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Leadership Message

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., shares the many ways in which Reconstructing Judaism is connecting people to Jewish meaning and community in these extraordinary times. Every video is a snapshot in time. We completed this one in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and before George Floyd’s killed sparked massive protests in support of racial justice. For our commitments on racial justice, please see below. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this video from our Annual Report and feel moved to support our vital work and help us fulfill our commitments to you, our communities and toward repairing our broken world.

Reconstructing Judaism is Not Free to Desist

Reconstructing Judaism is fully committed to building an anti-racist Jewish community. We state firmly and unequivocally that Black Lives Matter, and that working tirelessly to demonstrate that Black Lives Matter is a Jewish value.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Updates

Mazel Tov to the Newest Reconstructionist Rabbis!

With great pride and joy, we introduce the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College graduating class of 2020/5780. It has been a privilege to serve as their teachers and to accompany them on their journeys to the rabbinate. We held a private, socially distanced ritual for them in June and look forward to celebrating them publicly next year.

Learning on the Job: RRC Students Provide Spiritual Counseling and Jewish Experience Online

During the pandemic, our rabbinical students' training has proven to be essential to mining Jewish sources for meaning, providing pastoral counseling and adapting Jewish rituals for online use. To read about our students' coronavirus fieldwork experiences, click here.

Resources to Uplift and Inspire

Recon Connect

Visit Recon Connect for live and real-time opportunities to study, pray and celebrate with others. It's the online hub for live experiences from across the Reconstructionist movement. It's updated often - bookmark it!

Virtual Shabbat Box

The Virtual Shabbat Box contains essays, meditations and other ways for you to engage with Shabbat. Look here for a new Shabbat Box every Thursday.

Jewish Values and the Coronavirus

The wisdom of Jewish tradition can guide us through the emotional and economic costs of staying home during the pandemic. Visit the Center for Jewish Ethics to learn from the Jewish ethical tradition and gain insights from today’s leading ethical thinkers.

Introduction to Trauma, Healing & Resilience

We are thrilled to share with you Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg's Introduction to Trauma, Healing & Resilience. In this groundbreaking and accessible work, Rabbi Rosenberg provides concrete tools for professionals who serve individuals and communities living with trauma.

Shavuot All Night Learning Videos and Texts

We invite you to explore the videos and texts from May's virtual tikkun leyl Shavuot, or Shavuot All Night Learning, a joint project from Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

The Reconstructionist Press has reopened!

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Hineinu: Being Here with Truth

Essay: Rabbi Benjamin Barnett reflects on a dilemma of white-identified American Jews: acknowledging the systemic injustice that has oppressed people of color for all of American history and that white-identified Jews have benefited directly from that injustice.

Jews and White Privilege

Adult Education Beit Midrash: Explore a featured essay from Evolve, alongside a discussion and study guide. Free web resource.

From the Podcast Studio

Catch up on the latest episodes of Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience:

Catch up on the latest episodes of Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations:

Havaya Summer Programs

You‘re stuck at home and so are let‘s hang out! Wherever you are in the world, we‘re happy to provide virtual opportunities to gather together, have some fun, and bring the magic of camp into your home. Visit Havaya at Home for upcoming events for you and your kids.

In the News

Here is a selection of recent articles:

The False Choice Between Safety and the Economy

In Seattle’s protest zone, rabbis at chaplaincy table create new rituals to heal

Turning an In-Person Fundraiser Into a Successful Online Event

How to celebrate Shavuot at home

‘We stand in solidarity’: Jewish organizations respond to the protests over George Floyd’s death

LGBT History Month: Astronaut, artists, rapper, rabbi named Icons

When the threat is random, the Jewish response is compassion

With synagogues shuttered, Virtual Shabbat Box offers introspection, inspiration

As a Jew of Color, I Need More People in My Community to Speak Up

Navigating the Coronavirus: Jewish Values to Guide Institutions and Individuals Now

Guarding and Growing Trust in the Time of Corona
Five things I wish white Jewish parents knew about my multiracial Jewish family

Nearly 7,000 People Attend Juneteenth Shabbat Commemoration

‘Car Nidre’ and shofar flash mobs: here’s what the High Holidays might look like

For more recent news articles, please click here.

Public Positions on Current Matters

Here is a selection of our recent public positions on current matters:

500+ Jewish Organizations and Synagogues say: Black Lives Matter

Standing Up for Racial Justice and Against Racial Violence

Support Project Rozana

Reopening Our Institutions

Jewish Clergy Letter in Support of Right to Protest

More than 600 Jewish Clergy Call on the Israeli Government to Abandon Plans for Annexing the West Bank

Ten American Jewish Organizations Send Letter to Gantz, Ashkenazi Opposing Annexation

Annexation Endangers the Security and Democracy of Israel

Letter Regarding COVID-19 Relief Priorities

For all of our positions, click here.

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