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  1. Zionism and Communal Covenant

    In 2004, the JRF Israel Policies Task Force issued a report calling for a recommitment to Zionism. This excerpt from that report explores Kaplan's definition of “New Zionism.” It also discusses how a communal covenant could strengthen the relationships among the Reconstructionist community, Israel and the broader Jewish community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/zionism-and-communal-covenant-reconstructionist-approach

    Posted on: 2016/05/05 - 2:47pm

  2. Kaplan Center Peoplehood Conference Resources

    On April 10 and 11 in Philadelphia Jewish scholars, leaders, educators, and Rabbis gathered together for a two day conference on Jewish peoplehood co-sponsored by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Department of Religion of Temple University, and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/new-faces-peoplehood-two-educational-reflections-conference-wrestling-jewish-peoplehood

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:13pm

  3. Kaplan Center Kaplanian Report Card

    This evaluation tool provides a rubric for assessing the contemporary state of Jewish education.

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/kaplanian-report-card-evaluation-tool-jewish-education

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:17pm

  4. Child's Biography of Mordecai Kaplan

    This short biography of Mordecai Kaplan is written for children from 5th to 9th grade. It also has proved useful for adult education classes for a brief review of Kaplan’s life before delving into other topics of Kaplanian or Reconstructionist thought. It is accompanied by study questions that might guide your exploration of the meaning of the value of Kaplan’s life and work after having read the story.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/childs-biography-mordecai-kaplan

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:25pm

  5. Teen Exercise: Exploration of God Beliefs

    This pilot program for Jewish teen education provides several activities for exploring and sharing beliefs about God. Originally written in anticipation of the 2016-2017 school year, this experimental program can be used in a variety of settings and times of year. 

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/exploration-god-beliefs-teen-program

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:29pm

  6. Kaplan Center resource: Life of Reconstructionist Educators in Digital Age

    This short article reflects on the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technology in Reconstructionist education. The article is attached as a PDF and reproduced below as well. (The PDF contains a printable chart that is not included in the text on this page.)

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/life-reconstructionist-educators-digital-age

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:43pm

  7. Embracing the Stranger - Justice and Wider World

    Embracing the stranger is not just an individual journey—it’s a communal calling. We are commanded as Jews to “Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19) In the face of fear, hostility, or simple disregard toward those who are different, our challenge is to lift up our common humanity, and our inherent dignity and worth as beings b’tzelem Elohim, reflecting the divine image.

    Click here to return to the main “Embracing the Stranger” page)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/wider-world

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:46pm

  8. Embracing the Stranger - Internal

    Embracing the stranger is an endeavor that requires not just outward action, but internal effort on many levels. Both as individuals and communities, real inclusion involves rethinking of boundaries.

    Click here to return to the main “Embracing the Stranger” page)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/looking-within

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 1:06pm

  9. Reconstructing Jewish Communities Panel Learning Module

    On the opening night of the Reconstructing Judaism Convention in November of 2018, an extraordinary panel of rabbis reflected on a crucial question: how do we reconstruct Jewish communities in this time and place, to meet tomorrow’s challenges? We’ve divided up the conversation into five sessions, and supplied material for reflection and discussion. We hope you’ll find this conversation as thought-provoking as we did. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/learn/convention-community-panel

    Posted on: 2019/05/10 - 3:20pm