Rabbi Josh Waxman, RRC '03, has been Or Hadash's rabbi for 13 years.
Rabbi Saul Oresky, RRC '13, will be installed at Mishkan Torah on Dec. 17.
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We are thrilled to announce the Reconstructionist movement’s upcoming trip to Israel from March 7-15, 2018. This trip will focus on art, music and politics, delving deep into the complexity of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. We invite you to share the itinerary and registration form with your community.
Camp Havaya (Pennsylvania) is an incredibly diverse and welcoming community where campers are encouraged to discover what being Jewish means to them—no matter who they are or where they come from. We hope you will share the video with your community. Camp Havaya will start on June 24, 2018. More information is available at CampHavaya.org.
Havaya Arts (California) is a high-quality arts and summer camp experience. Havaya Arts aims to be a joyful, welcoming and progressive Jewish community where campers grow as intentional artists and human beings. We hope you will share the video with your community. Havaya Arts will start on June 18, 2018. More information is available at HavayaArts.org.
Podcasts From Our Studio
RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities built a professional podcast studio to launch two podcast series: Hashivenu and #Trending Jewish. We hope you will consider sharing the links and explanations to these podcasts with your community.
Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.
In the latest episode, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum reflects on the extraordinary work of her community, and how it embodies the fundamental connection between spiritual life and social activism. Click here to listen.
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 lot of questions—some profound and some rather goofy.
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. Here are the statements we have issued and public letters we have signed onto since October, either alone or jointly with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association:
Jan. 19-21, 2018
Or Shalom Jewish Community
625 Brotherhood Way
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities, will speak about "Reconstructionism and Resilience" at an evening reception at Or Shalom. The weekend will also feature Friday night services, the second San Francisco Women's March, and a discussion about current events. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lillian Markind at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBT Spirituality & Spiritual Violence Mini Series
Feb. 5, 2018, 7 p.m.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W. Maple St.
Nov. 15-18, 2018
This year's convention, titled "Rooted and Relevant: A 2018 Reconstructionist Conversation," will feature learning, singing, dancing, eating and praying. We hope you will encourage your clergy, congregants, board leaders and staff to attend. Click here to add the event to your calendar.
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