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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. Seeing the Other

    Recently I was invited to teach a group of queer Jewish undergraduates who on their own initiative, organized themselves into a group that meets weekly over dinner at the campus Hillel Foundation (Jewish Center) to discuss topics and issues of common concern. They asked me to speak on “Queering Jewish Theology,” and I led them for an hour through a study of several traditional sacred texts that suggest ways that human beings might engage with God in a way that does not depend on the approval of communal human authorities.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/seeing-other

    Posted on: 2014/01/01 - 12:00am

  3. The Value of a DIfferent Path

    Mother’s Day and Father’s Day may have been invented by Hallmark as a brilliant strategy for selling greeting cards, but these days are becoming embedded in the warp and woof of our culture’s values and ritual practice. I am in favor of encouraging children and partners to appreciate celebrate the love of parents. I do think, however, that we are taking it a bit too far.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/value-different-path

    Posted on: 2014/05/10 - 12:00am

  4. Strange Thoughts: A New Take on Loving the Stranger

    When newspaper style guides started adopting “they ” and “their” as singular, gender-neutral pronouns a friend told me, “I get why this should be done. It is the right thing to do. But it is going to be really hard for me to switch. It is not going to just roll off my tongue.” His words reminded me of someone who was on a rabbi search committee who was interviewing female rabbis for the first time, who confided, “I know I should give these women a fair shake, but it is not how I grew up. When I close my eyes and picture a rabbi, I see a beard and hear a man’s voice.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/strange-thoughts-new-take-loving-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/16 - 3:43pm

  5. Further Resources on Embracing the Stranger - Interpersonal

    We’d like to offer these further pieces from Ritualwell.org and Jewishrecon.org on embracing the stranger face-to-face.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/read-more

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:14pm

  6. A Stranger in Two Communities

    Perhaps, for some people, the decision to convert to Judaism comes in a Road-to-Damascus moment (to mix religious metaphors)—all of a sudden, you know that you want to be a Jew. That was not what happened in my life.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/stranger-two-communities-second-generation-american-and-jewish-convert

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:23pm

  7. Further Resources - Embracing Stranger - Internal

    We’d like to offer these further pieces from Ritualwell.org and ReconstructingJudaism.org on the internal work that individual Jews and their communities can do to welcome those who feel estranged.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/further-resources-within

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 1:01pm

  8. 2017 Launch Grant: Shelly Barnathan

  9. 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

  10. Book Club Session 2 11/13/17

    The open tent, the figuring out how to welcome those whom others don’t welcome, is the essence of Judaism. To cease to be the oppressor.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/bookclubsecondsession

    Posted on: 2017/11/14 - 12:08pm

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