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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, 8/14

Recalling Our Stories (Recon Community Live)

Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Marsha Jacobson, SAJ, New York, NY

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.

Virtual Shabbat Candlelighting (Recon Community Live)

Time: 6:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann and Cantor Lisa Arbisser, SAJ, New York, NY

This beautiful, intergenerational candlelighting has brought us so much joy and comfort. Jump on 6 and we will do the blessings about 6:10PM. We are trying to see if this helps more families of young children join.


Monday, 8/17

A House Is Not a Home, but Can a Sukkah Be a Temple? (Live Beit Midrash)

Time: 3:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Alan LaPayover: Director of the Mordecai M. Kaplan Library, RRC

Using tools from literary criticism, we will look at the time between Tisha B’Av and Sukkot to suggest a way of looking at, understanding, and living in this chunk of Jewish time.


Tuesday, 8/18

Key Themes in Jewish History (Recon Community Live)

Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Dr. David Kaufmann, SAJ, New York, NY

Taught by guest professor, Dr. David Kaufman.


Wednesday, 8/19

Stepping into Talmud (Recon Community Live)

Time: 10:30 am EDT
Presenter: Adam Jones, Or Zarua / Philadelphia

Tzedek, tzedek tirdof. Justice, justice you shall pursue: As our society grapples with the scourges of police brutality and racism, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of justice is as important as ever. Let’s look at what the Talmud has to say about justice, and consider how it might help us to think about the challenges and opportunities we are faced with today. We’ll be working mostly in English, with some references to Hebrew, although Hebrew proficiency isn’t necessary! (90 minutes)


Friday, 8/21

Virtual Shabbat Candlelighting (Recon Community Live)

Time: 6:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Hermann and Cantor Lisa Arbisser, SAJ, New York, NY

This beautiful, intergenerational candlelighting has brought us so much joy and comfort that we will do it each week. We are trying a slightly earlier time to see if this helps more families of young children join. Jump on at 6:00PM and we will do the blessings about 6:10PM.


Saturday, 8/22

ShabbaTOT (Recon Community Live)

Time: 10:00 am EDT
Presenter: Darchei Noam, Toronto, Ontario

Song, dance, and story time led by members of our community. For children ages 18 months - 5 years, their parents, grandparents and siblings!


Monday, 8/24

The Personal Is Political: Using Elul as a Social Justice Opportunity (Live Beit Midrash)

Time: 3:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Rabbi Sonya Starr, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Columbia, MD

Based on the popular saying that “the personal is political,” we will look at the book of Jonah as a source for Jewish practices that connect teshuvah with tikkun olam.


Tuesday, 8/25

Key Themes in Jewish History (Recon Community Live)

Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Dr. David Kaufmann, SAJ, New York, NY

Taught by guest professor, Dr. David Kaufman.


Monday, 9/21

Return to Self through the Writings of Etty Hillesum: A Five-Day Intensive (Ritualwell)

Time: 12:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Hila Ratzabi

The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as the ten days of teshuvah (return/repentance). We will gather for a five-day intensive in which we will engage in spiritual practices inspired by the writings of Etty Hillesum. We will use this time to go inward in preparation for the transformative experience of Yom Kippur.


Sunday, 10/4

Building a Shelter of Peace: A Multifaith Poetry Workshop Series (Ritualwell)

Time: 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Anjana Deshpande, Dilruba Ahmed, Cathleen Cohen and Chelsea Jackson

Peace and empathy are necessary for healing this fractured world. During this season of Sukkot, which evokes the divine “shelter of peace” (sukkat shalom), a diverse group of poets from Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Christian backgrounds will lead a series of workshops to guide us toward connection and peace through poetry.