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Below, you’ll find a list of all news and blog posts on the site in reverse chronological order.

Recent News

50th Anniversary of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
November 20, 2018

In the scope of Jewish history, a half century is a blip. Yet viewed through our contemporary lens, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s impact has been incalculable, eclipsing our size and resources, reflecting an enduring and bold vision. We’re overjoyed to present a 50th anniversary showcase, a way for you to experience (or relive) the RRC experiment as it has unfolded so far.

At My Synagogue, I’ll Take 20 Mennonites Over One Armed Guard
November 12, 2018

Rabbi Mychal Copeland, RRC ‘00, reflects on the security provided by deep connection.

Statement on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre
October 30, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the devastating losses that a white nationalist domestic terrorist inflicted upon the Jewish community this past Shabbat morning at Tree of Life - Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. Included among the dead and wounded are members of our affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash, which meets there.

Jewish Ethics, #MeToo, and Crowd-Sourced Responsa
September 26, 2018

In 5778, the hashtags #TimesUp #MeToo #GamAni sparked a broad communal conversation about abuses of power on the part of individuals and institutions, within and beyond the Jewish community. The year brought revelations of misconduct among celebrities and government officials, and in Jewish schools, organizations, and synagogues. Now, powerful people who abuse their power are being held accountable, and this is a development that is welcome and long overdue. That doesn’t mean it is easy.

Labor and Faith Leaders Rally in Support of Immigrants
August 27, 2018

Rabbi Mordecai Liebling joined with labor and faith leaders in support of immigrants in an August 15 rally in Philadelphia that drew thousands. 

RRC Graduate Jacob Best Adler Appointed at Belle Mead Synagogue
August 14, 2018

Congregation Kehilat Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Belle Mead, has appointed Rabbi Jacob Best Adler, a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. As a student, Adler co-wrote “The Hamilton Haggadah” with a classmate. The two rewrote Lin-Manuel Miranda’s famous songs to tell the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The project went viral the week before Passover in 2016, and received national media coverage.

Gay and African-American rabbi wants to shatter stereotypes of what a Jew looks like
July 30, 2018

In her position as the newly installed rabbi of West End Synagogue, a Reconstructionist congregation on the Upper West Side, Kennebrae aims to challenge notions of what a Jew looks like.

Rabbi Meets Jews Where They Are Today
June 20, 2018

Newly graduated Rabbi Sandra Lawson was profiled in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent

One Rabbi’s Bipartisan Spiritual Quest: End Corruption in Pennsylvania
June 19, 2018

Rabbi Michael Pollack’s quest to end political corruption in Pennsylvania was profiled in Tablet Magazine.

Rabbinic Students Help Keep Judaism Alive Behind Prison Walls
February 28, 2018

Serving Jewish prisoners in state prison, rabbinic students find new perspectives on freedom and responsibility.