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Curious about what's going on at Reconstructing Judaism? Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, discusses the vital questions posed by Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations.

Reconstructionist Voices
Exploring Contemporary Questions in a Jewish Framework

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's Center for Jewish Ethics will host a conference in celebration of Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D., exploring the the key ethical questions facing Jews and Jewish communities today.

Read the article here.

Salaam Montréal

Congregation Dorshei Emet of Montreal sponsored three Syrian refugee families to resettle in Canada. A new short film shows the families' disrupted lives, the challenges of living with trauma and Dorshei Emet's commitment to tikkun olam.

Watch the short film here.

"My Judaism is about justice for everyone."

New U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, long-standing member of Congregation T’chiyah, talks about Reconstructionism, community, and social change at our Nov. Convention.

Read the article 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:

Sarah Brammer-Shlay

Currently a rabbincal student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Sarah is investigating ways to create spaces to have conversations about personal experiences with divinity.

Rabbi Ariana Katz

Rabbi Ariana Katz, RRC '18, is developing a value-based financial model for Hinenu: the Baltimore Justice Shtiebel by exploring voluntary dues structures through structured focus groups and a leadership cohort.

Learning Opportunities

A Pittsburgh Perspective

In an essay for Evolve, Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D. offers reflections on the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue this past fall. Evolve is an 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.

Register now for new Reconstructionist Learning Networks

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

Dive deeper: #ZeroWastePassover: The Life-Changing Mitzvah of Tidying Up and Embodied Ritual for Trauma, Resilience and Healing are the final two Network Immersions for this cycle. Sign up now!

Network Immersions offer an in-depth exploration of a topic, including coursework (reading and/or writing), for a fee. A 10% discount goes to members and staff of our affiliates and Learning Network subscribers.

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

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Episode 21: Rabbi Marc Margolius explores the spiritual practice of Tikkun Middot, a mindfulness-based approach to cultivating spiritual character traits which help us learn from our inevitable shortcomings in a sustainable and compassionate way.

Click here to listen to Episode 21.

#Trending Jewish: A Jewish Podcast about Everything

Episode 21: Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D., explains Reconstructing Judaism’s Evolve initative, which uses a digital platform to model civil conversations on the toughest issues confronting the Jewish community.

Click here to listen to Episode 21.

Purim is coming!

Celebrate the bright joy of Purim with this limited-edition giclée print by Ritualwell artist Yitzchok Moully. 

Havaya Summer Programs

In our Havaya Summer Programs, there’s never a reason for campers to be anyone other than their true selves. No matter who they are, our kids are both celebrated and challenged in ways that help them grow into amazing human beings. As Reconstructionist communities open to all, we encourage each camper to explore our traditions and today’s world to discover what being Jewish means to them. See what the buzz is all about at HavayaSummerPrograms.org.

Upcoming Events

Jewish Values & the Ethical Now: A Conference in Celebration of Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D.
March 10 – March 11, Philadelphia

A rare opportunity to join cutting-edge scholars and leaders in conversation about how Jewish ethics can address today's urgent questions. Come for the whole conference or just for the public symposium and dessert reception.

Trans Jews are Here: A Convening
March 29 - 31, New York

Trans and non-binary Jewish individuals are welcome to come celebrate and explore the intersection of transgender identity and Jewish life. Hosted by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah with Keshet, the convening includes Shabbat experiences, workshops, panels, discussions, presentations, and performances.

Chesapeake Annual Day of Learning
March 31, 2:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Oseh Shalom, Laurel, Md.

Join us for Jewish learning, a reception, Celebration of Honorees and dinner at the Chesapeake Annual Day of Learning at Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Md.

Public Positions on Current Matters

Reconstructing Judaism Joins Amicus Brief Challenging Constitutionality of Government Sponsorship of Religious Symbols

Click here for our previous statements.

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