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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. A Jewish Approach to Discipline

    We've all been students in classrooms where a teacher makes remarks like the following:.

    “Somebody must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning” or “I'm not surprised you forgot your homework. You'd probably forget your head if it wasn't attached to your shoulders” or “You have the lowest score in the class!” We cringe because we can imagine the hurt and embarrassment the remarks have caused. We may even be pained that in the past we said something similar to our students.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-discipline

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:45pm

  4. High Holiday Children's Services - Discussion

     


    Discussion from March 2003


    Vicki Phillips, B’nai Havurah, Denver, CO

    Greetings Edtalkers,

    This is Vicki from B’nai Havurah in Denver, Colorado. I am on the Children’s High Holiday Programming committee. I have been involved with this committee on and off for about the last 8 years. I am currently asking for your input on what your synagogue does/offers for youth, grades kindergarten through 6th or 7th grade (B’nai Mitzvah) during the Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur Services.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/high-holiday-childrens-services-discussion

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:06am

  5. Role of Obligation in Jewish Education (Discussion)

    Discussion from November - December, 2001


     

    Sarah Rubin - Monday November 26, 2001:

    EdTalk Chevre,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/role-obligation-jewish-education-discussion

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:49am

  6. 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

  7. A Discussion About Teaching Hanukkah: Miracle or Not?

    Discussion from November 2004


    Toni Bloomberg Grossman, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

    Hi everyone,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/discussion-about-teaching-hanukkah-miracle-or-not

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:31pm

  8. Educating Future Jews: Jewish-Americans or American Jews?

    Should children receiving conflicting, non-Jewish, religious education be allowed to enroll in a synagogue school?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/educating-future-jews-jewish-americans-or-american-jews

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 10:34am

  9. Nurturing a Belief in God (Educators' resource)

    This guide explores how to discuss God with children; it relates theological concepts to the natural world, human relationships and other parts of a child's world. It was first published in Creative Jewish Education (editors Rabbis Jeffrey Schein and Jacob Staub); it was later reprinted in The Reconstructionist (1986).

     


     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/nurturing-belief-god

    Posted on: 1986/06/01 - 12:00am

  10. High Holiday Torah Services - Educators' Discussion


    Discussion from March 2003


    Vicki Phillips, B'nai Havurah, Denver, CO

    Greetings Edtalkers,

    This is Vicki from B'nai Havurah in Denver, Colorado. I am on the Children's High Holiday Programming committee. I have been involved with this committee on and off for about the last 8 years. I am currently asking for your input on what your synagogue does/offers for youth, grades kindergarten through 6th or 7th grade (B'nai Mitzvah) during the Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur Services.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/high-holiday-torah-services-educators-discussion

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 5:51pm

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