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We Are All Dor Hadash

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, and Elyse Wechterman, executive director of the RRA, visited Pittsburgh to mourn with the families of those lost in the shooting. 

Read the article here.

We have gathered a selection of articles, essays and statements, including ours, on Dor Hadash.

Please see the Ritualwell section and Hashivenu, below, for more.

Leadership Message

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, and Seth Rosen, chair of our board of governors, discuss the value of respectful discourse and holy conversations, especially at our upcoming Convention.

Read the essay here.

Selected events at our Convention on Nov. 15-18 will be live-streamed!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information.
Reconstructionist Voices

In Praise of Movements

Rabbi Toba Spitzer, RRC '97, of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton, Mass., makes the case why the Reconstructionist movement—and all movements of people motivated by ideas—matter. Rabbi Spitzer’s essay, which came out immediately prior to the midterm elections, retains its power even as the memory of Election Day fades. 

Read the article here.

Diving Into the Tank: Spotlighting Social Entrepreneurship Models at Convention

At our upcoming Convention, Reconstructionist entrepreneurs will present their programs to a panel of judges to win funding for their ideas, which range from serving unaffiliated Jews to bringing families together across religions and cultures.

Read the article here.

Learning Opportunities

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations

Evolve is a new initiative of Reconstructing Judaism which seeks to answer the urgent issues of our day. Explore the original essays, videos and curriculum, and add your voice to the conversations.

Reimagining Synagogues and Communities
As the shape and needs of the Jewish community change, Rabbi Rachel Weiss, RRC '09, explores the challenges and creative opportunities this provides.

Read the essay here or read more about Evolve in eJewishPhilanthropy.

Register now for new Reconstructionist Learning Networks

Explore the crucial questions of Jewish life that just can’t be Googled. New networks include:

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

Communal Mourning in a Time of Tragedy

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Pittsburgh, Ritualwell offers prayers to help individuals and communities heal.

Prayer for the Tree of Life Synagogue

How to Pray While the World Burns

Taharot in Pittsburgh

Where God Is

Upcoming Programs

Webinar: A Conversation About Israel's Future
Monday, November 26
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, and Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, will discuss the current state of US-Israel relations, the changing relationship between American Jews and Israel, and the role that we can play in creating change. The views expressed by guests in this webinar are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Reconstructing Judaism. Space is limited to 100 registrants, so please register in advance for this meeting.

From the Podcast Studio

About Episode 18

What's the connection between marathon training and prayer? Can CrossFit shed light on building meaningful communities? Rabbi Deborah Waxman speaks with Rabbi Jason Bonder about the intersection between fitness and spirituality.

Click here to listen to Episode 18.

About Episode 19

The recent shooting attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh has been deeply traumatic. In its aftermath, Rabbi Deborah Waxman shares a personal Jewish practice that sustains her in difficult times, in the hopes that it might help cultivate resilience.

Click here to listen to Episode 19.

Public Positions on Current Matters

Statement Opposing Trump Plan to Curtail Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People
Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre (Oct. 30)
Initial Statement on the Pittsburgh Shootings (Oct. 27)
Responding to Today's Tragedy (Oct. 27)

Click here for our previous statements.

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