.

Reconstructing Judaism Today - Music
August 15, 2018

The musical services at Congregation Bet Haverim are a phenomenon. This November, a contingent of more than 30 members of Bet Haverim’s chorus and band will be featured at the Reconstructing Judaism 2018 Convention in Philadelphia.

Reconstructionist News - Ethics and Values
August 6, 2018

As we continue to develop new ways to build community across time and distance, we must also continue to find ways to “be there” for one another.

Reconstructing Judaism Today
August 6, 2018

Board president Seth Rosen reflects on the power of being together in the same place. 

Reconstructionist News - Pursuing Justice
July 2, 2018

The RRA recently became a partner of the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC). In the last two weeks the PPC has coordinated rallies and acts of civil disobedience in over 30 state capitals, including the participation of over 15 RRA members. 

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
July 2, 2018

Belonging connects us to something larger than our own individual experience. I belong to the Jewish people because claiming this connection enters me into a millennia-old conversation and joins me into community both vertical—all those who came before me and all those who follow—and horizontal—the Jews of today, in all our diversity.

Reconstructionist News - Disabilities and Inclusion
June 28, 2018

With a welcoming ethos and a drive to break down barriers, Reconstructionist congregations and havurot have been part of a revolution that’s taken place in the public awareness of the importance of disability inclusion and related services.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
June 1, 2018

The Aviv Revolving Loan Fund is one way that Reconstructing Judaism is marshaling its resources to strengthen affiliated communities and foster innovation.

Reconstructionist News - Israel
April 23, 2018

When we began our Israel journey together in Tel Aviv on March 7th, we were 25 people representing 11 Reconstructionist communities who travelled there on the promise to go places and meet people that even veteran Israel travelers hadn’t visited or met. And on that promise, the Reconstructing Judaism Israel Mission Trip delivered.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
April 9, 2018

Why belong to the Jewish people? Why belong to a synagogue? Why belong to the Reconstructionist movement? These are some of the most important questions that I am asked and that I, along with all of us at Reconstructing Judaism, strive to answer powerfully and convincingly.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
March 6, 2018

Though we count time Jewishly, by any consideration the secular year 2018 is an exciting year for the Reconstructionist movement.

Reconstructionist News - Ritual and Liturgy
March 6, 2018

The story of Temple Emmanuel's ongoing exploration of Reconstructionist liturgy, and the rich conversations the process has opened up.

Reconstructionist News
February 28, 2018

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

Reconstructionist News
February 21, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism welcomes Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon.

Reconstructing Judaism Today
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.

Reconstructing Judaism Today - Pursuing Justice
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.

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
January 9, 2018

Reflections on the state of Reconstructionist Judaism as 2018 begins.

Reconstructionist News
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. 

Reconstructionist News - Pursuing Justice
January 7, 2018

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

Reconstructionist News
December 5, 2017

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

Reconstructionist News - Movement Activities
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.

EdgeBlog
November 15, 2017

How do startup leaders break through the barrage of urgent tasks to reflect and plan? We speak with Avi Deutsch, co-founder and CEO of LAVAN, to learn his secrets.

Reconstructionist News
October 17, 2017

In a new documentary, "The Chosen People? A Film about Jewish Identity," filmmaker Josh Gippin explores the concept of "chosenness" as it has evolved from biblical to contemporary times. The film prominently features Reconstructionist Judaism and its rejection of the idea of Jews as God's chosen people— but also includes perspectives that embrace it. 

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