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  1. Teen Exercise: Exploration of God Beliefs

    This pilot program for Jewish teen education provides several activities for exploring and sharing beliefs about God. Originally written in anticipation of the 2016-2017 school year, this experimental program can be used in a variety of settings and times of year. 

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/exploration-god-beliefs-teen-program

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:29pm

  2. Kaplan Center resource: Life of Reconstructionist Educators in Digital Age

    This short article reflects on the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technology in Reconstructionist education. The article is attached as a PDF and reproduced below as well. (The PDF contains a printable chart that is not included in the text on this page.)

    This resource is part of a package of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood kindly provided by the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/life-reconstructionist-educators-digital-age

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 1:43pm

  3. Yigdal Reconstructionist Text Study

    Yigdal, one of the most beloved of the medieval piyyutim (liturgical poems), appears as an opening hymn in the daily morning service. Yigdal summarizes the thirteen principles of the Jewish faith as formulated by Moses Maimonides (RaMBaM; late 12th century C.E.) in his Mishnah commentary on Sanhedrin 10:1.
     
    Reconstructionists often proudly assert that when we pray with a Reconstructionist siddur, we feel that we can 'say what we mean and mean what we say,' because our liturgical language reflects Reconstructionist theology.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/yigdal-reconstructionist-examination

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 2:00pm

  4. Theology Through the Civilizations Text Study

    In this text study, Rabbi James Greene examines diverse ideas of God throughout the evolution of Jewish civilization. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/theology-through-jewish-civilization

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 3:57pm

  5. Text study on Lekh Lekha and Zionism

    This text study pairs Biblical passages on the Promised Land with contemporary text selections on the same topic.  Each text represents a view of what “Promised Land” means, and has been interpreted by Jewish thinkers, over the millennia. Guide questions are provided, along with a short leader's guide. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/lekh-lekha-and-promised-land-text-study

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 4:12pm

  6. The Reconstructionist Revolution (PEARL call, Jane Litman)

    In this hour-long conference call, Rabbi Jane Litman presents an overview of the revolutionary ideas that underlie the first century of Reconstructionist Judaism.

    Selected quotes follow. The entire call transcript is available at the bottom of this page. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/reconstructionist-revolution-foundational-ideas

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 6:51pm

  7. Beshallah text study - at the sea

    This selection of midrashim on the crossing of the Red Sea provides a window into the tradition’s ethical concerns surrounding this well-known story. The texts may be read below, or downloaded in PDF form.

     

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/sea-selection-midrashim

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 1:30pm

  8. New Approach to Shabbat Practice (Schwartz)

    Congregation B'nai Israel in Willimantic, Connecticut underwent a long communal Reconstructionist process to decide on congregational rules for Shabbat practice. This newsletter article documents that process, and explains the values weighed and the eventual outcome that was reached. This document can serve as an exemplar for Values Based Decision Making on other topics as well. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/new-approach-rules-shaping-shabbat-practice

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 1:41pm

  9. Bronstein teaching call - Hasidic lens on Parashat Bo

    Today I want to share with you some of what I think are the most astounding, and provocative, and informative Jewish messages that we have available to us as Reconstructionists, as Jews in general today. But they come from a place that you might never think to look: the 18th-century and 19th-century Hasidic commentaries on the Torah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/hasidic-lens-parashat-bo

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 5:11pm

  10. Finding Holiness sermon

    This High Holiday sermon won the 2016 George Goldman-Or Hadash D'var Torah competition.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/finding-holiness-everyday-experience

    Posted on: 2017/01/13 - 12:13pm

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