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Public Statements and Positions (By Date)

This page contains statements issued or endorsed by Reconstructionist institutions, grouped by the year and month posted.

A listing grouped by topic is available here.

See also this page of public statements and positions from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Jun 2019

  • Endorsement of House Resolution in Support of Two-State Solution (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism joins nine other Jewish organizations in endorsing House Resolution 326, which reaffirms longstanding bipartisan support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposes any US actions that would encourage or endorse unilateral Israeli annexations in the West Bank. 

May 2019

  • Statement Supporting Equality Act (LGBTQ)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assocation were among 15 national Jewish organizations writing Congress in support of  the Equality Act (H.R. 5). Driven by our Jewish values, we are committed to supporting laws that protect the civil rights and individual liberties of all people. The Equality Act is a significant step forward for the LGBTQ community, and we urge Congress to swiftly pass this important bill.

  • Letter Opposing Rollback of Predatory Lending Protections (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Assocation were among seventeen Jewish organizations writing to the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau in opposition to an administration proposal to rescind protections against predatory lending.

  • Letter to New York Times Regarding Antisemitic Cartoon (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism was a signatory to a letter that the the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) sent to the New York Times Executive Editor condemning the Antisemitic cartoon published on April 25, 2019, and urging tangible steps to ensure that such inflammatory material will not be published in the future.

Apr 2019

  • Letter to Tennessee Legislation on Child Welfare (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were signatories to a letter objecting to the Tennessee legislature’s proposed legislation that would allow federally funded foster care and adoption agencies to practice taxpayer-funded religious discrimination against potential adoptive and foster parents.

  • Statement on Shooting at Chabad of Poway (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association send our deepest condolences and wishes of refu’ah shlaymah — full and complete healing — to all who were affected by the shooting at Chabad of Poway, California.

  • Statement on Easter Sunday Bombings in Sri Lanka (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are shocked by and condemn the terrorist attacks carried out on Easter Sunday at multiple churches and other locations in Sri Lanka. With broken hearts, we stand in solidarity with the Christian communities of Sri Lanka, and with people in grief and shock around the world.

  • Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Supports Bipartisan Legislation on Burma (Crisis Response)

    The American Jewish community stands united against the genocide of the Rohingya people and the persecution of all ethnic minorities in Burma. We applaud the bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate for their moral courage and leadership in introducing powerful legislation that would authorize humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and hold the Burmese military officials responsible for this persecution accountable.

  • Letter in support of the Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among more than 300 organizations to support the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943). The attached letter, sent to the chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, urges the swift passage of the bill, which uses public funding and private donations to provide teachers with resources and training on lessons of the Holocaust and the consequences of bigotry and hate.

Mar 2019

  • Letter opposing nomination of Ronald Mortensen (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among sixteen national Jewish organizations signing onto a letter of opposition to the nomination of Ronald Mortensen, an anti-immigrant extremist, as assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

  • Statement on New Zealand Mosque Attacks (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are horrified by and condemn the terrorist attacks carried out this morning against Muslims in New Zealand. Our hearts are broken and we are shaken. We stand in solidarity with the Muslim communities of the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and all who are in shock, grief, and fear everywhere as a result of this devastating news.

  • Statement Opposing Restrictions on Food Aid (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism joined 35 national faith-based organizations in a statement opposing attempts to restrict states from providing food aid to the hungry.

  • Amicus Brief Affirming Boston Policy Against Endorsing Religious Symbols (Pluralism)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief filed by Americans United in the case of Shurtleff vs. City of Boston,  urging a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of Boston’s policy against flying religious flags in front of City Hall due to such an act’s violation of the Establishment Clause. 

  • Invitation to Support Israelis Opposing Kahanists in Knesset (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism invites communities to show solidarity with thousands of Israelis who are taking action to try to prevent Kahanists from being allowed to enter the Knesset.

Feb 2019

  • Kahanists are a Danger to Israelis and Israeli Democracy (Israel)

    We call on our colleagues in the American Jewish community and Jewish organizations to stand for democracy and equality and join us in affirming that Kahanists have no place in the Knesset.

  • Letter on Religious Discrimination in Foster Care (Equal Protection)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined more than 100 organizations in protest of the recent decision to exempt federally funded foster care agencies in South Carolina from federal religious nondiscrimination protections.

  • Letter Opposing Repeal of Johnson Amendment (April 2019) (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 131 organizations sending a letter to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committes, urging them not to repeal or weaken the “Johnson Amendment” that currently ensures that tax-exempt organizations do not support or oppose candidates for political office.

Jan 2019

Dec 2018

  • Letter Opposing Repeal of Johnson Amendment (Civil Society)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among 109 organizations sending a letter to the House of Representatives, urging them not to repeal or weaken the “Johnson Amendment” that currently ensures that tax-exempt organizations do not support or oppose candidates for political office.

  • Statement on Recent Events in Israel (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn and are saddened by the recent terror attacks by Palestinian extremists against Israeli soldiers, police and civilians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

  • Letter Opposing Plans to Adopt Legal Definition of Sex (LGBTQ)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among sixteen national Jewish organizations expressing opposition to a proposed restrictive legal definition of sex that would effectively define out of existence the gender identities of millions of people.

Oct 2018

  • Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the devastating losses that a white nationalist domestic terrorist inflicted upon the Jewish community this past Shabbat morning at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. Included among the dead and wounded are members of our affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash, which meets there.

  • Initial Statement on the Pittsburgh Shootings (Crisis Response)

    We are shocked and horrified by the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Our hearts, support and condolences go out to the community members of the Tree Of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation, to the community members of our affiliated congregation, Congregation Dor Hadash, who were meeting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, and to the people of Pittsburgh.

  • Responding to Today's Tragedy (Crisis Response)

    All of us at Reconstructing Judaism are still processing the shock, grief and heartbreak of the shooting that took place in Pittsburgh at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation, which is also the home of our Reconstructionist affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash.

  • Statement Opposing Trump Plan to Curtail Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People (LGBTQ)

    We lift our collective voices in support of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people — our loved ones, our community leaders, and people across the globe.

  • Statement on October 7th Terrorist Attack (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the terrorist attack that killed two Israeli civilians. Terrorism is never justified and will not help end the Occupation of the West Bank, nor will it pave the way to a lasting, fair peace agreement. May those who work for peace, justice, and reconciliation throughout the region be strengthened in their work and their ideals.  

Sep 2018

  • Response to Murder of Ari Fuld (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian youth that killed Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli father of four, at the Etzion junction in the West Bank.

Aug 2018

  • Jewish Communal Letter on Refugee Admissions (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the 36 Jewish organizations that signed onto a letter urging President Trump to support a safe and strong U.S. refugee admissions program that represents the best of America.

Jul 2018

  • Statement on Israel's Passage of Nation State Law (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association strongly oppose the Nation State Law that the Knesset has now established as one of Israel’s Basic Laws, which carry constitutional weight.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding Human Rights in Burma (Crisis Response)

    Reconstructing Judaism is among 46 organizations signing onto a letter of concern by Human Rights Watch about Burma’s human rights record, addressed to the US House and Senate Armed Services Committees. 

Jun 2018

  • Joint Statement on Immigration (Immigration and Refugees)

    The leadership of Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn with horror the travesty that has become our immigration system under the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

  • Jewish Letter on Family Separation (Immigration and Refugees)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association stand with other national Jewish organizations to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies that separate children from their parents.

May 2018

  • Amicus brief in California vs. Azar (Reproductive Freedom)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association signed onto an amicus curiae brief challenging religious organizations’ claim to be exempt from from providing, and empowered  to block access to, women’s contraceptive services for their employees. Reconstructing Judaism believes both in the importance of the separation of church and state and that the reproductive rights of women must be preserved and protected.

  • Joint Letter Urging Secretary of State to Fill Anti-Semitism Special Envoy Position (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the organizational signatories of a letter directed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to fill the vacant position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. 

  • Statement on Recent Events in Israel and Gaza (Israel)

    A statement from Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Apr 2018

  • Statement on Nashville and Toronto (Crisis Response)

    For those of us in North America, what words are adequate to this week’s domestic horrors happening in close succession and dominating headlines: the murder by gun of four people in Nashville and the murder with a van of ten and injury of countless others in Toronto? What actions can we take?

  • National Jewish Group Letter supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association were among the 55 national Jewish groups joining together in a letter to Senate leaders opposing the House-passed ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), legislation which would turn back the clock on the civil rights of people with disabilities by weakening the 28-year old Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Responding to Recent Events Involving Israel’s African Asylum Seekers (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) urge Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government to reconsider its decision to abandon the agreement it initially announced it had struck with the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, on April 2, 2018.

  • An Open Letter Concerning the Safety and Future of African Asylum Seekers (Israel)

    In an open letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reconstructing Judaism and the other undersigned organizations urge him to pursue a humane solution for the 39,000 asylum seekers currently within Israel’s borders.

  • Response to Recent Violence on Gaza Border (Israel)

    Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) are deeply saddened and concerned following the deaths of approximately 18 Palestinians,  and the wounding of many others, by Israeli army fire during last Friday’s Palestinian-led marches near the border fence between Gaza and Israel.

Feb 2018

  • Response to Parkland, Florida Shooting (Gun Violence)

    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 (Immigration and Refugees)

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

Jan 2018

  • Letter Urging Israel to Halt Deportation of Asylum-Seekers (Israel)

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the early signatories of this letter urging the Israeli government to stop the deportations of asylum seekers from Sudan and Eritrea who have sought refuge in Israel.

  • Amicus Brief Supporting Unions (Government)

    Reconstructionist organizations joined an amicus curiae brief by religious organizations in support of the rights of unions. 

  • Joint Statement on Recent Abbas Speech (Israel)

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

  • National Jewish Letter on DREAM Act (Immigration and Refugees)

    RRC/JRC signed onto a letter urging members of Congress to support the bipartisan DREAM Act.

  • Statement on Israeli Government Blacklist (Israel)

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

  • Open Letter on Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (Crisis Response)

    In the face of unconscionable atrocities against the Rohingya people by the Burmese military, RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities joined a broad coalition of organizations from across the Jewish community to press for the immediate passage of the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017.

Dec 2017

Nov 2017

Oct 2017

  • Joint Filing Opposing Anti-LGBTQ Religious Exemptions in Supreme Court Case (LGBTQ)

    Reconstructionist leaders joined an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case, urging against religiously-based exemptions to anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

  • Statement on Fire at URJ Camp Newman (Crisis Response)

    Last week, amidst the tragic loss of life and widespread devastation from the ongoing wildfires in Northern California, we learned the heartbreaking news that much of URJ Camp Newman was destroyed by the fires. Together with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, all of us at Camp Havaya and Havaya Arts send our love and support as the community now works to rebuild.

  • Letter in Support of OFF (Off Fossil Fuels) Act (Environment)

    RRC/JRC signed onto a letter urging members of Congress to support HR-3671, “Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act.”

  • Statement on Las Vegas Shooting (Gun Violence)

    Response to the violent shooting in Las Vegas that so far has ended 58 human lives and injured hundreds more.

Sep 2017

  • Statement on the Har Adar Terrorist Attack (Israel)

    RRC / Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the terrorist attack that took place in the West Bank settlement of Har Adar.

  • Statement on Decision to End Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (Immigration and Refugees)

    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.

Aug 2017

  • Statement by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association on Foregoing Annual High Holy Day Call with Trump (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    The RRA and America’s other leading rabbinic organizations have decided, in light of  President Trump’s statements during and after the tragic events in Charlottesville, so lacking in moral leadership and empathy for the victims of racial and religious hatred, that we cannot organize a rabbinic call with the president this year. 

  • Petition Against Fascism (Crisis Response)

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

  • Faith Voices Letter in Support of Keeping Houses of Worship Non-Partisan (Civil Society)

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the more than 4000 signatories to a letter urging the U.S. Senate not to repeal or weaken current law that prevents tax-exempt religious organizations from partisan political endorsements.

  • Response to Charlottesville (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    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. 

Jul 2017

Jun 2017

  • Statement on Cancellation of Western Wall Agreement (Israel)

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities jointly condemn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to cancel an agreement that would have allowed for mixed and egalitarian prayer services at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  

  • Statement on June 14 Shooting (Crisis Response)

    We are deeply shocked by the shooting that targeted members of Congress and others. We fear that guns and bullets are replacing speech and debate, and we know that all those who believe in democracy and human dignity will not allow that to happen.

  • Public Letter on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord (Environment)

    Letter from American Jewish groups in response to the announced withdrawal from the Paris climate accord

  • Public Letter on Anti-Muslim Marches (Prejudice and Bigotry)

    Reconstructionist leaders joined other faith leaders in a letter from Shoulder to Shoulder speaking out against anti-Muslim behavior. Shoulder to Shoulder is a coalition of 32 religious denominations and organizations committed to standing with American Muslims to uphold American values.

May 2017

  • Statement on Terrorist Attacks (Crisis Response)

    Statement on terrorist attacks on Egyptian Coptic Christians in May 2017

  • Joint Letter Opposing H2431 ("SAFE Act") (Immigration and Refugees)

    RRC and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities were among nearly 200 local and national organizations to sign this joint letter asking House Judiciary Committee members to oppose H.R. 2431 as a draconian measure that would criminalize undocumented immigrants and undermine due process protections. 

  • Joint Statement on Israel Conversion Bill (Israel)

    RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities joined a statement strongly opposing a bill proposed by Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, which would nullify Israel’s recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel, as well as overturn Israel’s High Court ruling requiring the Ministry to recognize Orthodox conversions performed by private rabbinic courts.

  • Joint Letter Urging Support for Haitians at Risk of Deportation (Immigration and Refugees)

    RRC/JRC joined more than 400 faith leaders and organizations in this letter urging Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to extend Haitian refugees’ Temporary Protected Status.

Apr 2017

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Jan 2017

Dec 2016

Nov 2016

Oct 2016

Sep 2016

  • Mourning a Statesman, Peacemaker, and Legend (Israel)

    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.

  • Joint Letter Urging Vote on Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (Crisis Response)

    Joint letter from Jewish organizations and rabbis urging action to protect Syrian civilians

  • Statement on Recent Acts of Violence (Crisis Response)

    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

Jul 2016

Jun 2016

Mar 2016

Feb 2016

  • Statement on Historic Western Wall Compromise (Israel)
    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.

Jan 2016

  • Welcoming the Stranger, Living Our Values (Immigration and Refugees)

    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. 

Oct 2015

  • Joint Letter Supporting EACH Woman Act (Reproductive Freedom)

    Joint letter from 20 American Jewish organizations and communities supporting the EACH Woman Act to end bans on abortion coverage.

Aug 2015

Jun 2015