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  1. The Value of a DIfferent Path

    Mother’s Day and Father’s Day may have been invented by Hallmark as a brilliant strategy for selling greeting cards, but these days are becoming embedded in the warp and woof of our culture’s values and ritual practice. I am in favor of encouraging children and partners to appreciate celebrate the love of parents. I do think, however, that we are taking it a bit too far.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/value-different-path

    Posted on: 2014/05/10 - 12:00am

  2. Coming Out

    Long before I came out as a gay man when I was 49 years old, I had heard the saying: “Coming out is a process, not an event.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/coming-out

    Posted on: 2014/06/01 - 12:00am

  3. Ways to Welcome New Members

    “Most people who leave your community will do so within the first year, usually because they haven't made a friend.” - Rabbi Arnie Rachlis
     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/ways-welcome-new-members-brief-overview

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

  4. Four Children Count the Omer

    The following classroom activity relates the Counting of the Omer to the Four Children of the Passover seder.

     


    Wise Child: What are the directions, the laws, and the rules that our Torah teaches us about counting the Omer?

    We are taught, in Leviticus 23: 15-17:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/four-children-count-omer

    Posted on: 2017/04/19 - 1:59pm

  5. Budgets: Living Our Values in a Financial Plan

    A budget is an implementation document, a part of an overall plan. It is a plan expressed in monetary terms that help define financial questions and answers within the diverse mix of a community.

    We create budgets for the same reason we create other plans - so that the use of our limited resources will be consonant with our values and priorities. In the final analysis there may never be enough resources for everything we want to do- but there can be increased financial capacity to realize our mission.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/budgets-living-our-values-financial-plan

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

  6. Organizing Money: Capital Campaigns and Fundraising

    The terms “Organizing Money” and “The Torah of Money” were coined by Jeffrey Dekro, formerly the president of The Shefa Fund (now Bend the Arc) and a member of Reconstructionist synagogue Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia. It reflects the concept that asking people for money is optimally about bringing them more deeply into communal relationship.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/organizing-money-capital-campaigns-and-fundraising

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

  7. Fundraising Tips

    General Fundraising

    • Fundraising should be “soul raising.” It should teach people about Reconstructionism and make people more knowledgeable Jewishly, as well as raise money.
    • Make small givers feel as comfortable as big givers. 
    • Focus congregation’s vision on the case statement of what you want to do, what is important and why it’s important. 
    • Avoid the need for financial crisis management by having fundraisers in the earliest part of your fiscal year. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/basic-fundraising-tips

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

  8. 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

  9. Fundraising Through Grants

    This is a small but growing collection of resources on fundraising and grantwriting. It is based on a workshop handout compiled by Sharon Schwartz, education director at Kehilat HaNahar.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/fundraising-through-grants

    Posted on: 2017/04/19 - 5:38pm

  10. 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

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