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  1. Dialogue Episode 1 - Shira Stutman

    In this interview, Rabbi Shira Stutman reflects on the promise and potential of an open, welcoming and pluralistic synagogue and community space. 

     

    Transcript

    A transcript of this podcast is available here. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/podcast/episode-1

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 1:31pm

  2. Dialogue Episode 1 Transcript

  3. Ways to Welcome New Members

    “Most people who leave your community will do so within the first year, usually because they haven't made a friend.” - Rabbi Arnie Rachlis
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/ways-welcome-new-members-brief-overview

    Posted on: 2010/01/01 - 12:00am

  4. A Jewish Approach to Obligatory Giving

    (Reprinted from Congregations Magazine, The Alban Institute, Nov/Dec 2001. This piece was written by Bob Leventhal and Rabbi Shawn Zevit)

    The rabbi squirms in his seat when a leader suggests that he engage in fundraising. Perennially vocal board members grow silent when it is time to follow up with congregants about their financial obligations. The topic of money makes us uncomfortable. But no organized religion has ever been without a need for resources or an expectation of offerings, dues, or taxes to support its institutions. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-obligatory-giving

    Posted on: 2001/11/01 - 12:00am

  5. Synagogue Membership As a Requirement For Religious School Enrollment

    This listserv thread from November 2001 still contains valuable discussion on congregational policy. 


    Jeff Steinberg, Toronto, Ontario

    I sit on our Hebrew school committee, which is currently reviewing a policy of the congregation. The policy requires congregational membership after one year's enrollment in the school. The school, in effect, serves a membership gathering function.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/synagogue-membership-requirement-religious-school-enrollment

    Posted on: 2001/11/01 - 12:00am

  6. Perhaps You Belong in a Reconstructionist Community

    “To be a Jew means first belonging to the group…” - Mordecai Kaplan

    Thriving within a Jewish framework

    “I like belonging to a Reconstructionist synagogue, because it means I’m a member of a warm and supportive community. I felt comfortable getting involved right from the beginning. I know that what I say and do makes a difference.”
    - Member, Congregation Beth Israel, Media, Pennsylvania

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/perhaps-you-belong-reconstructionist-community

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 6:07pm