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  1. Fred Dobb Eco-Judaism session - Global Day 2016

    “Love of the Creator, and love of that which G!d has created, are finally one and the same,” wrote Martin Buber.  Defending this divine creation in an era of climate change is a Jewish (and social, political, and moral) imperative.  A rich Jewish life is by nature an environmental one, though we need to pick up the pace, draw more explicit connections, and make our community a beacon of sustainability.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/video/eco-judaism-there-any-other-kind-how-torah-pushes-sustainability-envelope

    Posted on: 2016/11/21 - 1:20am

  2. Jews and Fellow Travelers

    (Originally published in the Spring 2005 edition of Reconstructionism Today)

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jews-and-fellow-travelers-appreciating-gifts-non-jewish-partners

    Posted on: 2016/04/18 - 4:45pm

  3. A Jewish Approach to Obligatory Giving

    (Reprinted from Congregations Magazine, The Alban Institute, Nov/Dec 2001. This piece was written by Bob Leventhal and Rabbi Shawn Zevit)

    The rabbi squirms in his seat when a leader suggests that he engage in fundraising. Perennially vocal board members grow silent when it is time to follow up with congregants about their financial obligations. The topic of money makes us uncomfortable. But no organized religion has ever been without a need for resources or an expectation of offerings, dues, or taxes to support its institutions. 

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-obligatory-giving

    Posted on: 2001/11/01 - 12:00am

  4. Dialogue Episode 2 Transcript

  5. Role of Obligation in Jewish Education (Discussion)

    Discussion from November - December, 2001


     

    Sarah Rubin - Monday November 26, 2001:

    EdTalk Chevre,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/role-obligation-jewish-education-discussion

    Posted on: 2016/05/06 - 10:49am

  6. Resources for Respectful Dialogue on Israel

    From the Reconstructionist Movement

    Rabbi Toba Spitzer, RRC ’97: “A Guide to Talking about Israel in Your Congregation” 

    PEARL call with Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, RRC ’85, and Cherie Brown, founder and executive director of the National Coalition Building Institute: “Having the Hard Conversations about Israel” http://archive.jewishrecon.org/pearl-sessions-2013

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/resources-respectful-dialogue-israel

    Posted on: 2016/04/19 - 12:24pm

  7. "Straight-Welcoming?!" – Creating an Inclusive Community

    Jewish communities of all stripes are grappling with the challenge of creating more inclusive communities. In particular, there is an unprecedented focus on welcoming LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Jews. At Congregation Bet Haverim (CBH) in Atlanta, our commitment to inclusivity emerged organically. Founded by gay and lesbian Jews, we became straight-welcoming; today, straight members constitute the majority. We had to decide whether our values were queer specific or queer universal.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/straight-welcoming-creating-inclusive-community

    Posted on: 2016/05/13 - 11:25am

  8. 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

  9. Les Bronstein - Welcoming the Stranger

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    When people would ask me to describe our congregation, I used to boast to them about the joyous seriousness of our davening; the dedication and intensity of our lehrhaus-style adult learning; the courage of our social action undertakings; and the pride our people take in being a reasonably successful experiment in creating Jewish sacred peoplehood.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/creating-culture-welcome

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:20pm

  10. Welcoming the Stranger (Brian Field)

    (Originally published in RRA Connections)

    In 1997 the Colorado Jewish Federation undertook a demographic study of the Denver-Boulder Jewish population.  It discovered an affiliation rate of around 30%. In other words, a majority of Jews were, in effect, strangers in our own community.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/including-stranger

    Posted on: 2017/08/17 - 2:39pm

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