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  1. "Straight-Welcoming?!" – Creating an Inclusive Community

    Jewish communities of all stripes are grappling with the challenge of creating more inclusive communities. In particular, there is an unprecedented focus on welcoming LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Jews. At Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH) in Atlanta, our commitment to inclusivity emerged organically. Founded by gay and lesbian Jews, we became straight-welcoming; today, straight members constitute the majority. We had to decide whether our values were queer specific or queer universal.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/straight-welcoming-creating-inclusive-community

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:25am

  2. Transgender Policy Statement

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, at its annual meeting, overwhelmingly approved an expansive resolution affirming the full inclusion, equality, and welcoming of all transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals. (The full text of the resolution is included below.)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/statement-support-transgender-non-binary-inclusion

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 12:34pm

  3. Welcome Poster (letter)

    Our Thriving Communities department, with help from our Communications and design staff, has created a mini-poster that expresses these progressive Jewish values in an overt message of welcoming. This is the letter-sized version. For more on the goals and suggested use of this poster, please see this posting. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/welcome-poster-letter-sized

    Posted on: 2017/01/24 - 10:34am

  4. Welcome Poster (11x17)

    Our Thriving Communities department, with help from our Communications and design staff, has created a mini-poster that expresses these progressive Jewish values in an overt message of welcoming. This is the 11”x17” version. For more on the goals and suggested use of this poster, please see this posting. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/welcome-poster-11x17

    Posted on: 2017/01/24 - 10:35am

  5. Post About Welcome Poster

    Dear friends across the Reconstructionist movement,

    These are challenging and uncertain times. One of the things we’ve been hearing a lot from lay leaders and rabbis in many of our communities is the desire to reaffirm and strengthen our shared Jewish values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and welcoming. During the recent meeting of the Plenum, for example, some participants spoke about their congregations’ desire to stand up to bigotry and intimidation in light of the recent increase in acts of hate against various minority communities, including our own.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/new-materials-your-welcoming-community

    Posted on: 2017/01/24 - 10:39am

  6. Seeing the Other

    Recently I was invited to teach a group of queer Jewish undergraduates who on their own initiative, organized themselves into a group that meets weekly over dinner at the campus Hillel Foundation (Jewish Center) to discuss topics and issues of common concern. They asked me to speak on “Queering Jewish Theology,” and I led them for an hour through a study of several traditional sacred texts that suggest ways that human beings might engage with God in a way that does not depend on the approval of communal human authorities.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/seeing-other

    Posted on: 2014/01/01 - 12:00am

  7. The Value of a DIfferent Path

    Mother’s Day and Father’s Day may have been invented by Hallmark as a brilliant strategy for selling greeting cards, but these days are becoming embedded in the warp and woof of our culture’s values and ritual practice. I am in favor of encouraging children and partners to appreciate celebrate the love of parents. I do think, however, that we are taking it a bit too far.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/value-different-path

    Posted on: 2014/05/10 - 12:00am

  8. Recon Today-Jennifer Janes

    Jennifer Janes may live in the same city she had as a teen, but she’s traveled a long road to find her spiritual home in Reconstructionist Judaism and Congregation Beth Am in San Antonio, Texas.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/finding-reconstructionist-judaism-lone-star-state

    Posted on: 2017/05/03 - 11:18am

  9. Let's Journey Together

  10. Strange Thoughts: A New Take on Loving the Stranger

    When newspaper style guides started adopting “they ” and “their” as singular, gender-neutral pronouns a friend told me, “I get why this should be done. It is the right thing to do. But it is going to be really hard for me to switch. It is not going to just roll off my tongue.” His words reminded me of someone who was on a rabbi search committee who was interviewing female rabbis for the first time, who confided, “I know I should give these women a fair shake, but it is not how I grew up. When I close my eyes and picture a rabbi, I see a beard and hear a man’s voice.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/strange-thoughts-new-take-loving-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:43pm

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