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  1. Jewish Values and People With Disabilities: Appreciating the Variety of Life

    This compilation of quotes from various text sources conveys Jewish values regarding people with special needs.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/jewish-values-and-people-disabilities-appreciating-variety-life

    Posted on: 2017/04/13 - 1:28pm

  2. 1994 Report on Inclusion

    This report, issued in 1994, was the work product of JRF's Task Force on Inclusion for People with Disabilities. What follows is the statement upon its release. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/1994-report-jrf-task-force-inclusion-people-disabilities

    Posted on: 1994/07/01 - 12:00am

  3. Kol HaNeshamah Hebrew in Davkawriter format

    This .zip file contains four documents with the Hebrew text of the services found in the Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Vehagim prayer book.

    Note: you must have the Davkawriter Hebrew word processor installed on your computer to view these documents. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/kol-haneshamah-hebrew-text-davkawriter-format

    Posted on: 2017/04/25 - 3:12pm

  4. Hashkiveinu, Prayer and Connection

    This lesson helps children and adults delve into the meaning and feeling of the Hashkiveinu prayer. It uses a story and other texts from Siddur Kol Hano'ar to make students more comfortable with the siddur.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/hashkiveinu-prayer-and-connection-lesson-use-siddur-kol-hanoar

    Posted on: 2017/04/25 - 3:17pm

  5. Making Our Synagogues Vessels of Tikkun Olam

    Rabbi Mordechai Liebling is the former Torah of Money director at the Shefa Fund (now Bend the Arc). This article is adapted from a talk at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Tikkun Olam Kallah March, 2003. It was originally printed in the Fall 2003 issue of The Reconstructionist.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/making-our-synagogues-vessels-tikkun-olam

    Posted on: 2017/04/25 - 4:18pm

  6. Recon Radio (Heart Mind and Spirit) on Shavuot

    This archival episode of Heart, Mind, and Spirit discusses the holiday of Shavuot. The discussion with Rabbis Linda Potemkin and Shai Gluskin was hosted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

    Note: We apologize that this program is currently inaccessible to those with hearing impairment. We hope to provide transcripts at a future date of audio materials from our back catalog.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/shavuot-audio-program

    Posted on: 2017/05/24 - 12:29pm

  7. Ruth and Lovingkindess Teaching Session Gedzelman

    As we look forward to reading the Book of Ruth on the holiday of Shavuot, Rabbi David Gedzelman explores the text with an eye towards literary elements which speak of how the Hebrew Bible pushes forward structures of covenantal openness, societal protection and compassion towards the other built on and transcending the requirements of the Law. 

    The handout for the study session is available here:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/spoken-audio/book-ruth-torah-lovingkindness-face-death

    Posted on: 2017/05/26 - 2:05pm

  8. "Faithful" report on innovation in faith communities

    This groundbreaking report examines the transformation of the American religious landscape and the challenges facing existing religious institutions. As “the research and development arm of the Jewish community,” the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities are cited as a case study of organizational adaptation to face new challenges. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/faithful-report-innovation-faith-communities

    Posted on: 2017/06/19 - 1:00pm

  9. Embracing the Stranger - Interpersonal

    At times, we have the opportunity and challenge of embracing strangers when we meet them face-to-face. These encounters can be deeply unsettling at first. But as barriers of difference fall, they can be deeply meaningful, even transformational. 

    Click here to return to the main “Embracing the Stranger” page)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/stranger-before-us

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:05pm

  10. Embracing the Stranger - Justice and Wider World

    Embracing the stranger is not just an individual journey—it’s a communal calling. We are commanded as Jews to “Love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19) In the face of fear, hostility, or simple disregard toward those who are different, our challenge is to lift up our common humanity, and our inherent dignity and worth as beings b’tzelem Elohim, reflecting the divine image.

    Click here to return to the main “Embracing the Stranger” page)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/collection/wider-world

    Posted on: 2017/08/18 - 12:46pm

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