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Resources for Congregations

Growing and Sustaining Your Community

This page is home for material of use to Reconstructionist congregations and their leadership.

Additional resources are being added on an ongoing basis. Let us know what you'd like to see!

Older materials are still available at http://archive.jewishrecon.org/resources/329 (please note that they may be out of date.)

Congregational Directory

Reconstructionist Congregations are found throughout North America. See if there's one near you!

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View from behind of seated worshippers

More Congregational Resources

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Entrepreneurial True Grit

Is grit the key to success for social entrepreneurs? Ariana Katz suggests that the answer lies elsewhere. 

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Wine, Not Whine, Your Way to Millennial Engagement

Ross Berkowitz discusses designing Jewish engagement experiences for Millennials.

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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.

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Innovation 101: Have 100 Coffees

Cyd Weissman reports back from the leading edge of Jewish innovation.

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Being the Stranger

It takes work to avoid being strangers to one another.

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Including the Stranger

A recounting of the philosophy and practices of Jewish outreach in Denver/Boulder.

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Creating a Culture of Welcome

Creating a welcoming community takes a conscious commitment.

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Philosophy, Strategic Communications and Innovative Fundraising

In an essay for eJewishphilanthropy, RRC’s Josh Peskin, vice-president for strategic advancement, outlines the values that animate fundraising and drive human connections. 

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Preparing for a Rabbinic Sabbatical From the Perspective of the Congregational Leadership

This document is meant to help Reconstructionist communities look ahead to a rabbinic sabbatical as a time of growth for their rabbi and for their community.

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Surviving in the One-Room Schoolhouse

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

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Making Our Synagogues Vessels of Tikkun Olam

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

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Kol HaNeshamah Hebrew text in Davkawriter format

Hebrew text of the services found in the Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Veḥagim prayer book.

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