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Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Biography

Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“Whereas both in concept and in practice, Jewish leaders throughout over the past 2000 plus years have refused, with rare exception, to punish criminals by depriving them of their lives;

And whereas current evidence and technological advances have shown that as many as three hundred people… have been wrongly convicted of capital crimes in America in the last century, which underscores the Jewish concern over capital punishment since all human systems of justice are inherently fallible and imperfect –

Therefore, we resolve that the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association go on record opposing the death penalty under all circumstances, opposing the adoption of death penalty laws, and urging their abolition in states that already have adopted them.”

Resolution approved by the RRA regarding the death penalty, Apr. 2003


“The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), established in 1974, is the professional association of Reconstructionist rabbis…

[T]he RRA establishes rituals, documents, liturgy and policies around moments of the Jewish lifecycle. It publishes a Reconstructionist Rabbi’s Manual, documents and procedures for egalitarian Jewish divorce, lifecycle certificates, and is currently preparing a series of ketubot.Regional events as well as the annual RRA convention serve to connect colleagues with each other and provide ongoing education and professional development.”

“Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Mission,”, accessed July 31, 2008


“[T]hree primary missions.

1. It serves as a collegial community, in which professional and personal support and resources are provided to rabbis.
2. The RRA represents the rabbinic voice within the Reconstructionist movement, bringing the teachings, stories, and traditions of Judaism to bear on contemporary issues and challenges, and helping to define Reconstructionist positions on Jewish issues for our time.
3. The RRA represents the Reconstructionist rabbinate to the larger Jewish and general communities, through participation in programs, commissions, and other activities.

“Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association Mission,”, accessed July 31, 2008

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