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Leadership Message

Curious about what's going on at Reconstructing Judaism? Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president of Reconstructing Judaism, offers a 2020 organizational update.
União Israelita Sefaradita Ijuí

We are pleased to welcome União Israelita Sefaradita Ijuí, our newest affiliate, into the Reconstructionist movement! Led by Rabbi Albo Berro, this community of about 30 households emphasizes Jewish study, promotes inclusive community, and has a strong interest in Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan's work and Reconstructionist values. To learn more, please read this article or visit their Facebook page (in Portuguese).

Reconstructionist Voices

Welcoming a Guest Into a Sanctuary Congregation

Rabbi Seth Goldstein of Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, Wash., a sanctuary congregation, describes the process of his community welcoming a guest into physical sanctuary. Rabbi Goldstein is the president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Collaboration Across Difference: An Innovation Power Tool

Cyd Weissman explains five steps for collaboration across difference. Weissman is vice president for Innovation and Impact at Reconstructing Judaism.

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Getting Arrested

Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of Bnai Keshet, N.J., reflects on 2020 and civil disobedience in support of democracy. Rabbi Elliot Tepperman is the incoming president of the RRA.

New Home for Havaya Arts

We are excited to share with you that the new home for our Havaya Arts summer program is Scripps College in Claremont, Calif.! To learn more about the fantastic new campus, please click here.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Students Offer New Visions for Understanding

The Auerbach Entrepreneurial Grant program offers RRC students and recent graduates the funding, supervision and support to engage in social entrepreneurship and to turn innovative ideas into reality. Read about two new grant recipients' projects.

Forces of Nature

We are pleased to present a column from the Reconstructionist Educators of North America (RENA). Tara Galtman, director of lifelong learning at Congregation Beth Evergreen in Denver, discusses the ups and downs her congregation has experienced on the road to becoming more environmentally friendly.

Reconstructionist Learning

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

Into the Depths: Exploring Ritual Immersion in the Mikveh

Ritualwell Immersion: How can we reconstruct the mikveh to find relevance in ritual immersion in today's world? Webinar series with modest fee. 

Ritualwell Immersion: Dive deep into practices that bring us closer to a relationship with the Divine: Jewish mindfulness meditation, lovingkindness meditation, chanting and spiritual direction. Webinar series with modest fee.

Ritualwell Immersion: Reading and writing poetry can create sanctuary, a welcoming place to hear and reveal one's own inner voice. Webinar series with modest fee.

Ritualwell Immersion: Whether your wedding plans are traditional or alternative, this course will provide the tools you need to make your big day meaningful, sacred, and reflective of who you are. Webinar series with modest fee.

Learning Network: What are the various ways an art practice can relate to, resonate with and become Jewish practice? Free webinar series.

Preparing Our Communities for Conversations About Race

Evolve Adult Education Beit Midrash: Explore a featured essay from Evolve, alongside a discussion and study guide. Free web resource.

New Video: Global Day of Jewish Learning 2019

Watch Rabbi David A Teutsch, Ph.D.'s discourse on constructive conversations from the Global Day of Jewish Learning in Nov. 2019. Rabbi Teutsch is a professor emeritus at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Promoting Progressive Jewish Values in Israel

All those who are 18+ and identify as Jewish are eligible to vote in the upcoming World Zionist Congress elections, which are critical to promoting progressive Jewish values in Israel. Reconstructing Judaism is proud to be running in partnership with the Reform movement as part of the ARZA slate in the 2020 election, as we did 5 years ago.

You and members of your community can vote online NOW until March 11. Voting takes less than 90 seconds. Please remember to invite your community to vote ARZA!

If you would like to learn more or help organize members of your congregation to commit to vote, email Rabbi Maurice Harris, RRC ’03, Associate Director for Thriving Communities and Israel Affairs Specialist, at

Havaya Summer Programs

Camp Havaya is all about the joy of summer camp with the freedom to be who you truly are. Click here to sign up for Summer 2020.

Havaya Arts is where top-notch arts and summer camp meet. Click here to sign up for Summer 2020.

We want your input on what you'd like to see and experience in our next Convention! Please take a moment to let us know through our Virtual Suggestion Box for Convention 2022.

From the Podcast Studio

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience

Season 3, Episode 2: Living in Beloved Community. Guest: Rabbi Sara Luria.

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Episode 4: Slavery and Its Atonement — The Jewish Obligation to Confront Slavery’s Legacy. Guest: Rabbi Toba Spitzer.

In the News

What The Torah Can Teach Us About Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month This February

Fiddler on the Roof and Trump’s Executive Order

Trump’s expected executive order on campus anti-Semitism draws praise and concern

The reason for this major New York rally is violence against Hasidic Jews. But will they go?

In 2020, Make Your New Year’s Resolution Getting Arrested

Following Our Faith, Marshaling Our Resources to Solve Homelessness in New York City

Havdalah: Time to get to work!

One Synagogue’s Experience with a Racial Justice Discussion Group

Twenty-Sided Dreidel

Could A Third Israeli Election Hinge On Religious Pluralism?

An American Hiloniut

Embracing What It Means to Be Jewish, and…

Auschwitz is the Teacher: Holocaust Lessons for the Climate Crisis

On Human Rights Day, 70 Jewish Communities Start Confronting Racism

Hateful graffiti, swastikas upset culture of acceptance on Wheaton campus in Norton

Family, activists gather to honor the nearly 80 victims of fatal gun violence in Allegheny County in 2019

Upcoming Events

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Reconstructing Judaism in Southern California - Save the Dates

Shabbat Worship and Discussion on Reconstructionism
March 27
University Synagogue
Irvine, Calif.

Shabbat worship and discussion with Rabbi Arnie Rachlis, RRC '75 of University Synagogue and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., RRC '99, president of Reconstructing Judaism, on “Reconstructionist Judaism: The Past, Present and Future of the Reconstructionist Movement.” A d'var torah will be offered by Rabbi Yael Ridberg, RRC '97, of Congregation Dor Hadash.

Shabbat Services and Day of Community
March 28
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PDT
Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue
Malibu, Calif.

Shabbat services and day of community featuring small group sessions with key Reconstructing Judaism staff and lay leaders at Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, Malibu, Calif.

Havdalah and Dessert Reception
March 28
7:30 p.m. PDT
Kehillat Israel
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Please join us for havdalah and dessert reception with Rabbi Amy Bernstein, RRC '97, senior rabbi of Kehillat Israel; Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, rabbi emeritus of Kehillat Israel; and Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., RRC '99, president of Reconstructing Judaism.

Chesapeake Annual Celebration and Day of Learning - Save the Date
April 19
Oseh Shalom
Laurel, Md.

This year's theme will be Reconstructionism Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Our keynote speaker will be Rabbi Jacob Staub, Ph.D.

Convention 2022 - Save the Date
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

Letter Opposing Racial Profiling of Pregnant People Seeking to Enter U.S.

Statement on Trump Proposal on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Letter from Jewish Rohingya Justice Network to Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Interfaith Open Letter: Stephen Miller Must Resign

Amicus Brief Opposing Overbroad Exemptions to ACA Contraception Mandate

Statement on Hanukkah Antisemitic Attacks

Progressive Israel Network Commends Passage of House Resolution 326 Opposing Annexation, Supporting Two-State Solution

Statement Against Cut in Nutritional Aid

US Jewish Movements: President Trump Must Fire Stephen Miller

Interfaith Letter in Support of Title X Funding

Amicus Brief Opposing Forcing States to Fund Religious Education

Resolution on Rohingya Genocide

For our previous statements, click here.

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