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.
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.
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are horrified and saddened by the anti-Semitic terrorist attack carried out upon a synagogue in Halle, Germany by a German white nationalist on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.
We write on behalf of five American Jewish organizations in support of Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director of Human Rights Watch.
A democratic and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians requires national self-determination for both peoples. Any step to unilaterally impose Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian people and territory in the West Bank is a step toward the formalization of two separate and unequal legal systems.
We want to join Reconstructing Judaism in sharing this moving statement from their Pittsburgh affiliate, Congregation Dor Hadash. And, we note that Jewish tradition is weighted heavily against the use of the death penalty, teaching that all human beings are created B'tzelem Elohim (in the image of God).
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association has joined with 18 organizations, representing the Jewish Rohingya Justice Network, in calling on Under Secretary of the Treasury Sigal Mandelker to pursue justice and accountability for the Rohingya people and all ethnic minorities in Burma
The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association submitted an amicus brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals to re-hear and reverse a ruling that found that staff at an Illinois prison did not violate the Constitution when they forced female inmates to engage in a deeply dehumanizing strip search as part of a training.
We express our full support for the non-violent tactics and moral message of the #NeverAgainIsNow Rhode Island Tisha B'Av action. We are proud of our RRA rabbi participants, Rabbi Alex Weissman and Rabbi Adam Lavitt for their courage to resist the detention and mistreatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association strongly oppose the decision of the Government of Israel to deny entry into Israel to US Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association mourn the devastating loss of life this weekend in the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio and in the terrorist attack in El Paso, Texas. We send our deepest condolences and wishes of refu'ah shlaymah to all who were affected by these attacks.
RRA RABBIS IN THE WORLD
"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.