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Join the Tikkun Olam Commission

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

Click here for more information.

Important Dates

Nov. 15-18
Reconstructionist Convention

Convention registration is open! Visit for more information.

Launching a New Community

Rabbi Shelly Barnathan, RRC '15, launched Or Zarua, a spiritual community which focuses on the needs of baby-boomers, with the help of our Auerbach Grant.

Watch the video here.

Online Marketing Webinar

Rosa Cohen, Communications Associate at Reconstructing Judaism, will lead a free webinar on how to send an email blast on July 25 at 2pm EST. 

Click here to sign up for the webinar.

Mazel tov, RRC class of 2018!

Our senior rabbinical students graduated on June 10. We wish them all the best of luck in their future service to the Jewish community. Visit our Facebook page for the full video and photos of the ceremony. 

Pictured above, from left to right: Rabbi Sandra Lawson, Rabbi Emily Cohen, Rabbi Jacob Adler, Rabbi Ariana Katz, Rabbi Nathan Kamesar, Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, Rabbi David Eber, and Rabbi Elyssa Cherney.

Convention Update

Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018

We look forward to seeing you at Convention on November 15-18 in Philadelphia. Please share the following links with your community:

As a leader of our movement, you can help ensure a successful Convention by:

  • Encouraging members of your community to register at
  • Designating a Convention liaison from your community.
  • Providing a community contact who is responsible for music. Please email Jackie Land the name and contact information for the person to whom we can direct all music resources.

For more information, visit or contact Jackie Land at

What are Reconstructionists doing?

Are the members of your community receiving the latest movement news? Is your community curious about how Reconstructionists are making a difference? Do your leaders look for new resources and nuggets of wisdom?

If so, encourage your members to subscribe to our email newsletters. Share this link with your community:

New Resources

2018-19 Reconstructionist Learning Networks

Over 200 people participated in Reconstructionist Learning Networks this year. Let us know the networks you'd like to see next year by emailing Shosh Lovett-Graff. We're already planning networks around everyday mindfulness practices and engaging in civil discourse about challenging topics.

Stay connected by following Reconstructionist Learning Networks on Facebook or check our website for network resources.

eJewish Philanthropy provides valuable articles for Jewish organizations on topics from marketing to community engagement. The following articles may be relevant to your work and the work of the other leaders of your community:

Podcasts From Our Studio

Our podcasts are now available on Spotify. We hope you will consider sharing the links to and explanations of these podcasts with your community.

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.

About Episode 15

Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, an ethnomusicologist and a research professor at Tufts University's music department, discusses the role that music plays both in animating Jewish life and in helping us to cultivate resilience.

Listen to Hashivenu on Spotify or visit Hashivenu for more options.


How does Judaism intersect with contemporary culture and illuminate how people live their lives? Hosts Rachael Burgess and Bryan Schwartzman have a lot of questions, both profound and goofy.

About Episode 14

BimBam’s founder, Sarah Lefton, and executive director, Jordan Gill, explain how they have sought to revolutionize Jewish education through digital storytelling and meaningful screen time.

Listen to #TrendingJewish on Spotify or visit #TrendingJewish for more options.

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:

Joint Statement on Immigration
Jewish Letter on Family Separation
Letter opposing nomination of Ronald Mortensen
Joint Letter Urging Secretary of State to Fill Anti-Semitism Special Envoy Position
Amicus Brief in California vs. Azar

All of our positions are available at, catalogued by date and by topic.

Upcoming Programs

Reconstructionist Convention
Nov. 15-18

This year's convention, titled "Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018," will feature learning, singing, dancing, eating and praying. Registration is now open. Check out the convention website for more information and click here to add the event to your calendar.

Your innovative idea to strengthen your community could win a grant! Apply to be on Reconstructing Shark Tank at our November Convention.

Reconstructionist Communities and Leaders in the News

2017 Baron Book Prize Winner: Rabbi Mira Wasserman (American Academy for Jewish Research)

Parenting And Cognitive Disabilities: Looking To My Son’s Future (New York Jewish Week)

Fight Like a Mensch: Integrated Social Change (eJewish Philanthropy)

New rabbi at Temple Micah drawn to ‘menschy’ community (New Jersey Jewish News)

L’dor Vador: Climate Justice Must Start Now (American Jewish World Service)

Sinai and Synapses Announces 2nd Round of “Scientists in Synagogues” (eJewish Philanthropy)

Israelis Balk At Input From U.S. Jews: Survey (New York Jewish Week)

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How to Reach Us:

Tresa Grauer
Assistant Vice President for Affiliate Support
215.576.0800, ext. 144

Taryn Wyron
Assistant Director of Affiliate Support and Tikkun Olam Specialist
215.576.0800, ext. 107

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

Jacob Weinberg
Affiliate Support Assistant
215.576.0800, ext. 131


Rabbi Maurice Harris
Associate Director of Affiliate Support
215.576.0800, ext. 118

Cyd Weissman
Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Impact
215.576.0800, ext. 257

Jackie Land
Associate Director of Affiliate Support

Rosa Cohen
E-Newsletter Editor
215.576.0800, ext. 120

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