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Recon Connect: Live connections with Reconstructionists around the world

Recon Connect is the hub for online and live experiences from across the Reconstructionist movement. Here, you can access the community, innovation and intellectual depth that epitomizes Reconstructionist Judaism.

Want to submit an event for consideration? Please use this form. We ask that presenters observe FBI “Zoom-Bombing” Guidelines.

Note: All times are U.S. Eastern Time. Listings are provided by sponsoring organizations - please contact them in case of questions about their programs.


Friday, 5/29

Wake Up with SAJ! (Recon Community Live)

Time: 8:00 am EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Lauren Grabelle-Herrmann / Rabbi, SAJ
Presenter email: melanie@saj.nyc

15 minutes of reflection and meditation to start your day every weekday. (15 minutes)

Memory Time (Recon Community Live)

Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Marsha Jacobson / Congregant, SAJ
Presenter email: melanie@saj.nyc

You will have a prompt—a phrase, photo, random word—and will write for just a few minutes on whatever memory comes to mind. Don’t want to write? Then do a picture or some rhymes. Anyone who wants to will then share with the group. (60 minutes)

Bringing Ruth Alive (Recon Community Live)

Time: 6:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Rachel Hersh,Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda MD AND Or Haneshamah, Ottowa, Canada

A full chanting of the original Hebrew text of the Scroll of Ruth featuring Rabbi Liz Bolton as Naomi and Rabbi Hazzan Rachel Hersh as Ruth, along with wonderful voices from the Adat Shalom community chanting the parts of Boaz, the narrator and smaller roles. Followed by Shabbat and festival maariv prayers and songs. (60 minutes)

Friday Night Services (Recon Community Live)

Time: 6:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Michelle Greenfield & Rabbi Mónica Gomery, Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia

6:00pm - Shabbat Storytime with Rabbi Michelle Join Rabbi Michelle for stories, songs, and a check-in about your week! This will lead into the community candle lighting at 6:30. This will be geared towards kids and their parents, but all are welcome.


6:30pm - Candle Lighting & Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Mónica Join us to light candles communally, and then join Rabbi Mó and a small singing team to sing through the traditional Friday night liturgy and music, along with poetry, silence, and grounding practices. You are invited to set up with your candles and matches, your prayerbook, your housemates or neighbors or family members, or just find a comfortable spot on your own to sit, listen, exhale, and draw on the beauty of our tradition, and the depth of Shabbat, in this time.


(120 minutes)


 

Kabbalat Shabbat (Havaya@Home)

Time: 7:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Isaac Saposnik
Presenter email: Isaac@CampHavaya.org

Join Rabbi Isaac for some singing (and, of course, a story!) as we welcome Shabbat together.
 


Saturday, 5/30

Shabbat Service for Shavuot - endings and beginnings (Recon Community Live)

Time: 10:00 am EDT
Presenter: Michael Zimmerman, Rabbi, Kehillat Israel, Lansing MI
Presenter email: kirabbiz@gmail.com

Special alternative service for Shavuot: final service for retiring rabbi and first for incoming rabbi; return of the Torah to our sanctuary with virtual aliyah for new converts. (120 minutes)

Online Camp Shabbat Shalom (Recon Community Live)

Time: 11:30 am EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Michelle Greenfield, Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia

Join your regular Camp Shabbat Shalom leaders for a service and some learning about the Torah portion, Shabbat, and holidays! Designed for kids ages 5 and up, but kids of all ages are welcome! (60 minutes)


Sunday, 5/31

Live Concert: Mazaj Ensemble (Recon Community Live)

Time: 11:00 am EDT
Presenter: Encounter

Please join Encounter for a unique experience of LIVE music and storytelling in a special concert with Mazaj Ensemble, a popular Palestinian musical group established by Jerusalemite youth in 2014. Encounter is a nonpartisan educational organization cultivating more informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (90 minutes)

Progressive Israel (Reconstructionist Learning Series)

Time: 4:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Idan Sharon, Adat Shalom (Bethesda, MD, USA)

Hear an Israeli Emissary’s discovery of progressive Judaism in Israel and learn about progressive Judaism and progressive Zionist organization in Israel. Register at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/reconstructingjudaism/366135  (60 minutes)


Monday, 6/1

Monday Minyanim (Recon Community Live)

Time: 7:30 am EDT
Presenter: Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia

Join KT for Monday Morning Minyan from 7:30-8:15am. Services are lay-led, engaging the traditional morning liturgy, with room for innovation and contemplative practices. Each week we also dive into the parsha with a brief dvar and communal discussion. (45 minutes)

Wake Up with SAJ! (Recon Community Live)

Time: 8:00 am EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Lauren Grabelle-Herrmann / Rabbi, SAJ
Presenter email: melanie@saj.nyc

15 minutes of reflection and meditation to start your day every weekday. (15 minutes)

Three Voices of Revelation: Sinai, Ezekiel’s Vision, and  the Book of Ruth (Live Beit Midrash)

Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Dr. Elsie Stern; V.P., Academic Affairs, RRC

Each of the texts traditionally read on Shavuot imagines a radically different engagement with God. Even as we move beyond the intensity of Shavuot,  these texts invite us to explore when and how we encounter the holy.


Thursday, 6/4

Thursday Morning Minyan (Recon Community Live)

Time: 7:30 am EDT
Presenter: Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter email: minyan@kol-tzedek.org

The Kol Tzedek weekday morning minyan meets online Thursdays from 7:30-8:15. Services are lay-led, engaging the traditional morning liturgy, with room for innovation and contemplative practices. Each week we also dive into the parsha with a brief dvar and communal discussion. (45 minutes)

Philosophy of Prayer (Recon Community Live)

Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Sarah Brammar-Shlay, SAJ
Presenter email: melanie@saj.nyc

Sarah will teach her biweekly Shabbat class now on a weekly basis. Even if you have not participated yet, you are welcome to join the learning! (60 minutes)

Philosophy of Prayer (Recon Community Live)

Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Sarah Brammer-Schlay, SAJ

Biweekly Shabbat class now on a weekly basis. Even if you have not participated yet, you are welcome to join the learning! This class will repeat Sunday at 9:30PM at a time that is more accessible for parent participants. (60 minutes)


Friday, 6/5

Virtual Shabbat Services (Recon Community Live)

Time: 10:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Arnie Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier, University Synagogue / Irvine, CA

Friday evening Shabbat service (45 minutes)


Monday, 6/8

Monday Minyanim (Recon Community Live)

Time: 7:30 am EDT
Presenter: Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia

Join KT for Monday Morning Minyan from 7:30-8:15am. Services are lay-led, engaging the traditional morning liturgy, with room for innovation and contemplative practices. Each week we also dive into the parsha with a brief dvar and communal discussion. (45 minutes)

Trust/Bitakhon: Coping with Uncertainty (Live Beit Midrash)

Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Jacob Staub; RRC, Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Spirituality

If you don’t believe in a God who controls our destinies, how does one cultivate “trust” in our futures? We will explore how Musar teachers explain “trust,” with a little help from Maimonides. 


Thursday, 6/11

Thursday Morning Minyan (Recon Community Live)

Time: 7:30 am EDT
Presenter: Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter email: minyan@kol-tzedek.org

The Kol Tzedek weekday morning minyan meets online Thursdays from 7:30-8:15. Services are lay-led, engaging the traditional morning liturgy, with room for innovation and contemplative practices. Each week we also dive into the parsha with a brief dvar and communal discussion. (45 minutes)


Friday, 6/12

Shabbat in the Groove musical service with Rabbi Micah (Recon Community Live)

Time: 6:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Micah Becker-Klein, Rabbi, Congregation Beth El,Bennington, VT and Community Havurah of Delaware
Presenter email: rabbimicah@gmail.com

“Shabbat in the Groove” Musical Friday Night with Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein. Using original and classical melodies with Bluegrass and Americana stylings. Join us for an uplifting and renewing spiritual time as we welcome Shabbat at the end of this week. We will be using pages from the Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayerbook if you have access to one online or at home and want to follow along. (60 minutes)

Shabbat service - PRIDE Shabbat (Recon Community Live)

Time: 7:15 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, Mayim Rabim / Minneapolis, MN

Erev Shabbat service for Pride Shabbat (60 minutes)

Virtual Shabbat Services (Recon Community Live)

Time: 10:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Arnie Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier, University Synagogue / Irvine, CA

Friday evening Shabbat service (45 minutes)


Sunday, 6/14

Book Group - The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan (Recon Community Live)

Time: 11:30 am EDT
Presenter: Robin King Cooper, Mayim Rabim / Minneapolis, MN, USA

Discussion of the critically acclaimed book, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. Members of Reconstructionist communities who have read the book are welcome to join in this discussion led by Robin King Cooper. (90 minutes)


Monday, 6/15

Monday Minyanim (Recon Community Live)

Time: 7:30 am EDT
Presenter: Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia

Join KT for Monday Morning Minyan from 7:30-8:15am. Services are lay-led, engaging the traditional morning liturgy, with room for innovation and contemplative practices. Each week we also dive into the parsha with a brief dvar and communal discussion. (45 minutes)


Wednesday, 6/17

"The Power of Ritual" book talk with Casper ter Kulie (Ritualwell)

Time: 8:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Casper ter Kulie

Join Casper ter Kuile in an interactive talk about his new book, The Power of Ritual. Casper is the co-host of award-winning podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and a ministry innovation fellow at Harvard Divinity School where he co-authored the paper How We Gather, mapping millennial meaning-making communities.


Thursday, 6/18

Thursday Morning Minyan (Recon Community Live)

Time: 7:30 am EDT
Presenter: Kol Tzedek, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter email: minyan@kol-tzedek.org

The Kol Tzedek weekday morning minyan meets online Thursdays from 7:30-8:15. Services are lay-led, engaging the traditional morning liturgy, with room for innovation and contemplative practices. Each week we also dive into the parsha with a brief dvar and communal discussion. (45 minutes)


Friday, 6/19

Virtual Shabbat Services (Recon Community Live)

Time: 10:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Arnie Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier, University Synagogue / Irvine, CA

Friday evening Shabbat service (45 minutes)