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  1. When the Call Comes, Will Your Congregation Be Ready?

    “Do you have any resources about how to deal with guests, calls and emails from people who are interested in becoming a member or are curious about our congregation?”

    It’s a smart question.

    In an age when people avoid religious institutions, an email or phone call from a prospective member is an opportunity that synagogues cannot afford to lose. But, too often, congregations drop the ball.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/when-call-comes-will-your-congregation-be-ready

    Posted on: 2017/04/19 - 10:23am

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Recon Today-Jennifer Janes

    Jennifer Janes may live in the same city she had as a teen, but she’s traveled a long road to find her spiritual home in Reconstructionist Judaism and Congregation Beth Am in San Antonio, Texas.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/finding-reconstructionist-judaism-lone-star-state

    Posted on: 2017/05/03 - 11:18am

  7. Statement on Summer 2015 Violence in Israel

  8. Statement Responding to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    The Reconstructionist movement celebrates the Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, ruling marriage equality for our country. We are kvelling that all couples will be seen as equal in our nation. Gay and lesbian couples now have the same rights, responsibilities and benefits as heterosexual couples. As important is the dignity this new status confers on all same-sex couples. We are in awe of the many acts, known and unknown, that brought us to this very place, a shehechiyanu moment indeed.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/statement-responding-same-sex-marriage-ruling

    Posted on: 2015/06/30 - 12:00am

  9. Call for Submissions: Embracing the Stranger

     

    We welcome your submission for the High Holidays on the theme of “Embracing the Stranger — Within and Without”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/call-submissions-embracing-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/05/30 - 10:19am

  10. Statement on May 2017 Terrorist Attacks

    RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association are shocked and aggrieved by today’s terrorist attack on a bus carrying a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians to visit the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor in Minya province, south of Cairo. Masked gunmen killed at least 28 worshipers, including children, and wounded at least 20 more people. As of this moment no group has claimed responsibility, but this attack follows a series of recent attacks on the Coptic Christian community in Egypt.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/statement-terrorist-attacks

    Posted on: 2017/05/26 - 12:00am

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