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Evolve is an online platform with conversation-sparking essays from thought-provoking rabbis, leaders and creators.


  • Essays on key topics
  • Curricula
  • Sermon sparks
  • Videos

Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations is an initiative of Reconstructing Judaism. We seek to promote the ongoing evolution of the Jewish community by facilitating communal conversations about the urgent issues of our day.

Evolve does not endorse every viewpoint posted on this site. Our goal is to cultivate groundbreaking, constructive, respectful conversations about urgent issues of concern. We choose to post submissions of a range of viewpoints that supports constructive debate while abiding by the values of tzelem Elohim (regarding and treating all people as created in the divine image), kavod (respect), redifat shalom (pursuing peace) and makhloket leshem shamayim (disagreements for the sake of heaven).

Submissions are curated by the Evolve staff in consultation with an advisory board. We reserve the right to decline posts that are contrary to our stated values of respectful communal discourse.


Rabbi Jacob Staub, Director
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Louisa Rachel Solomon, Project Manager

Evolve Advisory Board

  • Susan M. Berman
  • Hasia Diner, Ph.D.
  • Claire Mcmahon Fishman
  • Tal Frieden
  • Rabbi Bob Gluck
  • Rabbi Seth Goldstein
  • Tresa Grauer, Ph.D.
  • Rabbi James Greene
  • Rabbi Nathan Kamesar
  • Rabbi Ariana Katz
  • Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D.
  • Rabbi Sandra Lawson
  • Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
  • Amanda Mbuvi Beckenstein, Ph.D.
  • Ira Nash
  • Rabbi William Plevan, Ph.D
  • Lex Rofeberg
  • Seth Rosen
  • Rabbi Isaac Saposnik
  • Bryan Schwartzman
  • Elsie Stern, Ph.D.
  • Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D.
  • Sam Wachs
  • Rabbi Mira Wasserman
  • Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.
  • Rabbi Elyse Wechterman
  • Rabbi Micah Guerin Weiss
  • Cyd Weissman
  • Rabbi Alex Weissman
  • Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

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