More Congregational Resources
The "Next Normal" and Our Movement
The last sixteen months of the pandemic have highlighted the necessity of community as something both poignant and urgent. With many of us physically removed from our “normal” sites of gathering (i.e., workplaces, schools, cultural venues, “third spaces,” places of worship), we’ve learned to cultivate relationships online, to use digital tools to create new places of meeting and connection, and to experiment with alternative and even more accessible forms of engagement. Despite the very real challenges of long-term isolation and Zoom fatigue, we’ve found new ways to experience community, to address pragmatic needs, and to fill our souls.
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.
Provide for Yourself a Rabbi
If we are serious about building Jewish community, what could be more important than educating, nurturing and supporting Jewish leaders — rabbis — who will partner with us, teach us, learn with us, and both ground us in our tradition and inspire us to reach for new meaning?
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.
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.
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.
Rabbi Elliott Tepperman: Bringing a Community-Organizing Model to the Pulpit
Rabbi Elliott Tepperman’s vision of a synagogue: a community that sustains itself through prayer and Torah, while also “trying to be a powerful force for making change in the world.”
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.
Champagne and Aspirin For Strengthening Jewish Community
Reflections on lessons learned in a network of network weavers
Rabbis as Entrepreneurs? It's Not About the Money
We train rabbis to be social entrepreneurs: applying a business-like discipline to creating solutions to social justice, cultural and environmental issues.
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.
Reconstructionist Movement Updates
Though we count time Jewishly, by any consideration the secular year 2018 is an exciting year for the Reconstructionist movement.
Entrepreneurial True Grit
Is grit the key to success for social entrepreneurs? Ariana Katz suggests that the answer lies elsewhere.
Wine, Not Whine, Your Way to Millennial Engagement
Ross Berkowitz discusses designing Jewish engagement experiences for Millennials.
Innovation 101: Have 100 Coffees
Cyd Weissman reports back from the leading edge of Jewish innovation.