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A Reconstructionist Jew has strong commitments both to tradition and to the search for contemporary meaning. Reconstructionists encourage all Jews to enhance their own lives by reclaiming our shared heritage and becoming active participants in the building of the Jewish future.

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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.

A comprehensive review of the place of Mordecai Kaplan's thought in the content of American philosophy and theology.

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How do you ask for help from a non-supernatural God? Rabbi Jacob Staub explores.

Elsie Stern looks back on the fall Jewish holidays, and ahead to a year of productive conversations at RRC.

Aurora Mendelsohn grew up in a Reconstructionist community. In this interview, she shares how that background has shaped her own Jewish life, and reflects on the challenges and opportunities facing new generations of committed progressive Jews.

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RRC's 2015 Annual Report, in video format. 

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What are the intellectual origins of the Reconstructionist movement?

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An extensive set of frequently asked questions about Reconstructionism, for use by Jewish educators. 

Jewish educators can answer children's questions many ways, depending on the child's developmental stage. This brief essay explores the factors involved in weighing how to answer children's questions on Reconstructionist Judaism. 

When good people suffer, where is God? In this influential piece, Rabbi Harold Schulweis grapples with deep questions about God's role in the world and in our lives. 

Theology, Reconstructionism

In this interview, Rabbi Shira Stutman reflects on the promise and potential of an open, welcoming and pluralistic synagogue and community space. 

This is a transcript of the Dialogue Podcast, Episode 1: New Jewish Spaces, an interview with Rabbi Shira Stutman.

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.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman describes how her own experience as a trail blazer was made possible by the Reconstructionist movement's combination of fearless innovation and pragmatic spirit.  

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Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben reflects on the Reconstructionist spirit of innovation and how it shaped his 29-year rabbinate at a flagship Reconstructionist congregation.

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Rabbi Joshua Bolton reflects on Reconstructionism as a response to a new epoch of Jewish evolution.

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Rabbi Sid Schwartz describes a lifetime of building new Jewish organizations that meet the Jewish community's ever-changing needs. 

How do we address life's tough questions from the Reconstructionst framework of a non-supernatural God? 

Reconstructionism, Theology

What does Reconstructionism have to do with Jewish law? According to Daniel Cederbaum, far more than you think. 

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

Since Reconstructionist Judaism affirms a conception of God as a force, power or process — but not as a supernatural Being who can be addressed and can respond — what happens to the notion of sin? Rabbi Richard Hirsh argues that Reconstructionist theology makes it more, not less, important that we take on the responsibility for judgment, atonement, apology and repentance

In these excerpts from the diaries of Mordecai Kaplan, the message of Rosh Hashanah is reframed as one of radical responsibility to a higher calling.

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

Lesser describes the evolution of an LGBT synagogue and dissects the meaning of inclusive community.

Klein examines how experiencing the contradictions of Israeli life can help young North American Jews feel connected to Israel.

Fuchs-Kreimer describes how respect for interfaith colleagues led her to re-examine Jewish beliefs she once dismissed out of hand. 

Waxman asks if it is “possible to believe that all people are created equal and to believe that Judaism is superior to other religions.”

Boettiger wrestles with the possibilities for Jewish art and creative pursuits.

Art, Sukkot, Reconstructionism

Glanzberg-Krainin explores how Reconstructionist Judaism draws on diverse traditions to create a relevant contemporary Judaism.

Peoplehood, Reconstructionism

Staub recounts his spiritual biography and offers ideas about how to build a personal relationship with God. 

Weiner ponders the "authenticity" of past generations and looks to Reconstructionist community as the place where the various strains of Judaism’s past can come together.

Reconstructionism, Peoplehood

"Can you tell me—in a few words—what Reconstructionist Judaism is all about?" This is one Reconstructionist rabbi's answer. 

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Reconstructionist prayerbooks use an altered version of the blessing before reading Torah. We affirm Torah as our unique and precious Jewish vehicle for connection with the divine, while avoiding implications of superiority over other peoples and religions. 

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Exodus 19:1-20:23

Rabbi Jeffrey Schein has created this suite of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood, under the auspices of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood.

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