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Important Dates

Oct. 31 - Nov. 3
Institute for Prospective Rabbinical Students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Nov. 15-18
Reconstructionist Convention
Registration is open! For more information, scroll down.

A Little Text Study for Board Meetings: Vol. 2...

For the second consecutive year, we’re pleased to share a resource for boards and committees of affiliated communities. It contains monthly, single-page Jewish text handouts for 10 minutes of Torah study at the beginning of meetings. This year, we invited rabbis and cantors across the movement to share a favorite Jewish text. We hope you’ll use and enjoy this resource. Please let us know if you do!

Download A Little Text Study for Board Meetings: Vol. 2 here.

...and A Little Music for Board Meetings

We are also honored to share with you a new melody for a blessing to open board meetings or conduct community business. We commissioned Rabbi Margot Stein, RRC '97, to compose a melody in honor of David Roberts, board chair emeritus and 2018 recipient of our Keter Shem Tov award, to accompany the blessing, which was written by Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz, RRC '97.

Download the audio file, text and sheet music here.

Community Marketing Webinar

Learn the essentials of graphic design and photo editing in our free Community Marketing Webinar on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. EST. This webinar will cover how to design an attractive and practical flyer or newsletter using free online photo editing and graphic design programs. 

Click here to sign up for the webinar.

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.

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. Let us know if your community is reconstructing Judaism in a way that deserves a spotlight.

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

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.

Convention Update

Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018

We look forward to seeing you at Convention on November 15-18 in Philadelphia. Please share the following links with your community:

As a leader of our movement, you can help ensure a successful Convention by encouraging members of your community to register at

For more information, visit or contact Jackie Land at

New Resources

The following articles may be relevant to your work and the work of the other leaders of your community:

Stay connected to the Reconstructionist movement

Encourage your members to stay connected to the greater Reconstructionist community by subscribing to our email newsletters through this link:

If you missed an issue of Leadership Brief or Reconstructing Judaism Today, visit to see the archive of past issues.

Podcasts From Our 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.

Listen to Hashivenu on Spotify or visit Hashivenu for more options.


Episode 18

Rabbi Sandra Lawson, RRC '18, discusses her fear of failure, her fear of being defined by her race or sexual orientation, and how technology, race, identity and sexuality fit into her mission of reaching Jews in new settings.

Listen to #TrendingJewish on Spotify or visit #TrendingJewish for more options.

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

All of our positions are available at, catalogued by date and by topic.

Upcoming Programs

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

If anyone in your community has considered becoming a rabbi, encourage them to attend our Institute for Prospective Rabbinical Students, where they can experience the RRC community firsthand by attending classes, davenning 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. Click here for more information or contact Diana Phillips at 215.576.0800, ext. 145, or by email at

Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018
Nov. 15-18

This year's convention, titled "Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018," will feature learning, singing, dancing, eating and praying. Registration is now open. Check out the convention website for more information and click here to add the event to your calendar.

Reconstructionist Communities and Leaders in the News

Rabbi is latest of many titles for Philly woman (WHYY Radio)

Can A Gay Man Sexually Harass A Woman? (Forward)

Let’s Talk About Death (Tablet)

No Pulpit Required (Baltimore Jewish Times)

Notice the Holy Wherever You Go (eJewish Philanthropy)

Everyone’s Invited (Baltimore Jewish Times)

Olympia synagogue plans ceremony to declare itself a sanctuary for immigrants (The Olympian)

Seeing the Good Within Part of First Step Toward Teshuvah (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent)

Jewish delegation witnesses ‘heartbreaking’ situation at border detention centers and courthouse (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Casting off sins without hurting the environment (Washington Jewish Week)

How to Reach Us:

Tresa Grauer
Assistant Vice President for Affiliate Support
215.576.0800, ext. 144

Taryn Wyron
Tikkun Olam Specialist and Project Director for Reset
215.576.0800, ext. 107

Rabbi Joel Alpert
Director of Rabbinic Placement
215.576.0800, ext. 304

Jacob Weinberg
Affiliate Support Assistant
215.576.0800, ext. 131


Rabbi Maurice Harris
Associate Director of Affiliate Support
215.576.0800, ext. 118

Cyd Weissman
Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Impact
215.576.0800, ext. 257

Jackie Land
Associate Director of Affiliate Support

Rosa Cohen
E-Newsletter Editor
215.576.0800, ext. 120

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