Optimistic Israel

About Pluralistic Judaism in Israel

The Israeli-Jewish Renaissance is reclaiming Jewish tradition as the rightful inheritance of all Jews, including Israel’s secular majority. It  seeks new, contemporary meaning and inspiration in text study, social action, and prayer communities. The Reconstructionist movement has much in common with this growing progressive voice, both in its approach to prayer and study, and in its commitment to social justice and democracy, especially at times of increasing intolerance and fear.

Adina Newberg, Ph.D. is Director of Israel Engagement and is our liaison to progressive Israeli Judaism in general, and to the institutions of the Israeli-Jewish Renaissance, where she reports back on new forms of engagement with Judaism inside Israel. She has taught at RRC and the University of Pennsylvania, and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

For more information, visit our Gateways to the Israeli-Jewish Renaissance Facebook page

This is the archival site for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. It is no longer updated.

For the new site, please visit https://www.rrc.edu.