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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. Let's Journey Together

  3. Reconstructing for Tomorrow 11/7/17 First Session

    There’s been a tension throughout our history between understanding Reconstructionism as an approach to being Jewish, a set of questions, a set of processes, a set of conversations. Reconstructionism as an organizational structure embodies those questions, those processes, those conversations.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/reconstructingfortomorrowfirstsession

    Posted on: 2017/11/10 - 3:38pm

  4. Book Club Third Session 11/27/17

    What is my “Elijah moment?” How do I take care of myself, take care of the people I work with, and continue my activism? 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/bookclubthirdsession

    Posted on: 2017/11/28 - 2:46pm

  5. Keeping Judaism Alive Behind Prison Walls

    In loyalty, you sustain the living, nurturing the life of everything, healing the sick, freeing the captive.

    Jessica Rosenberg, a senior at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in suburban Philadelphia, has often been inspired and troubled by these words of gratitude in the daily morning prayers. What does it mean that God frees the captive and heals the sick, knowing some people never achieve freedom or recover from certain illnesses? Does it mean that God only delivers some people and not others? Or should the words be interpreted metaphorically?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/keeping-judaism-alive-behind-prison-walls

    Posted on: 2018/02/28 - 10:00am

  6. Reconstructing for Tomorrow 12/19/2018

    We are not solely rational creatures, but also at the same time spiritual. One can be spiritual and at the same time not forego the rational…we can do a dance between them.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/reconstructingfortomorrowfourthsession

    Posted on: 2018/02/05 - 2:40pm

  7. April 2018 Leadership Column

    Why belong?

    Why belong to the Jewish people? Why belong to a synagogue? Why belong to the Reconstructionist movement?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/why-belong

    Posted on: 2018/04/09 - 8:43am

  8. Reconstructionist Communities Make Disability Inclusion a Top Priority

  9. July Leadership Column

    I frequently describe myself as an evangelist for progressive religion. I spend much of my time making the case for why folks should belong. Why belong to any religion? Why belong to the Jewish people? Why belong to a synagogue? Why belong to the Reconstructionist movement?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/drawing-comfort-community

    Posted on: 2018/07/02 - 9:57am

  10. America's First Bat Mitzvah podcast promo

    Many Jews have heard that the first bat mitzvah celebration took place in 1922 in a Reconstructionist congregation — and that the first girl to become a bat mitzvah was Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, the founder of Reconstructionist Judaism.  Much less familiar are the historical factors leading to that moment, or why it took several more decades before the bat mitzvah as we know it to take root. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/americas-first-bat-mitzvah-and-its-legacy-american-jewish-life

    Posted on: 2021/05/27 - 10:35am

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