I am delighted to inform you that the affiliated congregations and havurot in JRF voted overwhelmingly at a special Plenum on April 10, 2011 in Philadelphia in favor of the proposal to unite the congregational arm of the Reconstructionist movement with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Everyone involved in the debate recognized that this was an exciting, historic decision in the history of the Movement making possible a single coherent vision for its future and combining all of its intellectual, creative and financial resources. The vote was a critical step in a process that began almost two years ago and involved discussions among the leaders of the RRC and JRF as well as the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, which supports the work of the Movement’s rabbis.
The vote authorizes the JRF to complete the process of building a united organization of the Movement, involving a single executive, board and staff. While the new organization contemplates a possible new name, our Reconstructionist communities will be able to say they are affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement.
As the legal and planning work to complete integration moves forward, the JRF is determined to continue to provide effective services to its affiliates, in close consultation with the leadership of the RRC and RRA. We want to assure you that there will be no diminishment in our efforts and determination to serve our communities well in this transitional period.
Ultimately, we believe this unification will mean a more integrated and cohesive Reconstructionist movement, which will foster innovation, an ever-growing rich and dynamic Jewish life, and growth of the Movement itself.
We look forward to working with you, our communities, and the RRC in this historic transition.
President, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation