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Live Web Conversation June 25, 2020 1 p.m. EDT. Free. Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Ph.D. will be discussing her essay, “Multifaith Relations: Four Decades of an Evolving Field.” Rabbi Kreimer has just retired from her position at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College as Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies. Event will be recorded.

Live Beit Midrash/Facebook Live June 29, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT. Topic: Jewish Values and the Coronavirus

Live Web Conversation June 30, 2020 12:30 p.m. EDT. Free. Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. will participate in “A Jewish conversation for Pride Month: How far we’ve come, and what happens next?” This event will be produced by the Forward. It will be recorded and available on the Forward’s website and YouTube later in the day. Rabbi Waxman is president of Reconstructing Judaism.

Live Beit Midrash/Facebook Live Aug. 10, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT. Topic: Lillian Wald: An Inspiration for Our Time

Live Beit Midrash/Facebook Live Aug. 24, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT. Topic: Using Elul as a Social Justice Opportunity

Movement-Wide Convention, “B’yachad: Reconstructing Judaism Together,” March 23-27, 2022

High Holidays Mahzor The Reconstructionist Press is offering a 10% discount on the Mahzor Leyamim Nora’im: Prayerbook for the Days of Awe to increase its availability to individuals and families who want to purchase it for their homes in light of the pandemic. This discount is not available in combination with any other discount.

Live Activities for Kids We may be physically distant but that doesn’t mean we can’t be socially connected. Wherever you are in the world, Camp Havaya and Havaya Arts are happy to provide virtual opportunities to gather together, have some fun, and bring the magic of camp into your home. Bookmark it and check back - it’s updated weekly.

Recon Connect is the hub for live online experiences from across the Reconstructionist movement. Here, you can access the community, innovation and intellectual depth that epitomizes Reconstructionist Judaism. Bookmark it and check back daily - it’s updated often with new events in which you can participate.

Virtual Shabbat Box This Shabbat Box doesn’t contain challah or candles, but rather essays, meditations and other ways for you to engage with Shabbat. Bookmark it and check back every Thursday - it’s each week in time for Shabbat.

Podcast - Climate Change, COVID-19 and Racism: A Jewish Response Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb explains how many Jewish ideas promote the kind of long-term thinking that is needed right now, to address climate change, racism, and the coronavirus. Though the dangers we face are real, he offers an empowering and hopeful message about how the actions we take now can positively impact humanity and all life for generations to come.

Podcast - The Power of Ritual Is Harry Potter a sacred text? According to our guest, Casper ter Kuile, it can be – it depends on how you approach it. In his new book, The Power of Ritual, he explores the ways that even “secular” ritual can help us build community, find meaning, and connect our past with our future.

Podcast - Whole-Body Judaism Yoshi Silverstein’s passions — which include Jewish outdoor and environmental education, as well as fitness and movement — each strive toward creative embodied Jewish practice. We explore how these approaches can contribute to a resilient Jewish community, and conclude by applying them to the upcoming holiday of Shavuot: how might they help us experience revelation and gratitude in the midst of an uncertain future?

Podcast - Israel-Palestine: The Possibility of Healing Conversations In many Jewish communities, Israel-Palestine is the third rail that nobody wants to step on. Yet the Jewish community of Madison, Wis., found a way to have a sustained, facilitated dialogue that brought together participants with vastly different viewpoints. In this episode, professional facilitator and mediator Harry Webne-Behrman explains how they did it, what was why dialogue is so central to a healthy democracy. Acknowledging that the model used in Madison can’t be used during a time of pandemic, Webne-Behrman talks about what communities can do now and in the future to spur the kinds of conversations that transform lives.