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Upcoming Events

Rise Up: Bat Mitzvah at 100 National Commemoration Thurs, March 17 @ 7 p.m. EDT
100 years ago, SAJ held the first Bat Mitzvah in America. Join us as we commemorate this historic event. 

Pittsburgh Celebrates 100 Years of Women & Girls on the Bima Sun, March 20 @ 12 p.m. EDT
Join us for the Bat Mitzvah Centennial Celebration hosted by Congregation Dor Hadash, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Movement-Wide Convention B’yachad: Reconstructing Judaism Together, March 23 – 27, 2022
Learn | Pray | Sing | Dance | Connect | Engage

Counting the Omer as an Expressive Practice Mon, March 28 @ 7 p.m. EDT
Join us for a one-hour teaching by D’vorah Horn on counting the Omer as a creative practice. This event is free and open to all. 

Evolve Conversation: “Reunderstanding Jewish Historical Trauma: Moving from the River to the Watershed” Mon, April 4 @ 1 p.m. EDT
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg will discuss her Evolve essay, “Reunderstanding Jewish Historical Trauma: Moving from the River to the Watershed.”

Citizen of the World: Amplifying Your Voice Through Poetry Mondays, April 4, 11, 25 @ 7–8:30 p.m. EDT 
Join Cathleen Cohen for this three-session Immersion on poetic exploration as a path to gemilut hasadim (acts of lovingkindness.) Open to new and experienced poets.

Sacred Vessel: A Creative Cleansing for Passover Thurs, April 7 @ 12 p.m. EST
Join Elana Bell for this workshop where we will use embodied creative practices including breath, sound, and movement to clear out and prepare our vessel for whatever creativity is ready to flow through us. This event is free and open to all



Podcasts

Hashivenu Podcast - Jewish Teachings on Resilience 
S4 Ep. 6: Being an Ally with Empathy, Humility and Courage - Dec. 28, 2021
In this episode, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. and Rabbi Sandra Lawson discuss what does it mean to be an ally, both to individuals and to groups, particularly when it comes to people of color and other marginalized groups?


Evolve Podcast - Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations
Episode 28: Ben & Jerry’s, Amnesty International, and the Debate Over Boycotting Israel - Feb. 15, 2022
In this episode, hear from Rabbi Maurice Harris, Reconstructing Judaism’s lead staff member on Israel affairs, on the controversy related to Ben & Jerry’s announcement last year that it would cease selling its products in the Occupied Territories. 


Resources

Reperations Curriculum - Thriving Communities will be piloting two self-guided adult education curricula on the topic of reparations in mid-January. The first will be an asynchronous, peer-facilitated version of sessions from our day of learning on reparations in August. The second, titled, “The Stolen Beam Series,” was developed by lay leaders of the Racial Justice Initiative at the Jewish Community of Amherst. Both are excellent opportunities for congregations to do a Jewishly-rooted deep dive into one of the most potentially transformative and complicated pathways for racial justice in our times. Please fill out this brief interest form if you think your congregation might be interested in running one of these pilot classes. 

Rabbi Connect - Connect one-on-one with a rabbi online. Spiritual support on your own terms. Receive support and guidance on your Jewish journey. Find spiritual meaning in difficult circumstances.

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.

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