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Leadership Message

Curious about what's going on at Reconstructing Judaism? Seth Rosen, chair of our board of governors, discusses how the Reconstructionist movement is actively shaping the future of Judaism.

Read the article 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. Join us as we spotlight ways that our affiliated communities and individuals are reconstructing elements of Judaism, infusing them with new relevancy, purpose and meaning.

This month's spotlight is on Reconstructing Jewish Identity: Conversion as Reclaiming.

Reconstructionist Voices

Building Community, Shattering Stereotypes

Rabbi Georgette Kennebrae, RRC '17, was recently installed as the spiritual leader of West End Synagogue in New York.

Read the interview here.

The Cost of Free Programming

RRC student Ari Witkin examines how the Jewish community's offering of free and heavily subsidized programs has shaped attitudes and expectations.

Read the article here.

Learning and Leadership Opportunities

Join the Tikkun Olam Commission

Our Tikkun Olam Commission is seeking new members who are passionate about social justice and reflect the diversity of the movement. Apply by August 10.

Click here for more information.

Bekhol Derakheha Da'ehu: Jewish Spiritual Direction Training

We invite you to take our new course in Jewish Spiritual Direction Training. This program, which requires some travel to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa., is a wonderful opportunity for professional growth and personal transformation. Through reflection, practice and response, spiritual directors support people to cultivate their inner lives and deepen their connection with others, with creation and with the Source of Life.

Please visit this link for an application or contact Rabbi Jacob Staub for additional information. Apply by August 31.

Innovation and Impact
Reconstructing Shark Tank

Your innovative idea to strengthen your community could win a $3,000, $5,000, or $8,000 grant! Apply to be on Reconstructing Shark Tank at our Convention on Nov. 15-18 in Philadelphia.

Reconstructing Shark Tank is a playful, inspiring and informative variation of the ABC television program Shark Tank.

New Mah Tovu Melody

Rabbi Annie Lewis, Director of Rabbinic Formation at Reconstructing Judaism, and Rabbi Yosef Goldman wrote a new melody for the morning prayer Mah Tovu to inspire greater compassion for all of humanity.

Watch the video or read the article here.

Elul: Reflecting and Returning

Ritualwell offers a new teshuvah practice from artist D'vorah Horn to guide daily contemplation, prayer and personal expression for the month of Elul through Yom Kippur.

Click here for more information or to order.

Be a Facebook Fundraiser for Reconstructing Judaism

Consider marking your birthday, anniversary or other special occasion with a Facebook fundraiser for Reconstructing Judaism!

It's easy. Click here.

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:

Statement on Israel's Passage of Nation State Law

Click here for our previous statements.

Upcoming Events

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

If you've ever considered becoming a rabbi, this is the moment. Now, more than ever, the world needs extraordinary Jewish leaders. Join us for the Institute to experience the RRC community firsthand by attending classes, davenning (praying) 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. To learn more, please contact Rabbi David Dunn Bauer at 215.576.0800, ext. 123, or by email at

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

Convention is filling up fast!  We have over 400 people registered. Click here to register. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, contact Jackie Land.

From the Podcast Studio
Our podcasts are now on Spotify!

Click here to listen to Hashivenu and #Trending Jewish.

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 Reconstrucitng Judaism.

Click here to listen to Episode 16: Multifaith Encounters.

#Trending Jewish: A Jewish Podcast about Everything

Episode 17: Rabbi Mira Wasserman delves into the ethical questions raised by the #MeToo movement, including the ongoing challenges of speaking up against wrongdoing and shifting a culture towards believing victims who share stories of abuse.

Click here to listen to Episode 17.

Reconstructionists in the News

Jews join in solemn immigration protest (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Protesters Mark Tisha B’Av Fast with Immigration Rally (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent)

Setting Down Roots On The Upper West Side (New York Jewish Week)

Gay and African-American rabbi wants to shatter stereotypes of what a Jew looks like (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

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