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  1. Peoplehood Reconsidered

    “PeoplehoodReconsidered 

    [Originally delivered at the 41st JRF Convention, Plenary Session, November 9, 2006]

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/peoplehood-reconsidered

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 9:06am

  2. The Halakhic Basis for Community Financing of Jewish Life

    This article summarizes a wealth of information found in With All Your Possessions: Jewish Ethics and Economic Life, by Meir Tamari.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/halakhic-basis-community-financing-jewish-life

    Posted on: 2010/01/01 - 12:00am

  3. A Jewish Approach to Obligatory Giving

    (Reprinted from Congregations Magazine, The Alban Institute, Nov/Dec 2001. This piece was written by Bob Leventhal and Rabbi Shawn Zevit)

    The rabbi squirms in his seat when a leader suggests that he engage in fundraising. Perennially vocal board members grow silent when it is time to follow up with congregants about their financial obligations. The topic of money makes us uncomfortable. But no organized religion has ever been without a need for resources or an expectation of offerings, dues, or taxes to support its institutions. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-obligatory-giving

    Posted on: 2001/11/01 - 12:00am

  4. Group Discussion About Money (RT Winter 1999/2000)

    This piece was originally published in Reconstructionism Today in its Winter 1999/2000 issue. It is included here for its historical interest and variety of perspectives. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/group-discussion-about-money

    Posted on: 1999/05/24 - 12:00am

  5. Dues and Financial Policy: Our Tax for Jewish Citizenship

    Early Models

    Since developing as a people after the exodus from Egypt, the most common method of raising funds in Jewish community has been through taxation (see Exodus 30 on the half-shekel, Exodus 35 on free-will offerings, Leviticus 19 and Deuteronomy 14, 24, and 26 on tithing). This is by no means unique to the Jewish people.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/dues-and-financial-policy-our-tax-jewish-citizenship

    Posted on: 2005/10/01 - 12:00am

  6. Synagogue Membership As a Requirement For Religious School Enrollment

    This listserv thread from November 2001 still contains valuable discussion on congregational policy. 


    Jeff Steinberg, Toronto, Ontario

    I sit on our Hebrew school committee, which is currently reviewing a policy of the congregation. The policy requires congregational membership after one year's enrollment in the school. The school, in effect, serves a membership gathering function.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/synagogue-membership-requirement-religious-school-enrollment

    Posted on: 2001/11/01 - 12:00am

  7. Les Bronstein - Welcoming the Stranger

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    When people would ask me to describe our congregation, I used to boast to them about the joyous seriousness of our davening; the dedication and intensity of our lehrhaus-style adult learning; the courage of our social action undertakings; and the pride our people take in being a reasonably successful experiment in creating Jewish sacred peoplehood.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/creating-culture-welcome

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:20pm

  8. Welcoming the Stranger (Brian Field)

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    In 1997 the Colorado Jewish Federation undertook a demographic study of the Denver-Boulder Jewish population.  It discovered an affiliation rate of around 30%. In other words, a majority of Jews were, in effect, strangers in our own community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/including-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:39pm

  9. Making Seder and Kiddush more inclusive

    One of the small but significant innovations of the Reconstructionist haggadah, “A Night of Questions,” was the rubric “wine or grape juice” that appears before each of the traditional four cups of the Seder as well as in the Introduction of how to prepare for Pesach.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/making-seder-and-kiddush-more-inclusive

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 3:51pm

  10. Resources for Respectful Dialogue on Israel

    From the Reconstructionist Movement

    Rabbi Toba Spitzer, RRC ’97: “A Guide to Talking about Israel in Your Congregation” 

    PEARL call with Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, RRC ’85, and Cherie Brown, founder and executive director of the National Coalition Building Institute: “Having the Hard Conversations about Israel” http://archive.jewishrecon.org/pearl-sessions-2013

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/resources-respectful-dialogue-israel

    Posted on: 2016/04/19 - 12:24pm

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