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  1. How to Build Just and Holy Congregations

    Although to every individual the achievement of personal salvation is his supreme quest and responsibility, it is unattainable without devotion to the task of social salvation.–Mordecai M. Kaplan, The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Religion

     


    Smashing the Imperialist Napkinholder


    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/how-build-just-and-holy-congregations

    Posted on: 2016/05/12 - 1:34pm

  2. For the Sake of the World: Toba Spitzer on peoplehood and mission

    Originally delivered at Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Rosh Hashanah 5764

    Where do we first hear about Rosh Hashanah? In the Torah, in the book of Leviticus, we read:

    Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelites, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, shall be for you a day a rest, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of the shofar, a holy assembly. (23:23).

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/sermon/sake-world

    Posted on: 2016/11/29 - 1:38pm

  3. Resources Following Presidential Election

    Prayers and resources for discussion following the November 2016 Presidential election in the United States.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/resources-following-election

    Posted on: 2016/11/11 - 12:08pm

  4. From Tzedakah to Restorative Finance: A Curriculum

    This Reconstructionist curriculum on wealth inequality was written for the movement’s Tikkun Olam commission in the winter of 5777 (2016-2017). It is structured as four 90-minute learning sessions, and contains guidance for adapting its content to different formats and audiences. 

    The curriculum can also be downloaded in Word format for ease of editing and reformatting:

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/tzedakah-restorative-finance-curriculum

    Posted on: 2017/01/25 - 6:21pm

  5. Politics from the Pulpit

    This year our synagogue is raising up the value of Tikkun Olam – our responsibility to take action to repair the world. If we take seriously our responsibility to repair the brokenness of the world, we have to look at problems that are too big for us to resolve on our own. For example, no matter how much we recycle or conserve energy as individuals, global warming requires systemic responses including governing bodies and cultural change.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/politics-pulpit-speaking-publicly-about-repairing-world-together

    Posted on: 2017/01/26 - 9:49pm

  6. Light Through The Cracks - DW

    Recently on the radio, I listened to the new president vigorously assert his belief in the effectiveness of torture. This is not news: he had made his views on the topic clear as a candidate. But this radio report was further evidence, piled onto President Trump’s intimidation of the media and his assertions that falsehoods are truths and truths falsehoods, that we are living in a new reality, where the leader of the free world champions the practices of despots and dictators.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/light-through-cracks

    Posted on: 2017/02/01 - 2:51pm

  7. Waiting for the Messiah - JJS

    I was in my mid-twenties, delivering an “Introduction to Judaism” talk to a group of fraternity brothers at Lafayette College, when I first heard the question: Jewish people don’t believe the messiah has come? The young man, who identified himself as a member of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, lingered long after the program ended to try to understand what that meant. He could not imagine how one could live in such a state.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/waiting-messiah

    Posted on: 2014/01/10 - 12:00am

  8. Refugee Statement - Trump Executive Order

  9. Let's Journey Together

  10. Statement on Charlottesville

    The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities condemns in the strongest terms the white supremacist groups that gathered in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend to promote racism, anti-Semitism, and other ideologies of bigotry. Our hearts go out to the family of Heather Heyer, the anti-hate demonstrator who was killed in what has been accurately characterized by the U.S.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/news/charlottesville-response

    Posted on: 2017/08/14 - 2:35pm

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