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Reacting to time spent with civil rights leader John Lewis, Rabbi Mordechai Liebling reflects on faith, progress, and justice.

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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. 

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A statement from Reconstructionist movement leaders regarding Trump's invitation to speak at AIPAC.

Rather than seeing religion and political activism as two distinct phenomena, we can experience activism as a powerful form of prayer.

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Our Tikkun Olam Commission developed a set of criteria to guide its social justice recommendations for the movement. Every couple of years, the Commission will advise that the Reconstructionist movement concentrate on a new issue which, on balance, best meets these criteria. Here’s how the wealth gap meets the criteria we’ve set for a movement-wide focus.

The current unequal concentration of wealth in the United States creates political, social and economic consequences throughout North America. Our Tikkun Olam commission's current focus is on this issue. 

The Reconstructionist movement has helped define the vanguard of social justice in the Jewish community, advancing causes from equality for women and the LGBT community, to interfaith dialogue. Given our limited resources, our strategy is to concentrate on a single area of social justice for a few years at a time.

The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew expression broadly meaning "reparing the world." 

RRC President Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., was among the 18,000 people in the audience for Donald Trump's March 21 speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference. Her response was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer  under the title "Voters Must Act Against Demagoguery." 

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

A child of Holocaust survivors, Rani Jaegar composed a yizkor prayer for Righteous Gentiles that is unique and breaks new ground. It tells the story of those who saw suffering and knew how to find their humanity. It remembers that “righteousness is an everlasting foundation” that breaks boundaries.

Have you already invested time in organizing your community? How can you continue to build and maintain momentum? Bring your experiences, triumphs and challenges in working within a CBCO network to share with and learn from others. We will talk about how to maintain involvement, respond to concerns and use the organizing to enliven our congregations.

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"Love of the Creator, and love of that which G!d has created, are finally one and the same," wrote Martin Buber.  Defending this divine creation in an era of climate change is a Jewish (and social, political, and moral) imperative.

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

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.

These materials explore Jewish models of resistance to oppression. 

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.

This article is adapted from a talk at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Tikkun Olam Kallah, March 2003.

Letter from American Jewish groups in response to the announced withdrawal from the Paris climate accord

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Rabbi David Teutsch urges support for foreign aid in the upcoming federal budget.

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