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  1. Wrestling with Rest

    Shabbat, ideally a source of joy, rest and renewal, can also pose some interesting community dilemmas. Many congregations face questions about Sabbath “rules” such as:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/wrestling-rest

    Posted on: 2016/04/26 - 11:26am

  2. High Holiday Children's Services - Discussion

     


    Discussion from March 2003


    Vicki Phillips, B’nai Havurah, Denver, CO

    Greetings Edtalkers,

    This is Vicki from B’nai Havurah in Denver, Colorado. I am on the Children’s High Holiday Programming committee. I have been involved with this committee on and off for about the last 8 years. I am currently asking for your input on what your synagogue does/offers for youth, grades kindergarten through 6th or 7th grade (B’nai Mitzvah) during the Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur Services.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/high-holiday-childrens-services-discussion

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:06am

  3. News - Honoring the Dead: The Reconstructionist Hevrah Kaddishah of Philadelphia

  4. Seder Blessing for Diverse Backgrounds

    The following blessing was originally written by Rabbi Maurice Harris for Interfaithfamily.com

    In the Book of Exodus, we read that when the Hebrew slaves were finally able to break free from Pharaoh’s grasp, a mixed multitude of people fled Egypt with them. From our first moments as a nation, we discovered among us a mixed multitude of slaves and refugees, people of different languages and beliefs, journeying with us into the unknown wilderness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/passover-blessing-people-many-backgrounds-who-journey-us

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 2:06pm

  5. New Approach to Shabbat Practice (Schwartz)

    Congregation B'nai Israel in Willimantic, Connecticut underwent a long communal Reconstructionist process to decide on congregational rules for Shabbat practice. This newsletter article documents that process, and explains the values weighed and the eventual outcome that was reached. This document can serve as an exemplar for Values Based Decision Making on other topics as well. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/new-approach-rules-shaping-shabbat-practice

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 1:41pm

  6. Fuller Aleynu For Siddur Kol Ha'Noar

    Siddur Kol Hano'ar uses a truncated version of the Aleynu prayer. This fuller version uses Reconstructionist wording and can be pasted into Siddur Kol Hano'ar. It is available with and without transliteration.

    Print the pdfs onto labels and cut them to size. Peel off the backs and paste the labels onto pages 34 and 82.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/fuller-aleynu-siddur-kol-hanoar

    Posted on: 2017/04/25 - 3:06pm

  7. Kol HaNeshamah Hebrew in Davkawriter format

    This .zip file contains four documents with the Hebrew text of the services found in the Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Vehagim prayer book.

    Note: you must have the Davkawriter Hebrew word processor installed on your computer to view these documents. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/kol-haneshamah-hebrew-text-davkawriter-format

    Posted on: 2017/04/25 - 3:12pm

  8. Guide to Jewish Practice - Educators' Manual

    This manual, written by Rabbi Nathan Weiner, will help you use all three volumes of A Guide to Jewish Practice to boost your adult and teen education programming in meaningful ways. It offers flexible formats that are simple to navigate and the pedagogical approach is rooted in values-based decision making.

    Potential uses include:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/guide-jewish-practice-educators-manual

    Posted on: 2018/04/23 - 12:32pm

  9. Making Seder and Kiddush more inclusive

    One of the small but significant innovations of the Reconstructionist haggadah, “A Night of Questions,” was the rubric “wine or grape juice” that appears before each of the traditional four cups of the Seder as well as in the Introduction of how to prepare for Pesach.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/making-seder-and-kiddush-more-inclusive

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 3:51pm