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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Peoplehood Reconsidered

    “PeoplehoodReconsidered 

    [Originally delivered at the 41st JRF Convention, Plenary Session, November 9, 2006]

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/peoplehood-reconsidered

    Posted on: 2016/11/22 - 9:06am

  4. Seder Blessing for Diverse Backgrounds

    The following blessing was originally written by Rabbi Maurice Harris for Interfaithfamily.com

    In the Book of Exodus, we read that when the Hebrew slaves were finally able to break free from Pharaoh’s grasp, a mixed multitude of people fled Egypt with them. From our first moments as a nation, we discovered among us a mixed multitude of slaves and refugees, people of different languages and beliefs, journeying with us into the unknown wilderness.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/passover-blessing-people-many-backgrounds-who-journey-us

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 2:06pm

  5. Who Can Remember? Hanukkah Story

    (NOTE: Sandy Brusin explains her motivation for writing this most beautiful story in the following way: “I wrote the story because I don’t like any of the children’s stories about Hanukah I’ve seen. They fall into one of two categories: schmaltz or baloney. The schmaltz stories usually have Iatkes sizzling in a pan—with mommy, of course, doing all the sizzling; and the baloney stories make a big deal out of the oil burning for eight days. I wanted to present the wonder of the story.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/who-can-remember-hanukkah-story

    Posted on: 2016/11/30 - 12:46pm

  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. Tikkun Olam, Unpacked

    I. Tikkun Olam – An Introduction

    It’s become a commonplace in this generation of Jewish life that one of the core parts of the Jewish mission is “tikkun olam – repairing the world.”  But what does that really mean? Is it just a Jewish word for “what I believe will make the world better as a (choose one: Democrat, Libertarian, Republican, Socialist, Other)?” Or does our Jewish heritage have something to add to our understanding of “making the world better?” 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/tikkun-olam-unpacked

    Posted on: 2016/12/01 - 2:55pm

  8. 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

  9. Who Is A Reconstructionist Jew?

    (Interested in more on Reconstructionist Judaism? Visit Reconstructionism.)

    A Reconstructionist Jew has strong commitments both to tradition and to the search for contemporary meaning. Reconstructionists encourage all Jews to enhance their own lives by reclaiming our shared heritage and becoming active participants in the building of the Jewish future.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/who-reconstructionist-jew

    Posted on: 2016/12/02 - 9:17am

  10. Plenum FAQ

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