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The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), established in 1974, is the professional association of Reconstructionist rabbis.

Comprised of over 300 rabbis, the RRA has three primary missions.



April 28, 2019

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association send our deepest condolencesand wishes of refu'ah shlaymah — full and complete healing — to all who were affected by the shootingat Chabad of Poway, Calif.   More

April 23, 2019

With broken hearts, we stand in solidarity with the Christian communities of Sri Lanka, and with people in grief and shock around the world.   More

April 11, 2019

We are distressed to now see anti-Semitism being used as a wedge issue. At the same time, we are also concerned by members of Congress using references to the Holocaust and Nazis to demonize the opposition   More

April 11, 2019

Brunei's official announcement that it will reinstate the practice of public stoning of people accused of LGBTQrelations and adultery must be rejected and sanctioned by the United States.   More

April 10, 2019

Judaism teaches that all human beings are created b'tzelem Elohim - in the image of God - whether Jewish, Muslim, or immigrant, and that to acknowledge the dignity of each human being is to honor God's presence in the world.    More

April 1, 2019

We the undersigned national, state, and local organizations support significant cuts in funding toImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), theagencies behind President Trump's harmful detention, deportation and border militarizationregime.   More

March 17, 2019

Since August 2017, the Burmese military has engaged in a brutal genocide against the Rohingya people of Burma (Myanmar).    More

March 15, 2019

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are horrified by and condemn the terrorist attacks carried out this morning against Muslims in New Zealand. Our hearts are broken and we are shaken.   More

March 11, 2019

A governmental display of the Christian flag in front of city hall is exclusionary to the countless Americans not represented by that religious symbol. More than that, it places a heavy thumb on the scale in favor of one religion over others and over nonreligion   More

March 5, 2019

The proposed amicus brief is consistent with the policies adopted by the General Assembly of the PCUSA wherein they have affirmed as appropriate boundaries of religious liberties, that religious freedom is not a license for discrimination against any of God's people.    More

February 26, 2019

Today, we stand up as Jews and Americans against the ongoing genocide of the Rohingya people by the Burmese military, as we believe deeply from our own historical experience and understand from our ethical values that we cannot remain silent when any people is on the brink of destruction.   More

January 22, 2019

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association opposes the Trump Administration's plan to impose broad restrictions on transgender individuals serving in the United States Military.   More

January 14, 2019

The RRA condemns any behind-the-scenes lobbying of the BCRI board. As Jewish leaders, we value integrity, transparency, and civility.   More

December 10, 2018

On behalf of the 16 undersigned Jewish organizations, we write to express our deep concernabout purported efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights(OCR) to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of1972   More

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.    More

October 22, 2018

We unequivocally oppose any attempt by the Trump Administration to dismantle federal protections for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people under Title IX. Read our statement.    More

April 16, 2018

"We oppose any effort to roll-back the seminal protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), and we believe that that the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), recently passed... by a narrow margin, would significantly undermine the civil rights of individuals with disabilities."   More

April 16, 2018

The RRA Signs Amicus Brief in the case of Hawai'i v. Trump, challenging the indefinite Proclamation now in effect that bans immigration and most travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries   More

April 3, 2018

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA) are deeply saddened and concerned following the deaths of approximately 18 Palestinians, and the wounding of many others, by Israeli army fire during last Friday's Palestinian-led marches near the border fence between Gaza and Israel.   More

February 15, 2018

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and Reconstructing Judaism express horror at the violent shooting in Parkland, Florida that has taken the lives of 17 individuals and injured many more.   More

January 18, 2018

RRA/RRC Joint Statement on Palestinian President Abbas' recent remarks.     More

January 9, 2018

Read our statement here.   More

January 5, 2018

The Rohingya people are facing unconscionable atrocities by the Burmese military. That's why the RRA is proud to join over 300 Jewish leaders and organizations in urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance the Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017.   More


May 6, 2019

Now we unite around the issue of hunger—a justice issue which impacts each and every one of the communities in which our participants serve. As faith-based leaders, we must represent the experience of community members in the halls of power   More

April 30, 2019

"Rabbi Tepperman is a true Rabbinic Human Rights Hero," said Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T'ruah's executive director. "Warm, inspiring and tireless, he is a role model for all clergy who take seriously our responsibility to make the world a better, more just place"   More

April 30, 2019

It seems like common sense, says Emmie DiCicco, that lobbyists should not be allowed to buy gifts for Pennsylvania legislators.   More

April 21, 2019

"The food that you're buying is the product of oppressed labor and that's not kosher," Rabbi Barbara Penzner, of Temple Hillel B'nai Torah, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Boston, said last week.   More

April 17, 2019

There is no special magic in becoming a rescuer, a hero. It is simply daring to do what is right and good and hopeful when all around you there is pressure to look away.    More

April 16, 2019

For educational relationships to thrive, we need to see each other in new roles and in new contexts. It creates new experiences that grant us the potential to see each other more clearly   More

April 15, 2019

"We are saying there is something important about this city and community and our faith," he said. "We are saying we want to invest in a future that will be different for our children and the generation that will come after them. So I invite us to think about that future."   More

March 18, 2019

To his Muslim brothers and sisters, "We see you, we are with you, we are you," said Rabbi David Basior of the Kadima Reconstructionist Community.   More

December 11, 2018

About 400 people gathered at the Border Field State Park on Monday to support the migrants as part of a nationwide week of action called "Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice."    More

August 27, 2018

Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia has decided to become a sanctuary congregation and has planned a public ceremony to commemorate its decision to aid immigrants.   More

June 30, 2018

The Baron Book prize for 2017 was awarded to Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman (HUC '98) of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for Jews for Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud After the Humanities (University of Pennsylvania Press)   More

April 29, 2018

Friday before last, I led a morning Jewish prayer service at the construction site of the new youth jail in King County, and witnessed police arrest six participants.   More

January 6, 2017

About 20 rabbis affiliated with liberal Jewish group, T'ruah, were arrested on Monday night after blocking the street near the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle in Manhattan to protest an executive order that banned travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim nations.   More

May 16, 2016

Four RRA members - Rabbi Seth Goldstein, Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton, Rabbi Jon Cutler and Rabbi Darby Leigh - have each been named to the Forward's annual list of "Most Inspiring Rabbis."     More

October 28, 2015

Rabbi Sandy Sasso and storyteller Peninah Schram, in a synergistic collaboration, have created an engaging compilation of Jewish love letters and love stories. Follow the link to a review at Publisher's Weekly.   More