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What an amazing Convention!

Watch a short video about our recent Convention, read this article for a closer look and visit our website for more Convention information, media and divrei torah .

Joint Israel Commission Report

The Joint Israel Commission, a plenary of Reconstructionist rabbis and lay leaders who hold a wide range of perspectives on Israel, held their first in-person meeting at Convention. 

Read the preliminary report here.

Reconstructionist Voices

Facing Death, Rabbinical Student Teaches Others About Living Life

This inspiring, tragic story is not one that we ever wanted to tell. Emet Tauber's determination, generosity and courage will long serve as an example to us all.

Read the article here.

In Tragedy’s Wake, Dor Hadash Finds Strength in Jewish Community

Thanks to a strong community, outreach from fellow Reconstructionist congregations and support from Reconstructing Judaism, Dor Hadash is beginning to rebuild from the tragic shooting in October.

Read the article here.

Summer Camp Isn’t a Break from the Real World … It’s Preparation for It

Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, executive director of Camp Havaya and Havaya Arts, discusses the vital lessons campers learn about connecting across differences and creating supportive communities.

Read the article here.

Leviticus Commentary

S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., professor of biblical studies at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, published a commentary on Leviticus which explores the relationship between power, gender and theology. Read more about it here.

Shaping the Jewish Future
Our Auerbach Entrepreneurial Grant Program supports Reconstructionist Rabbinical College students and alumni in creating bold experiments that seek to reconstruct Judaism.

Watch this space in the coming months for more Auerbach grantees! This year's grant recipients include:

Rabbi Leiah Moser

Inspired by decades of Jewish musical innovation, Rabbi Leiah Moser, RRC '17, is currently developing and producing a full-length electronic album which takes listeners through an entire cycle of Jewish daily prayer. Follow her work here.

Rabbi Emily Cohen

Rabbi Emily Cohen, RRC '18, is reaching out to new audiences by developing educational supplements for her podcast Jew Too? - Tales of the Mixed Multitude, a podcast about the growing diversity of American Jewish families.

Learning Opportunities

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Evolve is a new initiative of Reconstructing Judaism which seeks to answer the urgent issues of our day. Explore the original essays, videos and curriculum, and add your voice to the conversations.

Tikkun Olam Is an Authentic Jewish Value

Rabbi Maurice Harris describes our evolving Jewish civilization as founded on our ability to re-imagine, re-interpret and re-build just worlds.

Read the essay here.

Register now for new Reconstructionist Learning Networks

Explore the crucial questions of Jewish life that just can’t be Googled. New networks include:

Discover more and register here. For more details, contact Shosh Lovett-Graff or call 215.576.0800, ext. 124.
From the Podcast Studio

Episode 20: Choosing Life

This special episode was recorded before a live audience at the Reconstructing Judaism convention in November 2018. Rabbi Deborah Waxman and Susan Levine, a member of the Board of Governors of Reconstructing Judaism, discussed resilience in the aftermath of a suicide attempt.

Click here to listen to Episode 20.

Post-Hanukkah Sale!

Stock up for next year and save 10% on Spread Light Hanukkah Greeting Cards. Use code RECONTODAY. Plus free shipping!

Reconstructionists in the News

Video: Reconstructionist Convention (6ABC News)

Reconstructionist Movement Holds First Convention in Years (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent)

Dor Hadash, a unique strand of Pittsburgh's Jewish tapestry, rebounds from attack (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Fire Forces Bar Mitzvah Change of Venue (Jewish Journal)

On Chanukah and the Use of Force (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent)

At this year’s Human Rights Shabbat, a recommitment to faith prompted by shootings (Philadelphia Inquirer)

What happens after you die? (CBC Radio)

Hanukkah and the Normalization of Violence (Jewish Women International)

The dogs of war make headlines, the lions of peace make…peace (Times of Israel)

Scholarship Created to Honor Slain Doctor& (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent)

Mikvah Use Increases for Multiple Needs (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent)

Hundreds gathered for Hanukkah ceremony at Pittsburgh synagogue (i24 News)

The Hypocrisy of Hanukkah (New York Times)

Public Positions on Current Matters

Statement on Recent Events in Israel
In Support of the Johnson Amendment
Letter Opposing Plans to Adopt Legal Definition of Sex
Statement Opposing Trump Plan to Curtail Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People

Click here for our previous statements.

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