Rachel Forth

Rachel Forth (she/her) is the Assistant Director of Engagement Communications at Reconstructing Judaism. She oversees the social media presence, content creation, and online event streaming of Reconstructing Judaism and its subsidiaries and manages the organization-wide marketing calendar, event marketing, and email communications. In addition, Rachel was a co-author of “Turning an In-Person Fundraiser Into a Successful Online Event” on eJewish Philanthropy in response to changing in-person events to virtual ones due to COVID-19. 

Before joining Reconstructing Judaism, she worked in various roles in the Conservative and Reform movements. She also volunteered to run events for Hazon Food Festivals, LimmudPhilly, and a local farmers market that dealt with combating a food desert in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Rachel is also a food blogger (Southern Jewish Kitchens), photographer, and religious school teacher who lives in South Philadelphia with her partner, Nick, and two adorable pets, Nico and Olivia.

In solidarity with Ukraine

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association join countless nations and faith communities around the world in condemning the unprovoked and brutal Russian military invasion of Ukraine. 
Reconstructionist congregations are part of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ), which is also home to ten Ukrainian synagogues. We hold them, the entire Ukrainian Jewish community, and all the people of Ukraine in our hearts. 

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Responding to Amnesty International’s report on Israel and the charge of apartheid

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association have issued the following statement in response to the recent Amnesty International report:
Apartheid is one of the most shocking words in the English language, conjuring images of the brutal and racist South African regime that decades of struggle brought to an end in 1994. Last week, Amnesty International became the latest human rights organization to accuse Israel of the crime of apartheid. Amnesty’s report follows reports by Human Rights Watch and by the Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, both of which level the same charge. Over the past several days, we have taken the time needed to study Amnesty’s 280-page report and develop our response.

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association join letter urging US Senate to fund Iron Dome replenishment

Today, Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association along with 10 other national Jewish organizations urged the Senate to quickly approve funding for the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. While the House overwhelmingly voted, on a bipartisan basis, to fund its replenishment last year, the legislation has stalled in the Senate.

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In Memoriam

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we feel grateful for one of the most extraordinary things about the Reconstructionist movement — the caliber of people who are attracted to it. We are lucky that so many of these extraordinary people step up into leadership, on our behalf and in the wider world. Over the last several months, we have lost several national leaders, and we write now to share some reflections on these folks who offered the best of themselves to us and on our behalf.

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Jewish Organizational Letter on U.S. Special Envoy

We, the undersigned 21 national Jewish organizations, including the four streams of American Judaism, write to urge you to swiftly fill the position of U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism by considering the current nominee. Filling this position is a high priority for our organizations and of utmost importance in fighting growing antisemitism and hate worldwide.

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Calling on Gantz to reconsider designation of Palestinian human rights and civil society groups as “terrorists”

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) and Reconstructing Judaism express deep concern over last week’s decision by Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to declare six Palestinian human rights groups to be “terror organizations.” Absent compelling evidence, this policy enacts a draconian measure that will criminalize critical human rights work.

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Ritualwell’s ADVOT Creates Poetic Community

Before Ritualwell was a website containing more than 2,200 liturgy and rituals crowdsourced by Jews, it was an idea of where to put dozens of scraps of paper in the drawers of offices in the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Kolot: Center for Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies in Wyncote.

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