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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. Guide to Free Media Publicity

    Introduction

    The goal of this document is to provide synagogues with guidance regarding how to obtain publicity that will enhance their outreach efforts. All this information will be useful for publicizing other aspects of synagogue life as well. By publicity, we mean non-paid editorial mention, whether it be an announcement, a photo, a feature story on radio or TV.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/guide-free-media-publicity

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 8:25am

  3. 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

  4. The Reconstructionist Revolution (PEARL call, Jane Litman)

    In this hour-long conference call, Rabbi Jane Litman presents an overview of the revolutionary ideas that underlie the first century of Reconstructionist Judaism.

    Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/reconstructionist-revolution-foundational-ideas

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 6:51pm

  5. Plenum

    What Is the Plenum?

    The plenum of the Reconstructionist movement is a group of representatives from each affiliated congregation and havurah who discuss and share the issues of the day, both internal movement discussions and thoughts on the movement’s relationship to the world. In order to foster that kind of discussion, the goal is to create a stable group, where representatives stay engaged with the plenum for a couple of years or more.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/plenum-purpose-and-membership

    Posted on: 2016/12/07 - 2:47pm

  6. Surviving in the One-Room Schoolhouse

    (Reprinted from Reconstructing Jewish Education: A Process Guide edited by Dr. Jeffrey Schein in 1989.)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/surviving-one-room-schoolhouse

    Posted on: 2017/04/26 - 9:04am

  7. Synagogue Membership As a Requirement For Religious School Enrollment

    This listserv thread from November 2001 still contains valuable discussion on congregational policy. 


    Jeff Steinberg, Toronto, Ontario

    I sit on our Hebrew school committee, which is currently reviewing a policy of the congregation. The policy requires congregational membership after one year's enrollment in the school. The school, in effect, serves a membership gathering function.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/synagogue-membership-requirement-religious-school-enrollment

    Posted on: 2001/11/01 - 12:00am

  8. Newsletter Archive: Reconstructing Judaism Today

    On this page, you can find archives of past Reconstructionist email newletters.

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    Reconstructing Judaism Today 

    The monthly newsletter of the central organization of the Reconstructionist  movement.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/newsletters

    Posted on: 2017/08/03 - 12:02am

  9. 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