Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

7 Rabbis Quit Reconstructionist Movement Over Non-Jewish Partners Policy

01/11/2016 - 12:02

Seven rabbis have quit the Reconstructionist movement in the wake of an announced policy that allows rabbis to marry non-Jewish partners.

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. JTA

Reconstructionists To Ordain Rabbis In Interfaith Relationships

Movement becomes the first to sanction clergy who date or marry non-Jews.

09/29/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College has decided to admit and ordain rabbinical students involved in interfaith relationships.

The Reconstructionist movement is the first stream of Judaism to ordain rabbis in interfaith relationships. Courtesy of RRC

A Leap Of Faith Or A Step Too Far?

Ordaining intermarried rabbis could push the Reconstructionist movement to the fringes, or forge a model for the future.

08/18/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Philadelphia — When Sandra Lawson stood under the chuppah last Saturday, she was doing more than making a lifetime commitment to her partner. She also was setting herself up to test the boundaries of what it means to be a rabbi in America today.

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College student, Sandra Lawson, under the chuppah at her wedding. Tabitha Smith

Reconstructionists Pick First Woman, Lesbian As Denominational Leader

10/09/2013 - 20:00

NEW YORK  — The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College selected Deborah Waxman, a rabbi and historian of American Judaism, as its new president.

Niddah Beyond The Kallah Class

05/21/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Yeshivat Maharat, the school that trains Orthodox women as spiritual and halachic leaders, started last fall to plan its first public symposium, Dean Rabba Sara Hurwitz planned to call the event “Menstruation, Sexuality and Modesty,” but was persuaded to drop the idea.

“We thought nobody would turn up for that,” she said.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz planned an innovative symposium on sexuality in Orthodox community.

Reconstructionist Bodies Set to Merge

02/21/2011 - 19:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- The two organizational arms of the Reconstructionist movement are set to merge.

Following a year-and-a-half of negotiations, the boards of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation have voted to form one body that will be responsible for Reconstructionist Judaism in North America.

Reconstructionist leaders say the merger will permit better use of limited resources and allow the movement to focus more effectively on its main concerns: education, movement services and social justice.

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