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Reconstructionist Voices

G-dliness, Faith in Humanity and Surviving 9/11

On Sept. 11, 2001, Reconstructionist movement leader Jonathan Markowitz descended 85 flights in One World Trade Center. Read his intensely personal story of survival, as well as how the experience has shaped his understanding of God, Judaism and humanity.

Reconstructionist Rabbis and Rabbinical Students Engage Those Seeking Connection and Meaning

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College's Auerbach Entrepreneurial Grant Program offers students and recent graduates the funding, supervision and mentorship to practice social entrepreneurship and turn ideas into reality.

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

Upcoming Events

Webinar - Women, Judaism, and Israel
Sept. 10
12:30 p.m. Eastern

The issue of gender segregation in Israel, along with other women’s status issues, such as “modesty standards,” marriage and divorce laws, and equal opportunities generally, is tightly interwoven with the question of Jewish religious law, the role it should or shouldn’t play in Israeli society, and how it is regarded and interpreted by the adherents of the various streams of Judaism.

The conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., President of Reconstructing Judaism. This webinar is co-hosted by Reconstructing Judaism and Partners for a Progressive Israel. Register here.

Webinar - A Year with Mordecai Kaplan: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion
Sept. 10
4 p.m. Eastern

Have you resolved to spend 5780 delving more deeply into Torah or learning more about Reconstructionism? Do both with A Year with Mordecai Kaplan: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion, by Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. Rabbi Reuben will discuss his book in a free webinar on a Sept. 10, 4–5 p.m. Eastern. Register here.

Webinar - Voice, Water, Place: New/Old Ways of Understanding God
Sept. 10
8 p.m. Eastern

How can exploring the theory and wealth of metaphors for the divine in Jewish tradition help us to address God in prayer authentically and with a full heart? Join Rabbi Toba Spitzer and Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D., for a discussion of Rabbi Spitzer's “Voice, Water, Place: New/Old Ways of Understanding God” on September 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Register here.

Social, Emotional and Spiritual Learning in Jewish Education Conference
Oct. 24
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern
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. 

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!

From the Podcast Studio

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Season 2, Episode 5: Raising Our Voices

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Listen to a preview now!

Public Positions on Current Matters

Brief Asking Federal Court to Reverse Ruling Allowing Strip Searches of Female Inmates As Training Exercise

Jewish Rohingya Justice Network Letter to Under Secretary Mandelker

Statement on Israeli Government Decision to Bar Entry to Reps. Omar and Tlaib

Statement on Violence Against Jewish Protesters at ICE Detention Center

Rabbi Deborah Waxman co-authors op-ed on xenophobic dangers and democratic hopes in Israel and U.S.

Statement on El Paso and Dayton Attacks

Joint Letter on Refugee Policy

For our previous statements, click here.

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