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.
We join today as representatives of Jewish American communal organizations to urge our political leaders and all our fellow Americans to treat this public health crisis as a moment for kindness and solidarity, and to make extra efforts to reach towards one another in support, not look to blame or scapegoat.
Based on our understanding of the science and the advice of experts, we, rabbis of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, strongly come down on the side of pikuach nefesh - preserving lives – as many as possible regardless of age, demographic, vulnerability, or other markers of distinction and identity.
We continue to oppose unilateral territorial annexation on the part of the Israeli government, and we remain committed to a just, democratic, and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians within a framework of two states for two peoples.
We are concerned about rising xenophobia aimed at Chinese people in this country and abroad over the COVID-19 "coronavirus". We pledge to help ensure that Chinese people feel safe and supported, and to combat attacks and stereotyping on social media.
The plastic pollution crisis has grown so massive that our waste management systems are unable to handle it.Without reducing plastic waste or holding producers accountable, the burden falls on local governments andtaxpayers.
The Department of State justifies these changes to temporary visas in the name of national security, when in reality they are thinly veiled racist and xenophobic attacks on the health, dignity, and well-being of pregnant people in other, largely non-European countries and immigrant women of color and their families.
Unfortunately, this plan appears to create new opportunities for the Israeli government to pursue annexationist goals with American backing while using the language of peace-making in ways that mask the one-sided nature of the proposal.
The RRA joins 40 religious and interreligious organizations in opposition to the government's effort to end the protections of the Flores settlement agreement and authorize indefinite detention of some immigrant families.
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are heartsick once again to learn of the recent spate of antisemitic attacks against members of the New York Jewish community.
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association join our friends at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger in denouncing the Trump Administration's final rule to strip nutritional benefits for nearly 700,000 food-insecure Americans
Organizations representing three streams of Judaism in a joints statement called on President Donald Trump to fire Stephen Miller as his senior policy advisor over his support for white supremacists.
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are disappointed by and strongly oppose the recent policy statement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring that the U.S. no longer views Israeli West Bank settlements as inconsistent with international law.
We are committed to ensuring that all women have equitable and affordable access to healthcare and that their individual reproductive choices are respected. We write to express our grave concern regarding the administration's recent attacks on the Title X family planning program.
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association condemn the 300 rockets indiscriminately launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip over the past few days.
As heads of American Jewish organizations who care deeply about the State of Israel and are committed to safeguarding its future as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people, we implore you to consider the costs of any unilateral annexations in the West Bank.
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined over 200 national and local organizations to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, in its general and abiding concern for the human rights of all people created in God's image, and the welfare of the world's children in particular, announces its support for the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.
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"In order to be in presence of peoples greatest senses of loss and anxiety and fear we needed a place were we could share what was authentically happening for us. We have families and anxieties too," Lesser said.
Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, said lawmakers have avoided tackling climate change in recent years "as the situation continues to get worse. "It's frustrating beyond belief," Rieber said. "We're fiddling while the world burns."
"The American Jewish community is the story of immigration, of fleeing oppression and hardship, and seeking safety and security on these shores," Goldstein said.
At a time when the U.S. government is aggressively pushing away asylum-seekers, Kol Tzedek synagogue embraced them, providing not only emotional and legal support but also raising money for housing nearby, for food, clothing and health care. "It feels like a miracle," said Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari.
"There is a Jewish principle that you should not stand idly by, and so many of us were raised with that idea that we should speak up when there is injustice," Zimmerman said. "We really felt compelled to do so and stand with today's immigrant community."
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.
"We're going to gather and we're going to be loud. Not necessarily in our voices but in our messages that we're holding up," [Kindberg] said.
"You can't use a dictionary or an encyclopedia to understand the word 'concentration camp'; what you need is a calendar, because concentration camps over time turn into death camps if you don't stop them,' said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, 85, who came from Philadelphia to stand outside the doors of ICE headquarters.
"We're here today to send a message to the administration that we are not going to stay quiet... We are ready to rise up," said Blanca Pacheco, co-director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, a coalition of faith-based groups that led the demonstration.
As a rabbi, I am compelled to act on behalf of immigrants because my religious faith and historical legacy demands that I do so. And I'm not alone: most American Jews embrace progressive values of social justice—and understand that we ourselves have a history of oppression at the hands of state violence.
The march and rally, dubbed Moral Witness Wednesday, was organized to denounce the President Donald Trump administration's cruel and unjust policies including the detaining of migrant children and attacks on healthcare access.
"I don't think people realize how incredibly diverse the Jewish community is," Rabbi Lawson says. Roughly 20 percent of the American Jewish community is racially diverse, and outside of Orthodox Judaism, they all ordain queer and trans rabbis.