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Leadership Message

Curious about what's going on at Reconstructing Judaism? Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, reports on her participation in the national leadership mission to the San Diego-Tijuana border organized by HIAS and the Anti-Defamation League.

Read the article here.

Reconstructing Judaism: Spotlights

Reconstructing Judaism is much more than the name of our organization. It’s an ongoing process lived out every day in communities around the world. We continue to spotlight ways that our affiliated communities and individuals are reconstructing elements of Judaism, infusing them with new relevancy, purpose and meaning. Do you have a spotlight? Let us know!

This month's spotlight is on Reconstructing Yahrtzeit: New Variations on a Familiar Ritual Add Meaning to Mourning.

Learning and Leadership Opportunities

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations is a new initiative of Reconstructing Judaism which seeks to answer the Big Questions of our time. Explore the original essays, videos, and curriculum, and add your voice to the conversation.

Visit Evolve here.

Jewish Ethics and #MeToo

Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Ph.D., and Rabbinic Intern Rory Schonning curated crowdsourced responsa on the subject of #MeToo through a Jewish ethical lens.

Visit the responsa here.

Reconstructionist Voices

Atlanta Congregation to Share Its Passion for Music at Convention

More than 30 members of Congregation Bet Haverim’s chorus and band will be featured at the Reconstructing Judaism 2018 Convention in Philadelphia. 

Read the article here or watch their music video, Hold it High.

Innovation and Impact

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.

Introducing our new online store

Visit our new online store to find unique Judaica, meaningful gifts, greeting cards and more. 

Visit the Ritualwell store here.

Faith Leaders Bring Life-Saving Water to Migrants in the Desert

Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari of Kol Tzedek in Philadelphia brought water to migrants crossing the desert with Faith Floods the Desert and No More Deaths/No Más Muertes.

Click here to read the article.

Be a Facebook Fundraiser for Reconstructing Judaism

Consider marking your birthday, anniversary or other special occasion with a Facebook fundraiser for Reconstructing Judaism!

It's easy. Click here.

Upcoming Events

Institute for Prospective Rabbinical Students
Oct. 31–Nov. 3
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Wyncote, Pa.

If you've ever considered becoming a rabbi, this is the moment. Now, more than ever, the world needs extraordinary Jewish leaders. Join us for the Institute to experience the RRC community firsthand by attending classes, davenning (praying) with us, and meeting our students and faculty. The Institute is free; travel subsidies and home hospitality are available upon request. Participation is by application and invitation only. To learn more, please contact Diana Phillips at 215.576.0800, ext. 145, or by email at

Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018
Nov. 15–18, Philadelphia

Convention is filling up fast! We have over 400 people registered. Click here to register. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, contact Jackie Land.

Public Positions on Current Matters

Reconstructing Judaism endorses and co-sponsors numerous petitions, public letters and statements from aligned organizations and also issues its own public statements. Here are the statements we have issued and public letters we have signed onto in the last month, either alone or jointly with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association:

Jewish Communal Letter on Refugee Admissions

Click here for our previous statements.

From the Podcast Studio

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Episode 16: Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, RRC '82, and Professor Sa'ed Atshan, a Palestinian Quaker Christian, discuss their experiences in multifaith work with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, RRC '99, president of Reconstructing Judaism.

Click here to listen to Episode 16.

#Trending Jewish: A Jewish Podcast about Everything

Episode 18: Rabbi Sandra Lawson, RRC '18, discusses how technology, race, identity and sexuality fit into her mission of reaching Jews in new settings.

Click here to listen to Episode 18: The Luxury of Not Having to Share

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