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  1. Israel sermon - sid - limiting debate

    (This article appeared in the New York Jewish Week on February 2, 2014.)

    The current controversy brewing in the Hillel universe is only the latest example of a Jewish community polarized over how we can or can’t talk about Israel. The guidelines, developed by national Hillel in 2010, were designed to provide a basis upon which a local Hillel could prevent overtly anti-Israel groups from speaking under the Hillel banner.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/limiting-debate-israel-will-only-hurt-us

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 12:02pm

  2. Dialogue Episode 3 - Aurora Mendelsohn

    Aurora Mendelsohn grew up in a Reconstructionist community. In this interview, she shares how that background has shaped her own Jewish life, and reflects on the challenges and opportunities facing new generations of committed progressive Jews.

    The interview for this podcast was conducted by Hila Ratzabi, Editorial Associate for Ritualwell.org. Audio editing and production by Rabbi Michael Fessler, Editor of Jewishrecon.org. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/podcast/episode-3

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 2:24pm

  3. 2015 Annual Report

    RRC’s 2015 Annual Report, in video format. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/animated-annual-report

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 2:32pm

  4. Grad 2015

    RRC Graduation 2015

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/rrc-graduation-2015

    Posted on: 2016/02/17 - 2:34pm

  5. Fighting for a Good Name

    With few transgender role models, Rabbi Jacob Lieberman, ’15, faced harassment and bullying almost entirely alone growing up. As an adult, he found acceptance within the Reconstructionist community and from himself. In this d’var torah, Rabbi Lieberman shares how Jewish resources can help comfort those who struggle to find acceptance and wholeness.

    Psalm 41 - Translation by Rabbi Jacob Lieberman + Hebrew

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/fighting-good-name

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 2:49pm

  6. Dialogue Episode 1 - Shira Stutman

    In this interview, Rabbi Shira Stutman reflects on the promise and potential of an open, welcoming and pluralistic synagogue and community space. 

     

    Transcript

    A transcript of this podcast is available here. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/podcast/episode-1

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 1:31pm

  7. Dialogue Episode 2 - Fred Scherlinder Dobb

    Transcript

    A transcript of this podcast is available here. 

     

    Show Notes

    The interview for this podcast was conducted by Hila Ratzabi, Editorial Associate for Ritualwell.org. Audio editing and production by Rabbi Michael Fessler, Editor of Jewishrecon.org. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/podcast/episode-2

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 1:45pm

  8. What's God Have to Do With It?

    A High Holiday Sermon delivered by by Rabbi Sid Schwarz at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD
    Yom Kippur 2007

    Some of you will remember the old Art Linkletter show. His signature piece on the show was his interviews with children which he later compiled in a book called Kids Say the Darndest Things. I thought of this when I recently picked up a book entitled, Children’s Letters to God. Here are a few excerpts:

    “Dear God:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/whats-god-have-do-it

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:32am

  9. Being Part of the Universe

    Let us begin by remembering that the spiritual always points toward the unity of things, not their division. Judaism tries to help us to work from a higher perspective. To celebrate the creation of the world, as we do on Rosh Hashanah, is to see ourselves as an integral part of all that is and not to see ourselves as the measure of all things. The egotistical, self-centered part of our mind, “the evil urge” if you will, always leads us to experience our separateness from the natural world.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/being-part-universe

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 12:54pm

  10. Reconstructionist Torah Blessings

    The traditional blessing before reading from the Torah contains the phrase אֲשֶׁר בָּֽחַר בָּֽנוּ מִכָּל הָעַמִּים (asher bakhar banu mikol ha’amim) — “Praised are you Lord our God, ruler of the Universe, who has chosen us from among all peoples by giving us the Torah.”  The Reconstructionist version of that phrase is rewritten as אֲשֶׁר קֵרְבָנוּ לַעֲבוֹדָתוֹ (asher kervanu la’avodato), “who has drawn us to your service by giving us the Torah.” This change preserves the notion of Torah as our unique and prec

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/reconstructionist-blessing-torah-reading

    Posted on: 2016/06/16 - 5:06pm

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