What Is the Plenum?
The plenum of the Reconstructionist movement is group of representatives from each affiliated congregation and havurah who discuss and share the issues of the day, both internal movement discussions and thoughts on the movement’s relationship to the world. In order to foster that kind of discussion, the goal is to create a stable group, where representatives stay engaged with the plenum for a couple of years.
Plenum members give input for and vote on various matters in the Reconstructionist movement such as sharing their perspectives on the role of interfaith couples in congregations and voting to affirm candidates for the board of governors.
The plenum meets for a business meeting at least two times per year — by conference call — and has ongoing communications by email listserv before, between, and after each meeting.
The plenum includes one representative from each affiliated congregation or havurah. This can be the current president, another officer, or another designated person. As noted above, the goal is that this person stay engaged with the plenum for at least a couple of years.
Congregations can designate their representative by sending an email to Maurice Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-576-0800 x118) indicating their representative and her/his contact information. If no one has been designated in advance of the voting meeting, RRC staff will assume that the congregation’s president will serve as the authorized representative to that meeting.
There are several categories of non-voting, ex officio members of the plenum:
- Rabbis of affiliated congregations
- Chair of the RRC board of governors
- Chair of the Jewish Reconstructionist Camping Corporation board
- Chairs of the movement commissions (Youth and Education, Movement Growth and Financial Health, Tikkun Olam)