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Creative Expression

Reconstructionism views Judaism not just as a religion, but as a civilization. Art, literature, music, theater, dance—each of these expressions of creativity is an important facet of a rich, dynamic Jewish civilization in dialogue with the world around us. 

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Let's Journey Together

In an essay that appeared in Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., makes the case that Reconstructionist Judaism matters now more than ever.

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Art and Biblical Text

In this Community Teaching call from January 2017, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso teaches on artists and biblical text as seen through literature, visual art and music.

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New Camp's Goal: 'Making Intentional Artists and Good Human Beings'

At Camp Havaya Arts, opening this summer in Redlands, California, campers will be nurtured as they explore for themselves what it means to live a Jewish life through the prism of the arts.

News

Human, Why Do You Sleep?

Examination of Rabbi Kelilah Miller’s papercut, “Human, Why Do You Sleep?”

Article

Heart of the Stranger

An examination of Rabbi Me’irah Iliinsky’s artwork, “Heart of the Stranger”

Article

Amidah for Peace, Justice and Immigration

This alternative Amidah was used during mincha prayers by members of the Reconstructionist Rabbinic Association outside of an Immigration Processing Center in order to call attention to the plight of immigrants and underscore the importance of the Jewish obligation to welcome the stranger. 

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psalm 79: pour out your love

Rabbi Brant Rosen’s poem responds to Psalm 79, challenging us to welcome the stranger even, and especially, in uncomfortable ways.

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Joyful, Soulful Prayer: Beshalakh Niggun

Original setting of 2 verses from the Song at the Sea

Music

Shalom Aleychem - Contemporary

A new arrangement of traditional liturgy welcoming the Sabbath.

Music

Multicultural Haroset Recipes

Recipes for Passover haroset from several cultural traditions

Article

Building an Ark: On the Search for an Authentic Jewish Relationship to the Arts

Boettiger wrestles with the possibilities for Jewish art and creative pursuits.

Article

A Zionism Worth Reconstructing

Klein examines how experiencing the contradictions of Israeli life can help young North American Jews feel connected to Israel.

Article

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

A play and activities on the life and values of Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzl

Document

She Said No!

This song, based on the Book of Esther, praises Vashti and Esther for their challenges to the king.

Music

Lecha Dodi (Sheet Music)

Sheet music for a new setting of the traditional Friday night Lecha Dodi prayer.

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