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Virtual Shabbat Box

Your Virtual Shabbat Box holds many ways to celebrate the day. Choose what nurtures you: listen, watch or read. Looking for Shabbat services? Check out Recon Connect for virtual Shabbat services and other live, online programs throughout the week.


April 9-10, 2021


Read: A Prayer for ‘Yom Hashoah’

With Rabbi David Katz’s prayer, we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 8) and remember all who perished in the Shoah. Sourced from Ritualwell


Watch: Unlock the Gates of Prosperity: Key-Shaped Challah

Adva Chattler shares how and why tradition invites us to make a key-shaped challah for the first Shabbat after Passover. Sourced from Ritualwell

Recon Beit Midrash - Key-shaped Challah


Watch: Shiviti Meditation for ‘Rosh Hodesh’

Rosh Hodesh Iyar falls on April 12-13. Celebrate the new month with Batya Diamond’s meditation. Sourced from Ritualwell


Read: Counting the Omer: A Mindfulness Practice

Each of the seven weeks and each of the 49 days has its own spiritual quality. Rabbi Yael Levy offers intentions and suggestion for practices to help focus your attention each week. Sourced from Ritualwell


Watch: Reflections on Freedom: Mordecai Kaplan and Horace Kallen

What is the relationship between freedom, democracy and religion? This question preoccupied these two major Jewish thinkers in the mid-20th century. Rabbi Matthew Kaufman explores the answers they provide, which are newly thought-provoking in our currently overheated political climate. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash

Beit Midrash Reflections on Freedom


Listen: Confronting Antisemitism and Racism

Confronting demonstrators at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., and hearing the chants of “the Jews will not replace us,” Rabbi Mordechai Liebling came face-to-face with white supremacy and antisemitism. As a child of Holocaust survivors and a veteran activist, Liebling describes his experiences in Charlottesville: what brought him there and what he learned about hate in America. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations





April 2-3, 2021

As Passover concludes this weekend, we invite you to explore our Virtual Passover Box. In addition, we bring you these resources for this Shabbat Pesakh.

Read: For the U.S. Asian Community

Alden Solovy’s poem cries out for justice, this time for people of Asian heritage, among those who are oppressed and victims of hatred. Sourced from Ritualwell


Listen: ‘The Omer Song’

A fun, spirited song to get you in the mood to count the Omer by Juliet I. Spitzer. Sourced from Ritualwell


Watch: Ensuring the Liberation of All People

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, president of Reconstructing Judaism, gives her message for Passover 5781/2021. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org

Ensuring the Liberation of All People


Read: Allegorical Interpretation of the ‘Song of Songs’

Rabbi Leah Richman teaches about why we read the “Song of Songs” during Passover, and the message of love and hope it continues to offer us. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org


Watch: Go Outside and Pray: Jewish Practices for Connecting with Nature

As spring begins, Rabbi Josh Snyder shares a few stories and practices that give us Jewish language for the overpowering feelings of gratitude, amazement, curiosity and possibility felt by generations as we connect with nature. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash

Recon Connect Beit Midrash, “Go Outside and Pray: Jewish Practices for Connecting with Nature” with Rabbi Joshua Snyder


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