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  1. 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

  2. Twelve Years A Slave Passover Resource

    This printable resource pairs selected quotes from Solomon Northup’s autobiographical memoir, 12 Years a Slave, with quotes from the Exodus and other Jewish texts. It could be used as source material for divrei torah; as an adult education or religious school resource (probably for middle school and up); or as a Haggadah insert for community or Hillel seders or to individual home seders. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/twelve-years-slave-passover-resource

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 2:11pm

  3. Kaplan Center Peoplehood Conference Resources

    On April 10 and 11 in Philadelphia Jewish scholars, leaders, educators, and Rabbis gathered together for a two day conference on Jewish peoplehood co-sponsored by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the Department of Religion of Temple University, and the National Museum of American Jewish History.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/new-faces-peoplehood-two-educational-reflections-conference-wrestling-jewish-peoplehood

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:13pm

  4. Kaplan Center Kaplanian Report Card

    This evaluation tool provides a rubric for assessing the contemporary state of Jewish education.

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/kaplanian-report-card-evaluation-tool-jewish-education

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:17pm

  5. Child's Biography of Mordecai Kaplan

    This short biography of Mordecai Kaplan is written for children from 5th to 9th grade. It also has proved useful for adult education classes for a brief review of Kaplan’s life before delving into other topics of Kaplanian or Reconstructionist thought. It is accompanied by study questions that might guide your exploration of the meaning of the value of Kaplan’s life and work after having read the story.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/childs-biography-mordecai-kaplan

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:25pm

  6. Teen Exercise: Exploration of God Beliefs

    This pilot program for Jewish teen education provides several activities for exploring and sharing beliefs about God. Originally written in anticipation of the 2016-2017 school year, this experimental program can be used in a variety of settings and times of year. 

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/exploration-god-beliefs-teen-program

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:29pm

  7. Kaplan Center resource: Life of Reconstructionist Educators in Digital Age

    This short article reflects on the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technology in Reconstructionist education. The article is attached as a PDF and reproduced below as well. (The PDF contains a printable chart that is not included in the text on this page.)

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/life-reconstructionist-educators-digital-age

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:43pm

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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