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Leadership Message

We are excited to announce that this year marks the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's 50th anniversary! Be on the lookout for anniversary-related content all year long. First, to learn about the founding of this ground-breaking seminary, please read this history by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism.

Read the article here.

Reconstructionist Voices

And She Persisted: One Trailblazing Rabbi Rescues the Story of Another From History’s Ashes

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, RRC ’74 — the first woman to become a Reconstructionist rabbi — reclaimed a story lost to history in her newest children’s book about a strong woman driven by her love of Judaism.

Read the article here.

Learning Opportunities

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
Evolve 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 conversations.

The Jewish Basis for Environmentalism
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, RRC '97, explores the intersections between Jewish values and protecting the environment. 

Read the essay here or read more about Evolve in eJewishPhilanthropy.

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.

Writing Contemporary Liturgy

Join Alden Solovy on a spiritual journey to deepen your understanding of prayer and to hone your writing skills to create new Jewish liturgy. This workshop will encourage experimentation, challenging you to find your own authentic voice(s) of prayer.

Click here for more information or to register.

From the Podcast Studio

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Missed a previous episode of Hashivenu? Highlights include:

  • Shabbat, featuring Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D., RRC '77.
  • Activism, featuring Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, RRC '90.
  • Mindfulness, featuring Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, RRC '08.

Click here to view all previous episodes.

#Trending Jewish: A Jewish Podcast about Everything

Episode 20: Rabbi Deborah Waxman and Rabbi Nathan Kamesar, RRC '18, Associate Rabbi of Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia, discuss the opportunities and challenges technology brings to Judaism.

Click here to listen to Episode 20 or read Rabbi Waxman and Rabbi Kamesar's essay on technology in Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

On the Horizon

Be You, Boldly

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.

Watch the video, then find out more and register for Summer 2019 at

Be You, Creatively

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 human beings.

Watch the video, then find out more and register for Summer 2019 at

Upcoming Events

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

Convention is filling up fast! More than 550 people have registered. Click here for more information or 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:

Response to Murder of Ari Fuld
Statement on October 7th Terrorist Attack

Click here for our previous statements.

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