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  1. Reconstructionist Educators' FAQs

  2. Introduction to Reconstructionist Educators' FAQs

    Click here to read the FAQs themselves.

    What is going on in a child’s mind when they ask a question? Rabbi Harold Kushner tells the amusing story of the parent who wanted to provide sophisticated theological answers to his five-year-old son who had asked about God. The father explained how God wasn’t really a person, but was instead a spirit, a miraculous presence. A few minutes later the five-year-old came back to his father and said, “I got it. God is like Casper the Friendly Ghost.”

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/introduction-reconstructionist-educators-faqs

    Posted on: 2016/03/24 - 6:12pm

  3. Classroom Management and Lesson Planning

    This manual provides practical suggestions and tools for lesson planning and classroom management. It includes excellent resources for bringing a “multiple intelligences ” awareness into classrooms. Developed for use in the Sh'lom Kitah Program of the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington in 2002-03. Contents include:

    • I  Introductions

    • II  Meyerson’s List of False Assumptions*

      • Transitional difficulties

      • Content

      • Relationships

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/classroom-management-and-lesson-planning

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 2:33pm

  4. Herzl Play, Monologue and Activities (Grades 4-7)

    Theodor Herzl: A Zionist Pioneer: A Monologue, Scene, and Activities designed by Gabrielle S. Kaplan

    Commissioned by the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation of Metropolitan New York’s Israel Education Project

    The play and activities have been designed for use with students in fourth through seventh grades.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/herzl-play-monologue-and-activities-grades-4-7

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:28pm

  5. A Jewish Approach to Discipline

    We've all been students in classrooms where a teacher makes remarks like the following:.

    “Somebody must have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed this morning” or “I'm not surprised you forgot your homework. You'd probably forget your head if it wasn't attached to your shoulders” or “You have the lowest score in the class!” We cringe because we can imagine the hurt and embarrassment the remarks have caused. We may even be pained that in the past we said something similar to our students.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/jewish-approach-discipline

    Posted on: 2016/04/25 - 4:45pm

  6. Mishnah Impossible

    This is a hands-on, team activity for the week before Sukkot that allows students to build sukkot according to instructions given in the Mishnah.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/document/mishnah-impossible

    Posted on: 2016/05/05 - 5:28pm

  7. A Discussion About Teaching Hanukkah: Miracle or Not?

    Discussion from November 2004


    Toni Bloomberg Grossman, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD

    Hi everyone,

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/discussion-about-teaching-hanukkah-miracle-or-not

    Posted on: 2017/02/10 - 2:31pm

  8. High Holiday Torah Services - Educators' Discussion


    Discussion from March 2003


    Vicki Phillips, B'nai Havurah, Denver, CO

    Greetings Edtalkers,

    This is Vicki from B'nai Havurah in Denver, Colorado. I am on the Children's High Holiday Programming committee. I have been involved with this committee on and off for about the last 8 years. I am currently asking for your input on what your synagogue does/offers for youth, grades kindergarten through 6th or 7th grade (B'nai Mitzvah) during the Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur Services.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/high-holiday-torah-services-educators-discussion

    Posted on: 2017/03/29 - 5:51pm

  9. Fuller Aleynu For Siddur Kol Ha'Noar

    Siddur Kol Hano'ar uses a truncated version of the Aleynu prayer. This fuller version uses Reconstructionist wording and can be pasted into Siddur Kol Hano'ar. It is available with and without transliteration.

    Print the pdfs onto labels and cut them to size. Peel off the backs and paste the labels onto pages 34 and 82.

    https://archive.reconstructingjudaism.org/article/fuller-aleynu-siddur-kol-hanoar

    Posted on: 2017/04/25 - 3:06pm

  10. 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

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