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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

‘We are all accountable’: Maryland’s Jewish community protests ICE in Howard County - Rabbi Ariana Katz ('18)
August 12, 2019

“We are all accountable for the violence that happens at our borders,” Katz said. “Showing up for others is actually an action you can do in a world that feels powerless.”


Rabbi Rachel Weiss ('09) was a keynote speaker at Evanston's first Pride Fest.
August 6, 2019

Keynote speakers included Rabbi Rachel Weiss of Evanston’s Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. Weiss was raised in Evanston and said she is the town’s first lesbian rabbi. “I came back after college and my wife and I got married here in Evanston at the synagogue where I am now rabbi,” Weiss said.


A nesting chain of dependencies - Rabbi Leiah Moser (‘17)
August 6, 2019

“I was very interested in Kaplan’s approach to Judaism as an evolving religious civilization, and the idea that it is a manifestation of Jews and what we believe and how we believe, not the other way around. It is not that we are Torah, and therefore we are Jews. It is more that we are Jews, and therefore there is Torah.”


Out rabbi to begin tenure at local synagogue - Rabbi Alanna Sklover (‘13)
July 23, 2019

A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College with a specialization in the congregational rabbinate, Sklover said she identifies with the strong sense of community and inclusion that the Or Hadash congregation cultivates. 


Tai chi with tefillin: Inside New York’s quirkiest yeshiva
July 22, 2019

“Parts of it feels radically different,” said Lily Solochek, a rabbinical student who began studying at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary and is now a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.


Meet the young Jews chanting ‘Never again!’ and blocking streets to shut down Trump’s camps
July 17, 2019

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Never Again Action’s July 2019 demonstrations against refugee detainment camps, featuring rabbinical student Lizzie Horn.


Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner ('16) Featured in Moving Video from Avodah Service Corps
July 11, 2019

This video recounts a pre-rabbinical school experience of Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner, who graduated in 2016.


Rabbi Ariana Katz ('18) Weaves Her Mark Into Jewish Podcasting with “Thread”
June 27, 2019

The first thing you should know about Rabbi Ariana Katz is that she’s a total badass. She’s a founding rabbi of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebel, a radical Jewish collective (check out their website). She’s worked at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights and even as a chaplain at Planned Parenthood.


Rabbi Alex Weissman ('17) "An Advocate for Social Justice and Civil Rights"
April 12, 2019

Rabbi Alex Weissman is the senior Jewish educator at Brown RISD Hillel, where he says he has the pleasure of drinking a lot of coffee and learning a lot of Torah with and from his students. He agreed to answer a few questions as part of Jewish Rhode Island’s ongoing effort to introduce community leaders.


Faculty Member Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer Publishes Book on Peace Through Multifaith Understanding
March 13, 2019

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D., a longtime faculty member of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College who founded the institution’s multifaith studies department, has published a new book, Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and Peace.


Rabbi Sandra Lawson (’18) Profiled by Student News Magazine
March 5, 2019

Rabbi Sandra Lawson, ’18, who serves as associate chaplain for Jewish life and Jewish educator at Elon University in North Carolina, was recently featured in an in-depth video segment produced by Elon News Network, the university’s student-run organization.


Rabbi Amy Bernstein, '97, Chosen to Lead SoCal Board of Rabbis
February 1, 2019

Rabbi Amy Bernstein was installed on January 16, 2019 as the president of The Board of Rabbis of Southern California for a two-year term.


Rabbi Lazarus-Klein ('04) Named to Buffalo Hillel Board
January 11, 2019

Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, a 2004 graduate who serves Congregation Shir Shalom near Buffalo, has been named to the board of Hillel of Buffalo.


Rabbi Lawson ('18) Recognized in JTA Twitter 50
January 3, 2019

2018 Graduate Rabbi Sandra Lawson was recognized in JTA’s Twitter 50 list this year. 


Rabbi Copeland ('00): 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. 


Rabbi Adler ('18) 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.


Rabbi Kennebrae ('17) Featured: 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.


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