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  1. Toddlers Turn On to Torah

    How can you delight two- and three-year-olds with chanting Torah in ancient melodies called trope? How do you pull them into the storyline, and get them to call out questions and jump out of their seats at the end of each section to shout Hazak! Hazak! Venithazek! (Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened), as if it were a chorus from the latest Disney blockbuster? Rabbi Marisa Elana James did just that as a rabbinical student during her year as director of programming at a congregation in New York City.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/toddlers-turn-torah

    Posted on: 2000/01/01 - 12:00am

  2. Preparing for a Child

    In the year 741 B.C.E., a prince, Hezekiah, was born to the royal family of Judah. The Prophet Isaiah was excited and inspired. Those were bleak times. King Ahaz, Hezekiah’s father, was paying tribute to the Assyrian emperor in order to avoid invasion and destruction. He was fighting with the northern kingdom of Israel and with Syria. Listen to Isaiah:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/preparing-child

    Posted on: 2014/02/01 - 12:00am

  3. Finding Grace in Parenthood

    Jonah Itai Staub, our grandson, emerged on Friday at 6:45 a.m. At 6:52, we received the text from our son Andrew: “Baby is here! Everyone is healthy.” This coming Friday, little Jonah will be circumcised into the covenant of Abraham.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/finding-grace-parenthood

    Posted on: 2014/03/01 - 12:00am

  4. Holding Ourselves Accountable

    Can virtuous behavior be taught?

    I have had my doubts. Of course, parents do their best to instill their values in their children. In retrospect, however, it seems to me as if I learned from the way my parents lived their lives rather than from any values that they tried to teach me. I would say the same thing about how my own children have turned out. If they are honest or kind, it is not because their parents or religious school teachers told them that honesty or kindness are good, but rather because there were people in their lives who have modeled honesty or kindness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/holding-ourselves-accountable

    Posted on: 2014/03/15 - 12:00am

  5. PJI: Hope and the New Zionism

    Israel’s Declaration of Independence, read and signed on the evening of May 14, 1948, begins with the story of Jewish persecution and homelessness. Then it proclaims the principles on which the country will be established.

    One of the paragraphs reads:  

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/hope-and-new-zionism

    Posted on: 2016/01/04 - 12:00am

  6. Jacob Staub KI Talk on Reconstructionism

    In this talk given at Congregation Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California, Rabbi Jacob Staub explores what makes Reconstructionist communities unique. Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/what-makes-reconstructionist-congregation-different

    Posted on: 2016/10/28 - 1:11am

  7. Statement on Petach Tikvah Open Market Terrorist Attack

  8. Statement on Knesset Law that Retroactively Authorizes Settlement Outposts

    RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association strongly oppose the Knesset's passage earlier this week of a law known as the “Regularization Bill.” The law, which passed by a vote of 60-52, retroactively legalizes 4,000 settler housing units that were built without the Israeli government's authorization on property the government acknowledges was privately owned by Palestinians.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/statement-knesset-law-retroactively-authorizes-settlement-outposts

    Posted on: 2017/02/08 - 12:00am

  9. Statement on Terrorist Attack in Quebec

    We at RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities grieve for the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack on worshipers at the Grande Mosquée de Québec. We stand in solidarity with people who are Muslim in Canada and around the world to mourn this horrific loss and to end violence and terrorism. An attack on one holy space is an attack on the sanctity of all holy spaces.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/statement-terrorist-attack-quebec

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 12:00am

  10. DW statement to faith leaders Nov 2016

    Rabbi Deborah Waxman spoke from a Jewish perspective to faith leaders during a 11/28/2016 call on “Faith and Solidarity during a time of White Supremacy.” Her comments were part of a conference call sponsored by Faith In The Public Sphere.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/rabbi-deborah-waxman-speaks-faith-leaders-solidarity

    Posted on: 2016/12/06 - 2:16pm

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