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  1. Teen "TEL" Curriculum: Derekh Eretz

    The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Derekh Eretz is a Hebrew expression broadly meaning “treatment of others.” 

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teen-tel-curriculum-derekh-eretz

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 1:57pm

  2. Teen "TEL" Curriculum: Tikkun Olam

    The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew expression broadly meaning “reparing the world.” 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teen-tel-curriculum-tikkun-olam

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 2:02pm

  3. Teen "TEL" Curriculum: Hiddur Mitzvah

    The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Hiddur Mitzvah is a Hebrew expression meaning “beautification of a mitzvah,” which we here interpret as creativity in its broadest sense. 

    The curricular units are:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/teen-tel-curriculum-hiddur-mitzvah

    Posted on: 2016/04/21 - 2:25pm

  4. Classroom Management and Lesson Planning

    This manual provides practical suggestions and tools for lesson planning and classroom management. It includes excellent resources for bringing a “multiple intelligences ” awareness into classrooms. Developed for use in the Sh'lom Kitah Program of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington in 2002-03. Contents include:

    • I  Introductions

    • II  Meyerson’s List of False Assumptions*

      • Transitional difficulties

      • Content

      • Relationships

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/classroom-management-and-lesson-planning

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:33pm

  5. Herzl Play, Monologue and Activities (Grades 4-7)

    Theodor Herzl: A Zionist Pioneer: A Monologue, Scene, and Activities designed by Gabrielle S. Kaplan

    Commissioned by the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation of Metropolitan New York’s Israel Education Project

    The play and activities have been designed for use with students in fourth through seventh grades.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/herzl-play-monologue-and-activities-grades-4-7

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:28pm

  6. Introduction to Midrash (5th Grade and Up)

    This lesson about the Garden of Eden encourages students to generate their own midrash. It models an approach that can be applied to other Torah texts. It was written by Rabbi Shai Gluskin from the Reconstructionist movement and Deena Salmon of B'nai Keshet in Montclair, NJ. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/introduction-midrash-5th-grade-and

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:34pm

  7. Zionism and Communal Covenant

    In 2004, the JRF Israel Policies Task Force issued a report calling for a recommitment to Zionism. This excerpt from that report explores Kaplan's definition of “New Zionism.” It also discusses how a communal covenant could strengthen the relationships among the Reconstructionist community, Israel and the broader Jewish community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/zionism-and-communal-covenant-reconstructionist-approach

    Posted on: 2016/05/05 - 2:47pm

  8. Mishnah Impossible

    This is a hands-on, team activity for the week before Sukkot that allows students to build sukkot according to instructions given in the Mishnah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/mishnah-impossible

    Posted on: 2016/05/05 - 5:28pm

  9. Eleh Ezakara - Sacrifice and Martyrdom

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is never an easy day. Fasting, however, is not the real problem. Rather, the day's challenge comes from its demand that we confront deep spiritual, theological, and philosophical issues we would often wish to avoid. We are asked to consider, for example: the tension between sin and forgiveness, the relationship between suffering and redemption, and the emergence of hope out of tragedy. The prayers and readings of Yom Kippur demand that we meditate on these themes as personal challenges, but present them to us in grand images on a mythic scale.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/eleh-ezakara-sacrifice-and-martyrdom

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

  10. Our Akeidah, Our Binding

    There is a thread running through all the Rosh haShanah portions, except one: that thread is fathers and children, mothers and children.

    The Akedah is the sole exception.

    Where are the mothers today? 

    This is an impressionistic reading of the Akedah.

    It does not explain the text.

    This is not the comfortable reading that, in praising our ancestor Abraham, gains credit for ourselves.

    This is not the reading that shows we are a people who have long put aside idolatry and child sacrifice.

    I have no comfort today, only questions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/dvar-torah/our-akeidah-our-binding

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:13am

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