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Be You, Creatively

Opening this summer, Havaya Arts 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 amazing human beings. Check out our camp video, then visit and register your children to join us in Southern California for our inaugural summer!

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. It's why so many campers call it home!

Watch the video, then find out more and register at

From the Podcast Studio
Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience - Episode 4 is live

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.

About Episode 4

According to Rabbi Shefa Gold, “Chant is the bridge between the inner life and the outer expression; between the solitary practice and the shared beauty of fellowship.” She has set verses from Jewish liturgy and from the Hebrew Bible to chants that are both beautiful and meditative.  This episode explores how the ancient practice of chanting can cultivate renewal while bringing traditional liturgy to life. Click here to listen.

If you missed the previous episodes, click here to listen to Episode 1: Shabbat, Episode 2: Teshuvah and Forgiveness and Episode 3: Humor.

Spirit In Practice - Episode 4 is live

Spirit in Practice is a podcast miniseries that explores answers to the question: "Do you wonder how you can show up for these challenging times with compassion, courage, equanimity and joy?"

About Episode 4

A young rabbi wonders how he and his partner might cultivate and nurture spiritual values as they raise their young children. Three religious leaders—Presbyterian minister Bill Borror, Reconstructionist Rabbi Vivie Mayer and Muslim Scholar Homayra Ziad—offer their wisdom as parents and grandparents.

#Trending Jewish: A Weekly Podcast about Everything – Episode 2 is live!

How does Judaism intersect with contemporary culture and illuminate how people live their lives? Hosts Rachael Burgess and Bryan Schwartzman don’t profess to have answers, just a host of questions – some profound, some rather goofy.

About Episode 2

What was Navy life like under the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy? How did it change when that policy ended? Find out from Rabbi Jon Cutler, a 32-year U.S. Navy veteran who lived through it!

Click here to listen to Episode 2.

On the Horizon

Dive deeper into Israel

We are thrilled to announce the Reconstructionist movement’s upcoming Israel trip from March 7-15, 2018!  This isn’t your typical “Israel 101” trip. We will focus on art, music, and politics, delving deep into the complexity of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Click here to learn more and to register for the trip.

Statements from the Movement

In addition to endorsing and co-sponsoring numerous petitions, public letters and statements from aligned organizations, RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities issues its own public statements on several issues, either alone or jointly with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association:

Joint Filing Opposing Anti-LGBTQ Religious Exemptions in Supreme Court Case
National Jewish Letter on DREAM Act

For our previous statements, go to our Public Statements page on

Reconstructionist Voices

The Chosen People? A Film about Jewish Identity

Josh Gippin’s recent documentary, The Chosen People? A Film about Jewish Identity, provides a nuanced and balanced exploration of the concept of “chosenness” as it has evolved from biblical to contemporary times. The film features interviews with the president of RRC, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., RRC ’99, as well as faculty members Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D, RRC ’77, and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D., RRC ’82.

Click here to read more about the film.

A "Week of Fire" for Ner Shalom

Ner Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Cotati, Calif., was hit hard by the October wildfires that devastated parts of Northern California. Congregation Ner Shalom came together to celebrate Simchat Torah, sheltered families who lost their homes in the fire, and connected congregants with trauma counseling services.

Click here to donate to Ner Shalom or read Reb Irwin Keller's beautiful drash about catastrophe, community and healing. 

Innovation and Impact
Register today for the 2017-18 Reconstructionist Learning Networks

Explore the crucial questions of Jewish life that just can’t be Googled. We have another set of Reconstructionist Learning Networks starting in November:  

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

How to Avoid Startup Crash and Burn

Avi Rubel, co-CEO of the incredibly successful startup Honeymoon Israel, discussed his advice for startup leaders with Cyd Weissman: take something that already works and apply it in a new, creative way. Click here to read the article

#MeToo: A Jewish Response to Abuse

At Ritualwell, we acknowledge and bear witness to all of the people who are answering to the #MeToo campaign. We strive to have rituals, poems and ceremonies which are relevant to the issues of our day. Here is a new piece by Devon Spier titled Me Too: A Jewish Response to Abuse.

My Body is an Ark: Created in God's Image

In addition to rituals for life events, Ritualwell features pieces who serve as companions to our weekly Torah portions. Ariana Katz, RRC '18, recently wrote a blog inspired by Parshat Noah which meditates on creation and the body. Click here to read My Body is an Ark.

Ritual Guides

Are you planning your wedding? Did you recently bring home a new baby? Ever thought about how to mark a milestone anniversary? Let our Ritual Guides assist you in creating a meaningful ritual that will create memories for decades to come.

Want to sell your products in the Ritualwell Store?

We welcome proposals from artists and merchants to sell their products in the online Ritualwell Store. Products should be aligned with the Ritualwell mission to enhance people’s experience of Jewish ritual. Please contact Ritualwell ( to discuss your product(s). Include a description of the product(s) you might want to sell and images or a link to view the product(s). We will let you know if we think your product would be a good fit for our store. We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Events

Global Day of Jewish Learning

Nov. 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kol Emet
Yardley, Pa.

Join us for a Global Day of Jewish Learning, featuring brunch, workshops and a keynote presentation by Lori Lefkowitz, Ph.D., on "Joseph and the Character of Masculinity in Judaism and Islam." The talk will be live-streamed around the world at 11 a.m. EST. 

This year's theme will focus on "Beauty and Ugliness." Additional workshop choices include Rabbi Anna Boswell Levy, RRC '06: “#MeToo: On Beauty and the Objectification of Women” and Rabbi Dan Grossman, RRC '78: “Special Needs: Beauty or Ugliness.”

If you’re in the area and would like to attend, please email Jackie Land at jland@rrc.eduClick here for the live-stream link or visit for more details. 

Dec. 3, 2017
1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST

Plenum Representatives and other congregational leaders received important information about the Plenum on November 3rd; this information can also be found online here. If you have any questions about this information, please contact Rabbi Maurice Harris at
Reconstructionists in the News

How to Avoid Startup Crash and Burn (Jeducation World): Cyd Weissman discusses a crucial strategy for entrepreneurial success. 

West Roxbury houses of worship part of faith-based conversation on race in Boston (Wicked Local Roslindale): Rabbi Barbara Penzner, RRC '87, brought a Reconstructionist Jewish perspective to a community gathering focused on racial justice. 

Tikkun Olam on Steroids (The Jewish Week Media Group): Rabbi Joy Levitt, RRC '81, executive director of JCC Manhattan, created the Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility in order to work towards repairing the world. 

Married Rabbis Lead Oseh Shalom (The Baltimore Sun): Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde, RRC '09, and Rabbi Josh Jacobs-Velde, RRC '11, share the pulpit of Oseh Shalom. 

100 Years for Temple B'nai Abraham (Bordentown Current): Congratulations to Temple B'nai Abraham on reaching their 100th anniversary as a congregation!

Words can hurt or bring about blessing and goodness (Jewish News): Rabbi Jason Bonder, RRC '15, meditates on the power of words and the cruelty of slander.

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