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  1. Congregational Safety Resources

    In the months since the October 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack, we have been sharing resources with Reconstructionist communities that address questions of how to make our synagogues safer while also upholding Jewish values of racial justice, interfaith community building, and equity. This page gathers together what we’ve shared so far with our educators, executive directors and presidents.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/synagogue-safety-security-and-values-resources

    Posted on: 2019/04/29 - 1:45pm

  2. Community Guidelines for Commenting

    Community Guidelines

    • Be respectful of other commenters. Meeting differences of opinion with civil discussion encourages multiple perspectives and a positive commenting environment.  Remember to criticize ideas, not people. Avoid name-calling and ad hominem attacks. Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the quality of the conversation.
      • “Do not be scornful of any person.” Pirkei Avot 4:3

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/community-guidelines-commenting

    Posted on: 2016/05/04 - 2:50pm

  3. Liturgy and Prayer PEARL session 2010

    When we worship in public we know our life is part of a larger life, a wave of an ocean of being- the first-hand experience of that larger life which is God.”

    Mordecai Kaplan

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/liturgy-and-prayer-leadership-distance-learning-session

    Posted on: 2017/01/30 - 4:22pm

  4. 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

  5. Take Your Judaism For A Walk

    My dictionary defines ecology as “the relationship of organisms to their environment.” The root, eco, is from the Greek word oikos, meaning house, the space we inhabit. When we speak of ecology today, however, we generally mean making the world a better place to live in by cleaning it up. I would like to present two approaches to this subject—first, that of two experts in the field, and second, an idea that I had.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/take-your-judaism-walk

    Posted on: 2016/04/15 - 12:09pm

  6. How to Build Just and Holy Congregations

    Although to every individual the achievement of personal salvation is his supreme quest and responsibility, it is unattainable without devotion to the task of social salvation.–Mordecai M. Kaplan, The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Religion

     


    Smashing the Imperialist Napkinholder


    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-build-just-and-holy-congregations

    Posted on: 2016/05/12 - 1:34pm

  7. "Straight-Welcoming?!" – Creating an Inclusive Community

    Jewish communities of all stripes are grappling with the challenge of creating more inclusive communities. In particular, there is an unprecedented focus on welcoming LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Jews. At Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH) in Atlanta, our commitment to inclusivity emerged organically. Founded by gay and lesbian Jews, we became straight-welcoming; today, straight members constitute the majority. We had to decide whether our values were queer specific or queer universal.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/straight-welcoming-creating-inclusive-community

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:25am

  8. A Zionism Worth Reconstructing

    The attachment of younger North American Jews to Israel is not what it used to be.


    As recently as 30 years ago, the State of Israel was central to Jewish identity in North America. After the Holocaust, Jews took pride in Israelis’ self-defense. Israel was viewed as a shining example of the dogged commitment to democracy and human rights in the face of the unremitting hostility of its neighbors. It held the promise of Jewish revival in a new, modern idiom. Visits to the Land had the emotional intensity of pilgrimages, of returning home after two millennia.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/zionism-worth-reconstructing

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:37am

  9. Reconstructionism, Chosenness, and the Abrahamic Dialogue

    The first time I encountered the idea that Jews were a “chosen people,” I learned that this was a mistaken and even pernicious belief that was held by other Jews. The rejection of chosenness made sense to me then as a 12 year old preparing for her bat mitzvah in a Reconstructionist congregation. It has continued to make sense to me over the years, for all the reasons that Rabbi Deborah Waxman so eloquently lays out in her article, “Rejecting Chosenness in Favor of Distinctiveness.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/reconstructionism-chosenness-and-abrahamic-dialogue

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:44am

  10. 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

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