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These demagogues sow fear and stoke racial tension. They promote an exclusivist, chauvinist white nationalism. But they will not win. Jewish history teaches us that tyranny cannot sustain itself. From Pharaoh to the Roman Emperors to the monarchs who expelled us from multiple parts of Europe, Jews have outlasted the tyrants who have sought our destruction. And we American Jews know that the only way for the Israel-America friendship to survive — and not be tossed out along with these demagogues — is to center our democratic values.

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Today, ten leading organizations representing Americans who are committed to pursuing democracy, equality and peace in Israel announced the launch of the Progressive Israel Network. The new coalition will provide a strong, unified voice in support of its members’ common goals: democracy and equal rights, religious freedom and pluralism, and a two-state solution that would secure a peaceful future for Israel and end the 52-year-long occupation.

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A personal message from Rabbi Deborah Waxman

LGBTQ Inclusion, 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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A statement from Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

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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.

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Reflections on Israel as it turns 70

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Statement condemning recent terror attack and addressing Temple Mount violence

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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. 

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

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Video of first Reconstructionist Birthright trip, December 2016

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.  

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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.

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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.”

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Jennifer Ferentz recently returned from the first-ever Reconstructionist Birthright trip to Israel. She reflects on her experiences. 

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The phrase "Next year in Jerusalem" occurs at the end of every Passover seder. This piece suggests ways to use that phrase as an entry point to a deep educational experience. 

Pesakh, Israel, Ritual and Liturgy

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.

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

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During her first pregnancy, Rabbi Amy Klein shared this reflection on the experience of pregnancy in Israel.

Welcoming Children, Israel

A participant on the first Reconstructionist Birthright trip reflects on her journey.

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In Israel, many celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in nature, connecting with the land, having a picnic or taking a hike. We offer you a new ritual for Yom Ha’atzmaut, built around a picnic seder.

Texts from the Israeli Declaration of Independence, to be used for a Yom Ha'Atzmaut Seder

Packing list for use in a Yom Ha'Atzmaut seder for Israel Independence Day. 

Discussion questions for use in a Yom Ha'Atzmaut seder for Israel Independence Day. 

This is the main document for the Yom Ha'Atzmaut seder.

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

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D'VAR TORAH
Genesis 12:1-17:27
This text study, prepared by Rabbi Nina Mandel, contains pairs of passages examining biblical and contemporary notions of what “Promised Land” means, and how it has been interpreted by Jewish thinkers over the millennia.
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Our movement responds to recent vandalism of an Israeli Reform synagogue and death threats made against leaders of the Reform movement.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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