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Leadership Message

Seth Rosen, chair of the board of governors, and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism recently visited Congregation Dor Hadash in Pittsburgh. We invite you to read Seth's dvar torah and an op-ed he and Deborah co-wrote to explain the beauty of a lay-led congregation to reporters and Jewish community leaders.

Articles, Essays and Statements on the Shooting in Pittsburgh

The October, 2018 attack on Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh struck at several communities meeting there. Among them was Congregation Dor Hadash, Pittsburgh’s Reconstructionist Community. We’ve gathered a selection of resources on the attack and its aftermath, and our continuing support and solidarity for the Dor Hadash community. 

Reconstructionist Voices

Music of the Movement

Reconstructionist Jews are creating beautiful music. In this video, watch and listen to some of the musical highlights from our 2018 Convention and learn about Kolot Zimrah, a new online community where Reconstructionist musicians share their latest creations with the world. Click here to watch the video.

Need to Take a Breath at Work?

Cyd Weissman, vice president for Innovation and Impact at Reconstructing Judaism, finds daily moments of peace and clarity through Reset: Spiritual Practices for Activists, an initiative from Reconstructing Judaism that aims to increase the resilience of Jewish social justice leaders and their organizations.

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Introducing the new Evolve podcast

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations is a multichannel initiative that tackles topics that matter in a nuanced and respectful manner. Check out the first episode of our new Evolve podcast and become immersed in a discussion about the possibilities of Jewish community today.

Episode 1: Reimagining Synagogues and Communities

Online Learning Opportunities

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

Decluttering through the Jewish Calendar

When we clear out our physical space we make room for connection: with ourselves, with the divine and with others. Join us for a monthly webinar series to support you in the process of liberating yourself from clutter. For more information or to register, click here.

Ethical Eating: Jewish Food History, Values and Ritual

What can we do to make sure we are in alignment with ethical and conscious eating today? Join us for a monthly webinar series to deepen your understanding of the significance of our food choices throughout Jewish history. For more information or to register, click here.

Entrepreneurship for Individuals and Nonprofits

Creating Celebratory Spaces
for Kids

From the Podcast Studio

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Season 2, Episode 7: Discernment and Renewal at the High Holidays

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Episode 1: Reimagining Synagogues and Communities

Upcoming Events

View all upcoming events at

Social, Emotional and Spiritual Learning in Jewish Education Conference
Oct. 24
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
New York City

Explore how educators can adopt a coaching approach—where skills, teamwork, and positive motivation take center stage—to integrating social, emotional, and spiritual learning (SESL), positive character growth, and Jewish learning at this conference produced by Reconstructing Judaism, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish Theological Seminary and Social Emotional Learning Alliance for the United States.

Click here for more information or contact Dr. Evie Rotstein, Director of the New York School of Education, at 212.824.2208 or

Institute for Prospective Rabbinical Students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Nov. 13-15

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 Rabbi Melissa Heller, Director of Admissions and Recruitment, at or 215.876.0800 ext. 123.

Global Day of Jewish Learning - Live-Streamed or In-Person
Nov. 17, 2019
In-person: 12 p.m. EST at Congregation Beth Israel, Media, Pa.
Online: 1 p.m. at

We welcome you to live-stream or attend a talk by Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D., on “Feedback that Works: The Art of Tochecha.” The talk will begin with what Rambam (Maimonides) says about the obligation to offer rebuke and what makes such conversations effective, consider some contemporary situations that need our feedback and talk about how we overcome our internal resistance to addressing wrongdoing. Click here for more information.

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

Statement Opposing Netanyahu’s Annexation Pledge

For our previous statements, click here.

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