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Rabbi and students at Temple B'nai Abraham, circa 1929.
Important Dates

March 7-15, 2018
Reconstructionist Movement Israel Trip

June 18, 2018
First session of Havaya Arts begins

June 24, 2018
First session of Camp Havaya begins

Nov. 15-18, 2018
Reconstructionist Convention

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New Resources

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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
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
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: 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.

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.

#Trending Jewish

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 the latest episode, Bryan and Rachael discuss the relevance of Jewish blessings with Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D., and storyteller/puppeteer Marilyn Price. Click here to listen.

Public Positions on Current Matters

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:

Statement on Use of Force Against Reform Leaders at the Kotel
Reconstructionist Statement on Trump Announcement Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital

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

Upcoming Programs

Reconstructionist Weekend
Jan. 19-21, 2018
Or Shalom Jewish Community
625 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco

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

LGBT Spirituality & Spiritual Violence Mini Series
Feb. 5, 2018, 7 p.m.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W. Maple St.
Allentown, Penn.

The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center's LGBT Spirituality & Spiritual Violence Mini-Series will begin with a presentation by Rabbi Deborah Waxman. The mini-series will be moderated by Rev. Beth Goudy and funded by E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Click here to RSVP.

Reconstructionist Convention
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. 

Recon Communities and Leaders in the News

Synagogue’s Mix of Arts and Religion Helps Shape Jewish Life in Washington (New York Times): Rabbi Shira Stutman, RRC '07, creates a thriving Jewish community through an innovative synagogue model at Sixth and I in Washington, D.C.

Welcome the Stranger Both Within and Outside Ourselves (Jewish Exponent): Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg, RRC '86, explores the path of lovingkindness in Judaism through biblical stories about offering hospitality to strangers. 

Remember the Outsider When Pondering Thanksgiving’s Meaning (Jewish Exponent): Rabbi Joshua Waxman, RRC '03, compares the story of Jacob to the experiences of immigrants to the United States.

Ultra-Busy Leader Stops to Gain Perspective (Jeducation World): Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Impact at RRC/JRC, interviews Avi Deutsch, a successful Jewish entrepreneur. 

How to Reach Us:

Tresa Grauer, Assistant Vice President for Affiliate Support;; 215.576.0800, ext. 144
Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Impact;; 215.576.0800, ext. 257
Rabbi Joel Alpert, Director of Rabbinic Placement;; 215.576.0800, ext. 304
Jackie Land, Associate Director of Affiliate Support;; 302.500.0863
Rabbi Maurice Harris, Associate Director of Affiliate Support;; 215.576.0800, ext. 118
Taryn WyronAssistant Director of Affiliate Support and Tikkun Olam Specialist;; 215.576.0800, ext. 107
Dara GaltmanAffiliate Support Assistant;; 215.576.0800, ext. 131
Rosa Cohen, Editor of Leadership Brief and Reconstructionism Today;; 215.576.0800, ext. 120

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