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Older materials are still available at http://archive.jewishrecon.org/resources/329 (please note that they may be out of date.)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

View from behind of seated worshippers
View from behind of seated worshippers

More Congregational Resources

News and Blogs

When the Call Comes, Will Your Congregation Be Ready?

Best practices in responding to congregational inquiries.

News

Incubator Session 2: The Lean Startup

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

Article

Incubator Session 1: Moving Bold Ideas Into Action

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

Article

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

These materials explore Jewish models of resistance to oppression. 

Document
News and Blogs

Politics From The Pulpit: Speaking Publicly About Repairing The World Together

Reconstructionist Judaism takes seriously our obligation to act together to address injustice and suffering. To do so, Rabbi Elliot Tepperman argues, our congregations need to be places where we can safely engage in political and ethical agitation and disagreement, while avoiding mere irritation.

News

A New Approach to the Rules Shaping Shabbat Practice

Congregation B’nai Israel in Willimantic, Connecticut underwent a long communal Reconstructionist process to decide on congregational rules for Shabbat practice. This is the result.

Document

A  Passover Blessing for People of Many Backgrounds Who Journey with Us

This is a short Passover reading that expresses appreciation for people of backgrounds and identities other than Judaism. It would work well in a community seder, as well as home seders. 

Article

The Midwives of Exodus: An Interfaith Text Study

An easily-accessible text study about the ethnic ambiguity that the Torah presents us with regarding the midwives who refused to obey Pharaoh's orders. 

Document

"Peoplehood" Reconsidered

Reconstructionism has long held the notion of Jewish Peoplehood as a central organizing principle. But does it mean the same thing that it used to? How can “Peoplehood” itself be reconstructed to remain relevant today? 

Article

Making Decisions on Controversial Issues

How can congregations best handle controversial issues and explore the values underlying disagreements about issues? 

Article

Guide to Free Media Publicity

The goal of this document is to provide synagogues with guidance regarding how to obtain publicity that will enhance their outreach efforts.

Article

Eco-Judaism (Is There Any Other Kind?!):  How Torah Pushes the Sustainability Envelope

“Love of the Creator, and love of that which G!d has created, are finally one and the same,” wrote Martin Buber.  Defending this divine creation in an era of climate change is a Jewish (and social, political, and moral) imperative.

Video

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education Series

This three-part family education series addresses issues related to bar/bat mitzvah. It is designed for a large group of parents and students and uses active learning exercises. It covers issues around Jewish identity, the meaning of bar/bat mitzvah, and common concerns that parents and students have about the process.

Document

What Makes a Reconstructionist Congregation Different?

In this talk, Rabbi Jacob Staub describes what makes Reconstructionist communities unique. Recorded in November 2014 at Congregation Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, California. A full transcript is included. 

Spoken Audio
News and Blogs

How Might We Learn Sustainability from "Hot Dudes Reading?"

Cyd Weissman interviews the founder of Hot Dudes Reading to glean lessons on marketing, sustainability, and collaboration.

News