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Building our Community of Communities

In this brief video, Seth Rosen, chair of our board of governors, discusses the role Reconstructing Judaism plays in supporting and connecting Reconstructionist communities and amplifying our collective Reconstructionist voice.

Evolve Web Conversations

Augment your community programming with free web-based conversations produced by Evolve, an initiative of Reconstructing Judaism. Through March and April, you and the members of your community are welcome to join groundbreaking, constructive and respectful web-based conversations about urgent issues of concern facing the Jewish community.

Spring 2019 topics include:

Please feel free to share this information and registration link with your community: Bit.Ly/EvolveWeb2019

Alumni Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

We welcome you to enjoy a special audio series celebrating the first 50 years of RRC.

This month we invite you to listen to the third part of the series: Third Shelf Down. To listen to the whole series, click here.

New Resources

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

Help amplify Reconstructionist values in the world by sharing our News Professionals Resource Page with any journalists you might know. The page helps them tap into movement expertise at Reconstructing Judaism.

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.

Please let your community know that registration is open for our Havaya Summer Programs, including Camp Havaya, Havaya Arts, and Havaya Israel.
Upcoming Events

Trans Jews are Here: A Convening
Hosted by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
March 29 - 31
New York

Trans and non-binary Jewish individuals are welcome to come celebrate and explore the intersection of transgender identity and Jewish life. Hosted by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah with Keshet, the convening includes Shabbat experiences, workshops, panels, discussions, presentations, and performances.

Chesapeake Annual Day of Learning
Hosted by Reconstructing Judaism
March 31
2:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Oseh Shalom
Laurel, Md.

Join us for Jewish learning, a reception, Celebration of Honorees and dinner at the Chesapeake Annual Day of Learning at Oseh Shalom in Laurel, Md.

Reconstructionists in the News

Reconstructing Pluralism through Conversation

Including People with Special Needs in Religious Life

Jewish Ethics Conference Gathers Academics, Rabbis and Communal Leaders to Explore Contemporary Questions in a Jewish Framework

How Jewish summer camps are talking about consent in the age of #MeToo

Green New Deal draws heated Jewish responses to addressing climate change

U.S. Jewish Groups Slam Israeli Decision to Let Kahanist Party Run in Election

Public Positions on Current Matters

Statement on New Zealand Mosque Attacks
Amicus Brief Affirming Boston Policy Against Endorsing Religious Symbols
Letter on Religious Discrimination in Foster Care
Letter Opposing Restrictions on Food Aid
Kahanists are a Danger to Israelis and Israeli Democracy
Invitation to Support Israelis Opposing Kahanists in Knesset

Click here for our previous statements.

How to Reach Us:

Tresa Grauer
Vice President for Thriving Communities
215.576.0800, ext. 144

Jackie Land
Associate Director of Affiliate Support

Micah Guerin Weiss
Assistant Director of Affiliate Support/Tikkun Olam Specialist
215.576.0800, ext. 155

Jacob Weinberg
Affiliate Support Assistant
215.576.0800, ext. 131


Rabbi Maurice Harris
Associate Director of Affiliate Support and Israel Affairs Specialist
215.576.0800, ext. 118

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

Rosa Cohen
E-Newsletter Editor
215.576.0800, ext. 120

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