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  1. Reclaiming Judaism After Centuries Underground

    The mountain town of Serrastretta in the Calabria region of southern Italy is not an obvious place to find a synagogue, let alone a Reconstructionist one. But beneath the Catholic surface of this remote community lies a surprising Jewish legacy: Many families are descended from b’nei anusim, Jews who underwent forced conversion to Catholicism during the Inquisition.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reclaiming-judaism-after-centuries-underground

    Posted on: 2018/06/14 - 12:03pm

  2. July Leadership Column

    I frequently describe myself as an evangelist for progressive religion. I spend much of my time making the case for why folks should belong. Why belong to any religion? Why belong to the Jewish people? Why belong to a synagogue? Why belong to the Reconstructionist movement?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/drawing-comfort-community

    Posted on: 2018/07/02 - 9:57am

  3. Seth Rosen Aug 6

    In the last several weeks, two experiences, both of them ongoing, have made clear to me the power and persistency of “gathering” as a lynchpin of building and sustaining a spiritual community within the Reconstructionist movement. By “gathering,” I mean physically gathering—being together at the same time, in the same place, for one another and with one another.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/gathering-together

    Posted on: 2018/08/06 - 4:45pm

  4. Evolve: Sowing the Seeds of Constructive Evolution

  5. Reconstructing Jewish Communities Panel Learning Module

    On the opening night of the Reconstructing Judaism Convention in November of 2018, an extraordinary panel of rabbis reflected on a crucial question: how do we reconstruct Jewish communities in this time and place, to meet tomorrow’s challenges? We’ve divided up the conversation into five sessions, and supplied material for reflection and discussion. We hope you’ll find this conversation as thought-provoking as we did. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/learn/convention-community-panel

    Posted on: 2019/05/10 - 3:20pm

  6. Convention Press Release

    Since the first Reconstructionist congregation was founded a century ago, the Reconstructionist movement has served as a laboratory for innovation in Jewish life. B’Yachad: Reconstructing Judaism Together, the upcoming movement-wide convention, will likewise model creative Jewish expression for the present and future, Reconstructing what it means to gather safely, purposefully and joyfully. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/reconstructionist-set-gather-person-and-virtually-highlight-present-and-imagine-future

    Posted on: 2022/03/04 - 11:29am

  7. Rejecting Chosenness in Favor of Distinctiveness

    In what sense and to what extent do Jews still believe ourselves to be “chosen”?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/rejecting-chosenness-favor-distinctiveness

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:48am

  8. Judaism as a Generation

    Readers of Mordecai Kaplan, and those familiar with Reconstructionist thinking, will recognize the playfulness of this essay’s title. Kaplan’s pioneering work, Judaism as a Civilization, challenged American Jews to think creatively and courageously about Jewish life; he wrote about a people bound together not just by shared ritual observance, but by music, art, intellectual engagement, and a joyful sense of purpose. Kaplan’s central argument was that Jewish civilization has never been static, but has always been dynamic.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/judaism-generation-kaplan-levi-strauss-and-why-i-believe-jewish-future

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 12:26pm

  9. Reconstructing Yiddishkeit

    Among recent attempts to define “Jewish authenticity,” I find one characterization of its absence most intriguing. In an essay titled “The Imaginary Jew” that appeared in The Nation three years ago, literary critic William Deresiewicz analyzed the failure of contemporary Jewish fiction to produce hard-nosed explorations of the present, and noted its tendency to rely instead on whimsical exoticism. This, he claimed, could be contextualized as part of a larger social trend.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructing-yiddishkeit

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 1:05pm

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