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  1. Yizkor Prayer for Righteous Gentiles

    In the early part of 1939, my father, mother and infant brother were living in Paris, as refugees from the pogroms in Romania. They were illegal immigrants, living modestly with the hope of giving themselves and their son a better future than the one they had. But World War II was approaching, and the citizens of France were in danger of falling prey to the Vichy regime that was collaborating with Germany and Hitler. As Jews and illegal residents, my parents were in an extremely precarious situation. They were poor and had no connections or reasonable way of changing their situation.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/yizkor-prayer-righteous-gentiles

    Posted on: 2016/09/29 - 12:45pm

  2. 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

  3. Cutting Edge Dialogue Opening Tab

    Reconstructionist Judaism originated as a cutting edge call to change and innovation in the Jewish community. Our fundamental commitment to adaptation remains central to our mission. In August 2015, we opened a dialogue on that legacy of engaging with, and sometimes pushing, established boundaries. What opportunities and challenges arise from being on the cutting edge? How has that approach shaped the Reconstructionist and broader Jewish communities, as the 21st century unfolds before us?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/introduction

    Posted on: 2016/11/02 - 6:14pm

  4. Reconstructionism - CORE by Doug Heifetz

    Reconstructionism understands Judaism to be the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people. Rearranged slightly, the key words above form the memorable acronym CORE:

    • Civilization
    • Of the Jewish People
    • Religious
    • Evolving

    What do the terms of CORE tell us about the Reconstructionist approach to Jewish life?

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/what-reconstructionist-judaism-core-answer

    Posted on: 2016/11/16 - 1:16pm

  5. Peoplehood Study Texts

    What is Jewish peoplehood, and how is it relevant today? Rabbi James Greene assembled this collection of texts to explore these questions.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-peoplehood-philosophies-jewish-engagement-21st-century

    Posted on: 2016/11/16 - 3:12pm

  6. God in Metaphor

    For many people, attending High Holydays services is a bit like going to a play where you really don't like the main character—where, much of the time, you doubt the very existence of the main character! If the “main character” in our traditional High Holydays liturgy is God, this can be quite a problem for anyone seeking a meaningful spiritual experience.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/god-metaphor-guide-perplexed

    Posted on: 2016/11/17 - 3:25pm

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Guide to Free Media Publicity

    Introduction

    The goal of this document is to provide synagogues with guidance regarding how to obtain publicity that will enhance their outreach efforts. All this information will be useful for publicizing other aspects of synagogue life as well. By publicity, we mean non-paid editorial mention, whether it be an announcement, a photo, a feature story on radio or TV.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/guide-free-media-publicity

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 8:25am

  10. Making Decisions on Controversial Issues

    Every congregation (or havurah) faces disagreements, in which particular individuals or sub-groups feel compelled to challenge the status quo. While these disputes are often resolved amicably, they can also result in individuals feeling a need to leave the group, or in some instances, a group of individuals feeling a need to start a new group based on the point of conflict. None of these results is necessarily bad or wrong. But there are times when such disagreements create a negative atmosphere and hurt feelings that never heal.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/making-decisions-controversial-issues

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 8:54am

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