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  1. Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education Workshops

    This three-part family education series addresses issues related to bar/bat mitzvah. It is designed for a large group of parents and students and uses active learning exercises. It covers issues around Jewish identity, the meaning of bar/bat mitzvah, and common concerns that parents and students have about the process. It was written by Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman for use at Congregation Shaarei Shamayim in Madison, Wisconsin.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/barbat-mitzvah-family-education-series

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 8:05pm

  2. Broken Tablets text study

    A study sheet on the two sets of tablets in the Sinai/Golden Calf story. Prepared by Rabbi Sharon Stiefel for Shavuot study at Congregation Mayim Rabim

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/broken-tablets

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 9:34pm

  3. Why We Need Process Theology

    What is “process theology”? Rabbi Toba Spitzer argues that it offers ways to think and talk about God that make sense in a modern scientific framework, that resonate with Jewish texts and traditions, and that promote wise and ethical behavior. 

    This article originally appeared in CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Winter 2012. Copyright by Central Conference of American Rabbis. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/why-we-need-process-theology

    Posted on: 2016/11/18 - 8:21am

  4. Fred Dobb Eco-Judaism session - Global Day 2016

    “Love of the Creator, and love of that which G!d has created, are finally one and the same,” wrote Martin Buber.  Defending this divine creation in an era of climate change is a Jewish (and social, political, and moral) imperative.  A rich Jewish life is by nature an environmental one, though we need to pick up the pace, draw more explicit connections, and make our community a beacon of sustainability.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/eco-judaism-there-any-other-kind-how-torah-pushes-sustainability-envelope

    Posted on: 2016/11/21 - 1:20am

  5. Intro to PR and Media Relations Webinar July 2015

    Jewish Reconstructionist Communities has hosted monthly webinars on congregational communications topics ranging from marketing tool best practices to exploring the successful campaigns organized by Reconstructionist congregations.

    Records of past live webinars can be viewed on this site. 

    For more information about these and other resources, contact Rachael Burgess at rburgess@rrc.edu or 215-576-0800, ext. 141.

     

    Introduction to PR and Media Relations

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/webinar-introduction-pr-and-media-relations

    Posted on: 2016/11/21 - 4:00pm

  6. Environmental Activism and Jewish Spirituality - RT

    This symposium among eight Reconstructionist leaders explores the interface between environmental activism and Jewish spirituality. Originally published in Winter 2001/2002 issue of Reconstructionism Today, this discussion remains relevant and valuable. 

    The leaders participating, and their positions at the time, were:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/environmental-activism-and-jewish-spirituality

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 8:40am

  7. Text Study - Genesis - Nature of First Human

    In the first two chapters of the Torah, we find two different accounts of the creation of humanity. In the first, humanity is created as a complete entity, male and female. In the second, Adam is created first, while Eve originates from his rib. In this text study, Rabbi Maurice Harris explores the tension between these two stories, and presents a teaching from Midrash Bereishit Rabbah that presents food for thought about gender, essentialism, and the nature of humanity. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/text-study-creation-story-nature-first-human

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 1:53pm

  8. The Midwives of Exodus Text Study

    The following is an easily-accessible text study about the ethnic ambiguity that the Torah presents us with regarding the midwives who refused to obey Pharaoh's orders. (Exodus, Chapter 1). 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/midwives-exodus-interfaith-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 1:58pm

  9. 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

  10. When You Say God, What Do You Mean?

    When we say “God” what do we mean? Ideas of God have changed dramatically over Jewish history. These Powerpoint slides explore some of that evolution. These slides accompanied Rabbi Maurice Harris's talk from the Global Day of Jewish Learning, 2010. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/when-you-say-god-what-do-you-mean

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 2:28pm

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