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Leadership Message

Curious about what's going on at Reconstructing Judaism? Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, discusses the value of belonging to the Jewish people, to a synagogue, and to the Reconstructionist movement.

Read the article here.

Reconstructionist Voices

Living the Mission

Temple Emmanuel in Wakefield, Mass., engages with the past and searches for a meaningful present by gathering as a community to reach a consensus on liturgical and practical issues.

Read the article here.

Interview with Rabbi Deborah Waxman

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, was interviewed by Israel's i24 News about our new organizational identity and our goals for the future of Reconstructionist Judaism.

Watch the interview here.

Innovation and Impact

2018 Reconstructionist Learning Networks

Explore the crucial questions of Jewish life that just can’t be Googled, including:

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

Entrepreneurial True Grit

Ariana Katz, a 2018 Auerbach Grant recipient, discusses how love can fuel an entrepreneur through challenges.

Click here to read more.

To read more interviews with Jewish entrepreneurs who are building thriving communities, visit or subscribe to our EdgeBlog.

Consider marking your birthday, anniversary or other special occasion with a Facebook fundraiser for Reconstructing Judaism! It's easy. Click here for a step-by-step how-to guide.

From the Podcast Studio

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal and communal renewal.

Click here to listen to Episode 11: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).

#Trending Jewish: A Jewish Podcast about Everything

How does Judaism intersect with contemporary culture and illuminate how people live their lives? Our hosts don’t profess to have answers, just a host of questions, both profound and goofy.

Click here to listen to Episode 11.

Graphic from this year's Graduation Program, by Rabbi Me'irah Illinksy, '07.

Congratulations to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's class of 2018! Graduation will be held on Sunday, June 10, at Beth Am in Abington, Pa.

To RSVP, email

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 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 at

Support Innovative Jewish Rituals

Ritualwell is running our second annual Count the Omer Fundraising Campaign! We are posting new content for each day of the Omer as we celebrate the important work we do all year long.

Donate today to support this essential resource or find Omer inspiration here.

Statements from the Movement

Reconstructing Judaism endorses and co-sponsors numerous petitions, public letters and statements from aligned organizations and also issues its own public statements on occasion. 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 Recent Violence on Gaza Border
Responding to Recent Events Involving Israel’s African Asylum Seekers

Click here for our previous statements.

Upcoming Events

Chesapeake Day of Learning
April 15
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Adat Shalom Congregation
Bethesda, Md. 

Join us for a day of Jewish learning, featuring a keynote speaker, follow-up workshops and activities for the body, mind and spirit! Click here for more information and to register. 

J Street Conference: A Voice for Today, a Vision for Tomorrow
April 14-17
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

If you are planning on attending the J Street conference on the Israel/Palestine peace process, please join us for the Reconstructionist Movement’s Caucus and Breakfast on Sunday, April 15 at 8:30 am in the Executive Room. Check your program or posted signage for location.  Everyone associated with, enthusiastic or curious about the Reconstructionist movement are invited to meet, mingle and hear movement updates. Rabbi Deborah Waxman will bring movement greetings and a report from the recent Reconstructionist Israel trip.

Reconstructionist Convention
Nov. 15-18

This year's convention, titled "Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018," will feature learning, singing, dancing, eating and praying. Click here for more information or add the event to your calendar. 

Reconstructionists in the News

Does The Torah Require Us To Publicize Names Of Sexual Abusers? (Forward)

God and Her (Female) Clergy (New York Times)

Sanctuary Synagogues Growing as Needs Deepen (New York Jewish Week)

Passover, #metoo, and a Mirror on the Seder Plate (eJewish Philanthropy)

Jew, Too? Southern Jewish Conversations (My Jewish Learning)

Keeping the Faith: Religion and Immigration (Diffusion [podcast])

Schusterman Announces Fourth Cohort of Fellowship Program (eJewish Philanthropy)

Roasting Rabbi Coffee Is Here To Change Your Life, One Blessed Cup At A Time (Forward)

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