fbpx Congregational Notes Before The High Holidays | Reconstructing Judaism

Congregational Notes Before The High Holidays

Article

Here are some important announcements from the Reconstructionist movement for Fall 2017:

Save the date! The Reconstructionist Convention is happening in Philadelphia November 15-18, 2018. Join with other Reconstructionists to sing, pray, learn, eat and be together. More details coming soon!

——————

We are partnering with IsraelExperts to offer an Israel trip open to all members of Reconstructionist communities in March 2018. If you are interested in the trip, please contact Rabbi Maurice Harris in our Department of Affiliate Support.

—————-

The Reconstructionist movement is forming a Joint Israel Commission, and we are seeking commission members. We are asking members of congregations and havurot to nominate individuals who have strong interpersonal skills, especially involving respectful dialogue and debate, as well as a willingness to listen and to model civility. Candidates should also be committed to the success and health of the Reconstructionist movement. For more information or to nominate someone, please contact Rabbi Maurice Harris in our Department of Affiliate Support.

—————-

Registration is now open for our two Reconstructionist summer camps!
 
Camp Havaya (Pennsylvania) is an incredibly diverse and welcoming community where we encourage our kids to discover what being Jewish means to them—no matter who they are or where they come from. It’s why so many campers call us home!
 
Havaya Arts (California) is where top-notch arts and summer camp meet. Together, we create a place where vibrant Jewish communal life enhances our art, which in turn enhances Jewish life and identity. It’s where campers become the best versions of themselves.
 
Registration and more information are available at CampHavaya.org and HavayaArts.org.

——————
 
Explore the crucial questions of Jewish life that just can’t be Googled, and that matter most to you. Join a Reconstructionist Learning Network to journey, imagine and create. Networks are free for members of Reconstructionist congregations and havurot. Learn more and register here.

——————

If you’ve ever considered becoming a rabbi, or know someone who has, check out RRC’s upcoming Institute for Prospective Students. Learn more: www.rrc.edu/openhouse.

——————

Save the Date! The Global Day of Jewish Learning is Nov. 12, 2017. The live event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kol Emet in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and will feature a brunch, workshops, and a keynote presentation by Lori Lefkowitz, Ph.D. If you are unable to attend in person, the Lori’s presentation will be livestreamed. This year’s theme will focus on “Beauty and Ugliness.” Look for more information coming soon.

Related Resources

Key Tips For Talking With News Professionals: A Resource for Community Leaders

Positive media coverage can amplify your voice, inform the public about key issues and build further credibility for your community. At the same time, a negative story can negatively impact your community’s reputation. Here are key tips for speaking with journalists.

Article

A Little Text Study for Board Meetings, Vol. 3

Monthly, single-page Jewish text handouts intended for short, 10-minute Reconstructionist Torah study at the beginning of board meetings.

Document
News and Blogs

Reconstructionist Affiliates, Rabbis Push for More Just Immigration System

Rooted in the Jewish textual tradition and lived experience, Reconstructionist communities are aiding immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through direct service, education and advocacy.

News

How Your Community Can Help Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Looking for ways your community can get involved in immigration issues, directly assist a family, or advocate for systematic change? This resource offer a number of concrete steps your community can take.

Article

Resources on Synagogue Safety, Security, and Equity/Jewish Values

Digital resources on synagogue security and related issues, as shared with Reconstructionist communities in late April of 2019. 

Article
News and Blogs

What Does a Thriving Synagogue Look Like?

Synagogues are a means, not an end in themselves. But thriving synagogues contribute to Judaism’s goal: to create healthy individuals, thriving communities, flourishing Jewish life, interconnected human life and a sustainable planet.

News
News and Blogs

The Aviv Revolving Loan Fund Helps Synagogues and Havurot Spring Into Growth

The Aviv Revolving Loan Fund is one way that Reconstructing Judaism is marshaling its resources to strengthen affiliated communities and foster innovation.

News
News and Blogs

Reconstructionist Movement Updates

Though we count time Jewishly, by any consideration the secular year 2018 is an exciting year for the Reconstructionist movement.

News

A Little Text Study for Board Meetings

Monthly, single-page Jewish text handouts intended for short, 10-minute Reconstructionist Torah study at the beginning of board meetings.

Document

Surviving in the One-Room Schoolhouse

In this classic article, Rabbi Julie Greenberg explores successful mixed-age classrooms in Jewish schools. 

Article

Making Our Synagogues Vessels of Tikkun Olam

This article is adapted from a talk at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Tikkun Olam Kallah, March 2003.

Document
News and Blogs

When the Call Comes, Will Your Congregation Be Ready?

Best practices in responding to congregational inquiries.

News

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education Series

This three-part family education series addresses issues related to bar/bat mitzvah. It is designed for a large group of parents and students and uses active learning exercises. It covers issues around Jewish identity, the meaning of bar/bat mitzvah, and common concerns that parents and students have about the process.

Document
News and Blogs

No Success Without Learning To Fail

“Fail Forward” is the mantra of entrepreneurs. Take risks. You will fail, guaranteed. Learn from it. Once a little smarter, boldly launch again. Entrepreneurs believe, as Robert Kennedy did, “to achieve greatness, you have to fail greatly.”

News

Building the Jewish Future

Rabbi Sid Schwarz describes a lifetime of building new Jewish organizations that meet the Jewish community’s ever-changing needs. 

Article