The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF), founded in 1955, was the synagogue arm of Reconstructionist Judaism, serving more than 100 congregations and havurot spread across North America. In June 2012, the Reconstructionist movement underwent a restructuring that merged JRF with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to form a new national organization initially named RRC and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. The merged organization was initially headed by Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, a 1989 graduate of the College,[1][2] and currently by Rabbi Deborah Waxman who took over in 2014.[3][4] In January 2018, the merged organization changed its name to Reconstructing Judaism.[5][6]


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  2. ^ "Do the Jewish Streams Have a Future?". The Jewish Exponent. May 9, 2012. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Elkin, Michael (2014-10-27). "Waxman Inaugurated as Head of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College". Jewish Exponent.
  4. ^ "Forward 50 2015: Deborah Waxman". The Forward. 2015.
  5. ^ "Our New Name: Frequently Asked Questions". January 29, 2018. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  6. ^ Waxman, Deborah (January 30, 2018). "Why the Reconstructionist movement is rebranding". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 2020-12-13.