Positions (By Topic) | Reconstructing Judaism

Public Statements and Positions (By Topic)

This page contains statements issued or endorsed by Reconstructionist institutions, grouped by primary topic.

A listing grouped by date is available here.

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

 

Civil Society

Crisis Response

  • Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre (October 30, 2018)

    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 (October 27, 2018)

    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 (October 27, 2018)

    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.

  • Letter of Concern Regarding Human Rights in Burma (July 9, 2018)

    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. 

  • Statement on Nashville and Toronto (April 25, 2018)

    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?

  • Open Letter on Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (January 5, 2018)

    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.

  • Statement on Fire at URJ Camp Newman (October 16, 2017)

    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.

  • Petition Against Fascism (August 18, 2017)

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

  • Statement on Terror Attack at Entrance to Temple Mount (July 14, 2017)

    Condemnation of terror attack at the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

  • Statement on June 14 Shooting (June 14, 2017)

    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.

  • Statement on Terrorist Attacks (May 26, 2017)

    Statement on terrorist attacks on Egyptian Coptic Christians in May 2017

  • Statement on Petach Tikvah Open Market Terrorist Attack (February 9, 2017)

    RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn today's terrorist attack in an open market in Petach Tikvah that wounded six people.

  • Statement on Terrorist Attack in Quebec (January 30, 2017)

    We at RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities grieve for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack on worshipers at the Grande Mosquée de Québec.

  • Statement on Fires in Haifa (November 24, 2016)

    The Reconstructionist Movement expresses solidarity with Israel’s firefighters and emergency rescue services who are working tirelessly to combat the spread of multiple wildfires in the Haifa region.

  • Statement on October 9th Terrorist Attack (October 10, 2016)

    A condemnation of the 10/19/16 terrorist attack in Jerusalem

  • Joint Letter Urging Vote on Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (September 28, 2016)

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Statement on Summer 2015 Violence in Israel (August 4, 2015)

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

Environment

Equal Protection

  • Amicus Brief: EEOC vs. Harris Funeral Homes (April 26, 2017)

    RRC/JRC and the RRA joined this brief in opposition to the asserted right of a for-profit employer to fire a transgender female employee based on religious beliefs about sex roles and gender identity.

Government

  • Amicus Brief Supporting Unions (January 19, 2018)

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

  • Faith Organization Letter Against Funding the Commission on Election Integrity (July 20, 2017)

    RRC/JRC signed onto a letter by faith organizations opposing funding of the proposed “Commission on Election Integrity,” calling on Congress to resist efforts to restrict the right to vote.

  • Statement on Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (February 1, 2017)

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities express grave concerns over the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court to fill the seat left empty by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago. 

  • Statement on White House Appointment of Stephen Bannon (November 14, 2016)

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, along with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, urge Trump to reconsider appointment of Stephen Bannon to a senior White House post.

Gun Violence

  • 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.

  • Statement on Las Vegas Shooting (October 2, 2017)

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

Health Care

Israel

  • Statement on October 7th Terrorist Attack (October 8, 2018)

    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.  

  • Response to Murder of Ari Fuld (September 17, 2018)

    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.

  • Statement on Israel's Passage of Nation State Law (July 19, 2018)

    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.

  • Statement on Recent Events in Israel and Gaza (May 16, 2018)

    A statement from Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

  • An Open Letter Concerning the Safety and Future of African Asylum Seekers (April 5, 2018)

    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.

  • Responding to Recent Events Involving Israel’s African Asylum Seekers (April 5, 2018)

    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.

  • Response to Recent Violence on Gaza Border (April 3, 2018)

    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.

  • Letter Urging Israel to Halt Deportation of Asylum-Seekers (January 22, 2018)

    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.

  • 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.

  • Statement on Israeli Government Blacklist (January 9, 2018)

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

  • 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.

  • Statement on Use of Force Against Reform Leaders at the Kotel (November 17, 2017)

    We stand in solidarity with the leaders of the Reform movement who were confronted with force by police and Western Wall security personnel as they attempted to carry Torah scrolls to the site.

  • Statement on the Har Adar Terrorist Attack (September 28, 2017)

    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 July Violence in Israel (July 25, 2017)

    Statement condemning recent terror attack and addressing Temple Mount violence

  • Endorsement of Letter on Middle-East Peace (July 24, 2017)

    Reconstructionist leaders were among the 35 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim national religious leaders sending a letter to President Trump agreeing that Israeli-Palestinian peace is possible. 

  • Statement on Cancellation of Western Wall Agreement (June 26, 2017)

    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.  

  • Joint Statement on Israel Conversion Bill (May 16, 2017)

    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.

  • Statement on the Israeli Knesset’s Passage of the “Entry Bill” (March 10, 2017)

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) and RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities (RRC/JRC) are strongly opposed to and deeply disappointed by the Israeli Knesset’s passage of the “Entry Bill.”

  • Statement on Knesset Law that Retroactively Authorizes Settlement Outposts (February 8, 2017)

    The Reconstructionist movement opposes the Knesset's passage of the Regularization Bill.

  • Statement on Proposed David Friedman Ambassadorship (December 20, 2016)

    The Reconstructionist movement’s statement on President-Elect Trump’s plan to appoint David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

LGBTQ

Pluralism

Prejudice and Bigotry

Immigration and Refugees

  • Jewish Communal Letter on Refugee Admissions (August 16, 2018)

    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.

  • Joint Statement on Immigration (June 27, 2018)

    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.

  • Letter opposing nomination of Ronald Mortensen (June 18, 2018)

    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.

  • Jewish Letter on Family Separation (June 12, 2018)

    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.

  • 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.

  • National Jewish Letter on DREAM Act (January 17, 2018)

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

  • Statement on Decision to End Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program (September 6, 2017)

    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.

  • Joint Letter Opposing H2431 ("SAFE Act") (May 17, 2017)

    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 Letter Urging Support for Haitians at Risk of Deportation (May 1, 2017)

    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.

  • Joint Letter Calling for Syrian Refugee Resettlement (April 27, 2017)

    On April 27th, RRC/JRC co-signed a letter with 36 national organizations calling on President Trump to resettle more Syrian refugees after the horrific chemical attacks on Syrians earlier in the month.

  • Amicus Brief: Opposing Travel and Refugee Ban, 9th Circuit (April 20, 2017)

    Reconstructionist institutions signed onto an interfaith Amicus Curiae brief to the 9th Circuit opposing the Executive Order travel ban.

  • Amicus Brief: Opposing Travel and Refugee Ban, 4th Circuit (April 19, 2017)

    Reconstructionist institutions signed onto an interfaith Amicus Curiae brief to the 4th Circuit opposing the Executive Order travel ban.

  • Statement on President Trump's Executive Order Concerning Refugees (January 26, 2017)

    We are dismayed as President Trump prepares to take action to close the doors to thousands of refugees seeking shelter and relief from the humanitarian crisis in which they find themselves.

  • Letter Opposing H.R. 4731's Dismantling of Refugee Program (March 15, 2016)

    RRC/JRC joined a letter signed by 234 organizations opposing H.R. 4731, the “Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016,” which would have dismantled the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

  • 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. 

Reproductive Freedom

  • Amicus brief in California vs. Azar (May 30, 2018)

    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 Supporting EACH Woman Act (October 22, 2015)

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