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Leadership Message

Curious about what's going on at Reconstructing Judaism? Seth Rosen, chair of our board of governors, discusses the importance of financially supporting rabbis and rabbinical students.

Pittsburgh, One Year Later

Tree of Life survivor Daniel Leger: Paths to healing in the City of Bridges

Dan Leger, the member of Congregation Dor Hadash who was seriously wounded on Oct. 27, 2018 in the Pittsburgh shooting, offers his heartfelt reflections on loss, healing and moving forward.

Coverage and Reaction to the October 2018 Pittsburgh Attack

The October 2018 shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh struck at several communities, including Congregation Dor Hadash, Pittsburgh’s Reconstructionist Community. For a look back and for recent coverage and reaction, please click here.

Divine Justice: A Jewish Perspective

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. speaks about divine justice, good and evil, and God's presence, plans and love in the face of what seems to be unearned suffering. Rabbi Waxman gave this talk at the Chautauqua Institution in New York as part of its "Interfaith Friday" series.

Havaya Summer Programs

Camp Havaya is all about the joy of summer camp with the freedom to be who you truly are. Click here to sign up for Summer 2020.

Havaya Arts is where top-notch arts and summer camp meet. Click here to sign up for Summer 2020.

If you’re 18+ and identify as Jewish, we hope we can count on you to vote for progressive Jewish values in Israel!

The World Zionist Congress Elections are coming soon, and your vote is critical to maintaining a strong progressive Jewish presence in Israel and the United States. Reconstructing Judaism is proud to be running in partnership with the Reform movement as part of the ARZA slate in the 2020 election, as we did 5 years ago.

Voting takes place online and will take less than 90 seconds to participate. Vote ARZA!

Just click here to sign up for a reminder email and instructions once the voting period begins on Jan. 21, 2020. Please invite your friends, family and community to sign up as well!

If you would like to learn more or help organize members of your congregation to commit to vote, email Rabbi Maurice Harris at

Reconstructionist Learning

Join our Reconstructionist Learning mailing list! Be the first to know about upcoming online learning opportunities.

Decluttering through the Jewish Calendar

Ritualwell Immersion: As we liberate ourselves from clutter, we make room for connection with ourselves, with the divine and with others. Webinar with modest fee. 

Cultivating Constructive Conversations about Israel/Palestine

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

Mitzvat Ahavat Erev Rav: Loving the Complexity of Our Identities

Evolve Conversation: Rabbi Jane Litman explores the complexity of holding Jewish identity in relationship to other identities. Free webinar.

“To Live This Utopia, For Moments” & “Healing the Soul and Healing the World”

Evolve Conversation: Discussion will focus on two essays written by members of Combatants for Peace, a group started in 2006 by Israeli and Palestinian former fighters. Free webinar.

From the Podcast Studio

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Season 2, Episode 8: Halleluyah - Fueling Our Social Activism through Gratitude and Praise

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Episode 2: Congregation Planting in Baltimore

In the News

Liberal Jewish groups ask Israeli politicians to oppose West Bank annexation — even if Trump supports it

Congregation Dor Hadash was a target for its immigrant advocacy—and the shooting did not stop that work

Tree of Life survivor Daniel Leger: Paths to healing in the City of Bridges

Recovering from the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history

Atlanta’s New Approach to Interfaith Families

Rabbi Lawson Says Hineni

Detention facility must have civilian oversight to protect immigrants, the faith community says

A connection in Curacao

Upcoming Events

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Bay Area Reconstructionist Shabbaton with Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.

Nov. 22: Shabbat dinner at Or Shalom Jewish Community in San Francisco

Nov. 23: Shabbat morning services at Or Zarua in Berkeley, Calif.

Nov. 23: Dinner and havdalah at Ner Shalom, Cotati, Calif.

Webinar - Kaplanian Surprises: The Educational Roots of our Contemporary Challenges
Dec. 12
1 - 2 p.m. EST

Rabbi Jeffrey Schein, Ph.D. will lead a webinar for congregational lay-leaders interested in learning more about Mordecai Kaplan’s ideas about Jewish education. We will explore how some new issues in our 21st century Jewish educational life can be enriched by core insights drawn from Kaplan’s chapter on Jewish education in Judaism as a Civilization (1934). Join this webinar, co-sponsored by Reconstructing Judaism and the Kaplan Center, and add your voice to the medley of 21st century Jewish voices seeking to make these astounding insights real in our own educational programs. Click here to register.

Save the Date - New York Day of Learning
Jan. 26, 2020
Society for the Advancement of Judaism
New York City
Save the Date - Chesapeake Annual Day of Learning and Celebration
April 19, 2020
Oseh Shalom
Laurel, Md. 

Save the Date - Convention 2022
March 23–27, 2022

Please mark your calendars for the next Reconstructing Judaism convention, which will be held in partnership with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and Havaya Summer Programs.

Convention will take place March 23-27, 2022, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, in McLean, Va., just outside of Washington D.C. Join us to learn, pray, sing, dance, eat and network with other Reconstructionists from all over the world. More information to follow!

Public Positions on Current Matters

Amicus Brief Challenging Excessively-Broad Religious Exemptions for Health Care Employees

Endorsement of HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act

One Year After Pittsburgh, Jews and Allies Pledge Solidarity

Statement Urging Renewal of Violence Against Women Act

Letter to Israeli Political Leadership Opposing Annexation

Statement on Recent Rocket Attacks on Israel

Response to US Policy Shift on Settlement Legality

For our previous statements, click here.

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