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In an essay that appeared in Philadelphia's Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., makes the case that Reconstructionist Judaism matters now more than ever.

What is the place of the Messiah in Reconstructionist Judaism? Rabbi Jacob Staub reflects. 

Theology, Pursuing Justice

In this interview, Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb reflects on the Jewish roots of his climate change activism. He also reflects on how his role at Congregation Adat Shalom has led him to appreciate the emotional resistance that can arise when confronting injustice.

In this interview, Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb reflects on the Jewish roots of his climate change activism. He also reflects on how his role at Congregation Adat Shalom has led him to appreciate the emotional resistance that can arise when confronting injustice.

To Rabbi Jill Jacobs of T'ruah, rich vibrant Judaism demands breaking down the boundaries between prayer and justice. 

Tepperman encourages sustained congregational dialogue and action around social, environmental and political justice.

In this personal and political post in The Times of Israel, Rabbi Deborah Waxman discusses what's at stake in this presidential election and beyond.

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Prayers and resources for discussion following the November 2016 Presidential election in the United States.

A statement following the Presidential election

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Rabbi Toba Spitzer grapples wtih the traditional notion of Jewish chosenness, arguing that our Torah is integral to the maintenance and perfection of this world—even as we acknowledge that other people’s teachings, other people’s truths, are also a path to redemption. It matters that  Judaism survives—not just for our own sake, but because it’s good for the world, and because we have unique work to do.

What is tikkun olam? In this extended article, Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz digs deep into the sources, underpinnings, and implications of "world repair."

This Reconstructionist curriculum on wealth inequality was written for the movement's Tikkun Olam commission in the winter of 5777 (2016-2017).

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.

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Reconstructionist Judaism takes seriously our obligation to act together to address injustice and suffering. To do so, Rabbi Elliot Tepperman argues, our congregations need to be places where we can safely engage in political and ethical agitation and disagreement, while avoiding mere irritation.

In an op-ed published in Ha'aretz, President Trump's failure to acknowledge Jewish Holocaust victims while banning entry of refugees spurs criticism. 

Pursuing Justice, Yom HaShoah

On January 29, 2017, Reconstructionist rabbis and thinkers gathered for a day of learning and study on "Moving Forward in Changing Times." The gathering offered a range of Jewish approaches to finding spiritual strength as an activist, how to have difficult conversations with those with opposing viewpoints and how to stay sane and grounded in what feels like an avalanche of political change. 

Rabbi Deborah Waxman reflects on finding spiritual equilibrium in a time of shifting sands.

In the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis, Congregation Dorshei Emet in Montreal campaigned to sponsor four refugee families. We were happy to hear that the first of the four families arrived in Canada last month.

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.

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In an insightful interview, Rabbi Toba Spitzer (RRC '97) reflects on what motivated her to attend RRC, what it was like to enter the rabbinate as a lesbian, and how much has changed in two decades. She also reflects on what individuals and communities can do to combat social inequality.

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. 

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D'VAR TORAH
Genesis 12:1-17:27

This provocative Rosh Hashanah sermon draws parallels between Hagar, Sarah's mistreated servant, and today's immigrant workers.

Freedom from bondage frames the Jewish story. How, then, can we fail to listen to those who are now behind bars? 

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D'VAR TORAH
Leviticus 16:1-34; 18: 1-30

As a time to take responsibility for communal wrongs, Yom Kippur calls us to learn about and grapple with issues of race in America.

D'VAR TORAH
Genesis 12:1-17:27

Abraham and Sarah's desperate journey to Egypt as refugees reminds us that remembering the heart of the stranger is at the core of Jewish experience.

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This ritual invokes the blast of the shofar to articulate the plight of refugees. It was created for use at High Holidays in response to the presidential travel ban.

To truly live justly, we need to move out of our comfort zones and embrace unfamiliar ideas and habits of mind. 

Inclusion, Pesakh, Pursuing Justice

In our followup to the 2016-17 Innovators Incubator, our new Rev Your Engines session focused on the development of a close-knit, supportive network of participants facing similar challenges in their start-up endeavors. From teen focused programming to a havurot for baby boomers, we looked into the support and development resources available to these community leaders.

Reconstructionist leaders call for institutional reform and lasting change in the wake of the #metoo campaign.

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.

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

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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.

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

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

People across Philadelphia gathered together for Fair Trade Shabbat Dinner, a night of Jewish learning, locally-sourced food, and provoking conversation about Jewish values.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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