Curious about what's going on at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities? Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of RRC/JRC, reflects on her work as president of the Reconstructionist movement.
Rabbi Howard Cohen, RRC '94, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth El in Bennington, Vt., and current rabbi at Shirat Hayam in Marshfield, Mass., balances firefighting and rabbinical work as part of a lifetime of service.
Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience — Episode 6 is live
Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal and communal renewal.
About Episode 6
In challenging times, we often search for firm ground to stand on. In this interview with Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Rabbi Deborah Waxman explores mindfulness as a path that can anchor us, nourish our Jewish lives and sustain us as we strive to fulfill our Jewish values. Click here to listen.
How does Judaism intersect with contemporary culture and illuminate how people live their lives? Hosts Rachael Burgess and Bryan Schwartzman don’t profess to have answers, just a host of questions – some profound, some rather goofy.
About Episode 8
Too often, people overlook the blessings of being alive. Judaism has, it seems, a blessing for every occasion. Bryan and Rachael are joined by Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D., and storyteller puppeteer Marilyn Price to discuss the relevance of Jewish blessings today. Teutsch and Price read from their new book From Gratitude to Blessings and Back and put up with Bryan’s invocation of Fiddler on the Roof.
We are thrilled to announce the Reconstructionist movement’s upcoming Israel trip from March 7-15, 2018! This isn’t your typical “Israel 101” trip. We will focus on art, music and politics, delving deep into the complexity of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Camp Havaya (Pennsylvania) is an incredibly diverse and welcoming community where we encourage kids to discover what being Jewish means to them—no matter who they are or where they come from. It's why so many campers call it home! Camp Havaya will start on June 24, 2018.
Havaya Arts (California) is a high-quality arts and summer-camp experience for kids. We are a joyful, welcoming and progressive Jewish community where campers grow as intentional artists and amazing human beings. Havaya Arts will start on June 18, 2018.
Invite abundance and prosperity into the New Year with an original Abundance Shrine. Featured Ritualwell artist Kohenet Ketzirah Lesser taps into the Kabbalistic power of the Hebrew letters to create a unique ritual object that can be used to complement your spiritual practice.
Are you planning your wedding? Did you recently bring home a new baby? Ever thought about how to mark a milestone anniversary? Let our Ritual Guides assist you in creating a meaningful ritual that will create memories for you and your family for decades to come.
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Statements from the Movement
In addition to endorsing and co-sponsoring numerous petitions, public letters and statements from aligned organizations, RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities issues its own public statements on several issues, either alone or jointly with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association:
For our previous statements, go to our Public Statements page on Jewishrecon.org.
Jan. 19-21, 2018
Or Shalom Jewish Community
625 Brotherhood Way
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, will speak about "Reconstructionism and Resilience" at an evening reception at Or Shalom. The weekend will also feature Friday-night services, the second San Francisco Women's March and a discussion about current events. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lillian Markind at email@example.com.
LGBT Spirituality & Spiritual Violence Mini-Series
Feb. 5, 2018
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W. Maple St.
Chesapeake Day of Learning
April 15, 2018
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane
Save the date for a day of Jewish learning, featuring a keynote speaker, follow-up workshops and activities for the body, mind and spirit.
Nov. 15-18, 2018
This year's convention, titled "Rooted and Relevant: A 2018 Reconstructionist Conversation," will feature learning, singing, dancing, eating and praying. Stay tuned for more information and click here to add the event to your calendar.
The Jewish Reconstructionist Communities in association with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) provides services for more than 100 congregations and havurot where members help create the Judaism they want to live. RRC is a progressive rabbinical school where people of all backgrounds engage intensively with Jewish texts, thought and practice. As a combined organization, RRC / Jewish Reconstructionist Communities make up a unique entity in the contemporary Jewish landscape.
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