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Leadership Message

Curious about what's going on at Reconstructing Judaism? Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, discusses the comfort that communities provide in times of sorrow and the strength they can provide against injustice.

Read the article here.

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.

Reconstructionist Voices

Making Disability Inclusion a Top Priority

With a welcoming ethos and a drive to break down barriers, Reconstructionist congregations and havurot work hard towards full inclusion of people with disabilities.

Read the article here.

The Poor People’s Campaign

Rabbi Elyse Wechterman, RRC '00, executive director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, spoke at a recent protest with the Poor People's Campaign.

Read the article or watch the video here.

Brick by Brick: Identity and Safety

Camp Havaya's inclusivity for people of all identities inspired Ari Dworkin-Cantor, 16, to give a TEDx talk about the urgent need for more safe spaces for LGBT+ youth.

Watch their talk here.

L'dor Vador: Climate Justice for Future Generations

Rabbi Fred Dobb, RRC '97, of Adat Shalom in Bethesda, Md., connects traditional Jewish liturgy to the importance of supporting efforts to save the climate today.

Read the article here.

Bipartisan Spiritual Quest to End Corruption

Michael Pollack, RRC '17, was inspired by his education at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to start the March on Harrisburg, which fights corruption in Pennsylvania.

Read the article here.

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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.

Watch the video, then find out more and register at

Be You, Creatively

Havaya Arts (California) 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 human beings.

Watch the video, then find out more and register at

Innovation and Impact

Shabbat for Fair Trade

Inspired by her work in our Fair Trade Reconstructionist Learning Network, Jessica Herrmann of Repair the World Philadelphia crafted a Fair Trade Shabbat dinner for a night of Jewish learning, locally-sourced food and thought-provoking conversations about ethical purchasing.

Read the article here.

Rabbis as Entrepreneurs

Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Impact, teaches rabbis how to change the world through social entrepreneurship.

Click here to read more.

To read more interviews with Jewish entrepreneurs and community-builders, visit or subscribe to our EdgeBlog.

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.

Ritualwell Seminar: How to Forgive

Ritualwell is pleased to announce a new online course starting in August, led by Rabbi Vivian Mayer, RRC '96, Director of our Beit Midrash and Mekhinah preparatory program.

Through classic Jewish texts, including the stories of Judah, Tamar and King David, we will explore the complicated path toward forgiveness. We will reflect on how these ancient texts can move us to confront obstacles and take steps to finding a path toward forgiveness in a contemporary heart.

Click here for more information or to register.

Statements from the Movement

Reconstructing Judaism endorses and co-sponsors numerous petitions, public letters and statements from aligned organizations and also issues its own public statements on occasion. 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
Letter of Concern Regarding Human Rights in Burma

Click here for our previous statements.

Upcoming Events

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

This year's convention will feature learning, singing, dancing, eating and praying. Click here to register. We look forward to seeing you there.

From the Podcast Studio
Our podcasts are now on Spotify!

Click here to listen to Hashivenu and #Trending Jewish.

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 and communal renewal.

Click here to listen to Episode 15: Singing Together.

#Trending Jewish: A Jewish Podcast about Everything

How does Judaism intersect with contemporary culture and illuminate how people live their lives? Our hosts don’t profess to have answers, just a host of questions, both profound and goofy.

Click here to listen to Episode 15.

Reconstructionists in the News

Rabbi Meets Jews Where They Are Today (Philadelphia Jewish Exponent)

Zwischen Bima und Hörsaal (Between Bima and Lecture Hall) (Jüdische Allgemeine) [article about Rabbi Birgit Elke Klein, RRC '17, written in German]

Letter from America: RFK's Finest Moment (The Jerusalem Post)

Fences, Barriers, and Walls: A Personal Rabbinic Reflection (The Jerusalem Post)

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