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  1. Reconstructionist Educators' FAQs

  2. Introduction to Reconstructionist Educators' FAQs

    Click here to read the FAQs themselves.

    What is going on in a child’s mind when they ask a question? Rabbi Harold Kushner tells the amusing story of the parent who wanted to provide sophisticated theological answers to his five-year-old son who had asked about God. The father explained how God wasn’t really a person, but was instead a spirit, a miraculous presence. A few minutes later the five-year-old came back to his father and said, “I got it. God is like Casper the Friendly Ghost.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/introduction-reconstructionist-educators-faqs

    Posted on: 2016/03/24 - 6:12pm

  3. Trees of the Bible

    There are many trees mentioned in the Bible. Here is a list of some of them and where you can find them. Look them up and find out what they say about them.

    Acacia: Exodus 26:15
    Almond: Numbers 17:8; Ecclesiastes 12:5
    Apple: Joel 1:12; Song of Songs 2:2-5
    Cedar: I Kings 9:11; II Chronicles 2:3-8
    Cypress: Isaiah 41:19; I Kings 9:11
    Date Palm: Psalms 92:12-14
    Fig: Song of Songs 2:11-13
    Henna: Song of Songs 1:14

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/trees-bible

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 1:52pm

  4. How to Make Yom Kippur Meaningful for Our Children

    Helping religious school students experience the richness of the Jewish holiday cycle is one of the great joys of Jewish education. Yom Kippur, however, is probably the most challenging holiday to explain meaningfully on a child's level. Void of an historical/political backdrop, Yom Kippur is a day full of abstractions which often elude adult understanding. What does it really mean for us to create a state of “purity?” What are the ways we need to work on our social relationships and the ways we need to clarify our relationship with God?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-make-yom-kippur-meaningful-our-children

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:20pm

  5. A Version of Israel's Secular Shabbat -- Via a Song

    The song below, Shabbat Ba’boker can be found on Arik Einstein and Yoni Richter’s CD , “When I Was a Kid.” It is a Shabbat song with no reference to ritual or practice. In a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous Sabbath can be. It is upbeat and jazzy.

    Shabbat Morning
    words by Tirtzah Atar

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/version-israels-secular-shabbat-song

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 12:42pm

  6. Oneg Shabbat Lesson

    This lesson, for use with Siddur Kol Ha’Noar, helps acquaint children and adults with the idea and practice of Shabbat.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/oneg-shabbat-delighting-shabbat-lesson-use-siddur-kol-hanoar

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 1:50pm

  7. Teen "TEL" Curriculum: Derekh Eretz

    The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Derekh Eretz is a Hebrew expression broadly meaning “treatment of others.” 

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teen-tel-curriculum-derekh-eretz

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 1:57pm

  8. Teen "TEL" Curriculum: Tikkun Olam

    The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew expression broadly meaning “reparing the world.” 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teen-tel-curriculum-tikkun-olam

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 2:02pm

  9. Teen "TEL" Curriculum: Hiddur Mitzvah

    The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Hiddur Mitzvah is a Hebrew expression meaning “beautification of a mitzvah,” which we here interpret as creativity in its broadest sense. 

    The curricular units are:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teen-tel-curriculum-hiddur-mitzvah

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 2:25pm

  10. Classroom Management and Lesson Planning

    This manual provides practical suggestions and tools for lesson planning and classroom management. It includes excellent resources for bringing a “multiple intelligences ” awareness into classrooms. Developed for use in the Sh'lom Kitah Program of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington in 2002-03. Contents include:

    • I  Introductions

    • II  Meyerson’s List of False Assumptions*

      • Transitional difficulties

      • Content

      • Relationships

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/classroom-management-and-lesson-planning

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:33pm

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