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  1. No Success Without Learning to Fail

    “Fail Forward” is the mantra of entrepreneurs. Take risks. You will fail, guaranteed. Learn from it.  Once a little smarter, boldly launch again. Instead of meeting failure with crimson shame and pink slips, entrepreneurs believe, as Robert Kennedy did, “to achieve greatness, you have to fail greatly.”

    David Bryfman, Chief Innovation Officer at The Jewish Education Project, introduced the concept of “fail forward” at a Jewish Futures Conference in New York City.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/no-success-without-learning-fail

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 12:00am

  2. Post About Welcome Poster

    Dear friends across the Reconstructionist movement,

    These are challenging and uncertain times. One of the things we’ve been hearing a lot from lay leaders and rabbis in many of our communities is the desire to reaffirm and strengthen our shared Jewish values of diversity, inclusion, respect, and welcoming. During the recent meeting of the Plenum, for example, some participants spoke about their congregations’ desire to stand up to bigotry and intimidation in light of the recent increase in acts of hate against various minority communities, including our own.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/new-materials-your-welcoming-community

    Posted on: 2017/01/24 - 10:39am

  3. When the Call Comes, Will Your Congregation Be Ready?

    “Do you have any resources about how to deal with guests, calls and emails from people who are interested in becoming a member or are curious about our congregation?”

    It’s a smart question.

    In an age when people avoid religious institutions, an email or phone call from a prospective member is an opportunity that synagogues cannot afford to lose. But, too often, congregations drop the ball.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/when-call-comes-will-your-congregation-be-ready

    Posted on: 2017/04/19 - 10:23am

  4. Reconstructionist Movement Updates

    Though we count time Jewishly, by any consideration the secular year 2018 is an exciting year for the Reconstructionist movement.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/reconstructionist-movement-updates

    Posted on: 2018/03/06 - 11:10am

  5. The Aviv Loan Fund Helps Synagogues and Havurot Spring Into Growth

    Several years ago, Kadima Reconstructionist Community in Seattle had fewer than 30 member households. Today, the 37-year-old community with a focus on social justice boasts more than 200 adult members, including millennials and young families.

    What accounts for this remarkable turnaround? A number of factors.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/aviv-revolving-loan-fund-helps-synagogues-and-havurot-spring-growth

    Posted on: 2018/06/01 - 10:00am

  6. In Tragedy’s Wake, Dor Hadash Finds Strength in Jewish Community

    At Congregation Dor Hadash, life certainly hasn’t returned to normal. Perhaps, considering the full scope of the trauma endured and the losses suffered, “normal” isn’t possible or even desirable. Yet in the two months since a gunman claimed the life of one member, Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, and critically wounded another, Dan Leger, the community has settled into something approaching a “new normal,” according to Judith Yanowitz, Dor Hadash’s vice president for ritual.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/dor-hadash-finds-strength

    Posted on: 2019/01/02 - 3:56pm

  7. Deborah April Column

    What does a thriving synagogue look like? I was recently asked to be on a panel at a conference on this topic. To prepare, I sat down — in true Reconstructionist style —with Seth Rosen, the chair of our board of governors; Tresa Grauer, who was recently promoted to become vice president for thriving communities; and almost-rabbi Micah Weiss, who will graduate from RRC in June, and just started working with us as assistant director of the Thriving Communities department and tikkun olam specialist.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/what-does-thriving-synagogue-look

    Posted on: 2019/04/02 - 12:02pm

  8. Reconstructionist Affiliates, Rabbis Push for More Just Immigration System

    Members of Bet Am Shalom in White Plains, N.Y., a few years ago, embarked on a quintessentially Reconstructionist process. In a deliberate and participatory fashion, the community, guided by its Tikkun Olam Chevra, chose one issue on which to focus its education, advocacy and direct service efforts. The options — hunger, economic inequality, climate change and immigration — represented large, social problems with systematic and political dimensions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/reconstructionist-communities-immigration-justice

    Posted on: 2019/07/15 - 11:59am

  9. Forces of Nature - RENA Jan 2020

    In October, enormous winds blew off parts of Congregation Beth Evergreen’s (CBE) sukkah. In early December, even stronger winds hurled a giant tree branch onto the roof of the synagogue with such force that it penetrated through to the inside of the building, leaving gaping holes and several surreal-looking limbs pointing down as if, given the season, a reindeer stepped through and got stuck.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/forces-nature

    Posted on: 2020/01/27 - 12:37pm

  10. Cross-Movement Resource Guide Published on Re-Opening Synagogue Buildings

    This past month, a working group made up of staff at the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements collaborated, with major support from the Secure Community Network, on putting together a “Guide to the Considerations about Re-Opening Synagogue Buildings.” The document offers synagogues some guidance and suggested methodical steps for decision-making and implementation of re-opening plans.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/cross-movement-resource-guide-published-re-opening-synagogue-buildings

    Posted on: 2020/06/30 - 4:44pm

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