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  1. The Role of Text Study in Congregational Values-Based Decision Making

    In order to develop values-based policies and procedures for our communities, we need to take a few steps back from the more practical concerns and examine our communal principles and Jewish ethical values and teachings. We must first clarify our terms, examine our preexisting attitudes, and understand how our experiences impact the decisions we make in community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/role-text-study-congregational-values-based-decision-making

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:52pm

  2. Making Decisions on Controversial Issues

    Every congregation (or havurah) faces disagreements, in which particular individuals or sub-groups feel compelled to challenge the status quo. While these disputes are often resolved amicably, they can also result in individuals feeling a need to leave the group, or in some instances, a group of individuals feeling a need to start a new group based on the point of conflict. None of these results is necessarily bad or wrong. But there are times when such disagreements create a negative atmosphere and hurt feelings that never heal.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/making-decisions-controversial-issues

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 8:54am

  3. Twelve Years A Slave Passover Resource

    This printable resource pairs selected quotes from Solomon Northup’s autobiographical memoir, 12 Years a Slave, with quotes from the Exodus and other Jewish texts. It could be used as source material for divrei torah; as an adult education or religious school resource (probably for middle school and up); or as a Haggadah insert for community or Hillel seders or to individual home seders. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/twelve-years-slave-passover-resource

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

  4. 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

  5. Building the Jewish Future

    My rabbinical career has been anything but planned. I would be a career counselor’s worst nightmare: the conventional ladder of professional advancement has never suited me. Instead, I’ve tried to think boldly about what the Jewish community needs, and have done my best to build institutions that could address those needs.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/building-jewish-future

    Posted on: 2016/05/05 - 12:01pm