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Older materials are still available at http://archive.jewishrecon.org/resources/329 (please note that they may be out of date.)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

News and Blogs

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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When the Call Comes, Will Your Congregation Be Ready?

Best practices in responding to congregational inquiries.

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Incubator Session 2: The Lean Startup

Summary of Session 2 of Reconstructionist Incubator Learning Network, Spring 2017

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Incubator Session 1: Moving Bold Ideas Into Action

Summary of Session 1 of Reconstructionist Incubator Learning Network, Spring 2017

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Looking Backward and Looking Forward: Texts for a Jewish Resistance Movement

These materials explore Jewish models of resistance to oppression. 

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