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Virtual Shabbat Box Archives: June 2023

June 30-July 1

A psychologist/scholar shares her research into Jewish families, as well as her personal experiences as a parent of biracial children.

A Black woman psychologist who is the main speaker

On the eve of American Independence Day, Rabbi Ayelet Cohen’s poem calls on all Americans and people everywhere to strive to be their best selves.

Aerial view of a farm field

Rabbi Jen Gubitz offers a healing prayer for the United States of America.

American Flag blowing in the wind

From our podcast archives, we have the story of Rabbi Jon Cutler, who served his country for decades as a U.S. Naval chaplain while having to keep his sextual orientation hidden.

A Naval vessel on the water at sunrise

June 23-24

As we reach the first anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, dive deep into this three-part series.

Close-up of a pregnant woman in a magenta dress.

Learn how a climatechange chaplain is helping Jews and other seekers manage very real anxiety stemming from global warming and extreme weather.

Manhattan skyline obscured by smoke.

A computer scientist explains exactly what ChatGPT is and isn’t — and how it is unlike a mythical creature from Jewish folklore.

Clay golems with Hebrew writing engraved into them

Rabbinical student Koach Baruch Frazier offers an inspirational chant that blends a traditional morning blessing with a folk staple.

Aerial of a landscape with a river cutting through a forest with green trees

June 16-17

This meditation on the meaning of freedom by an incoming rabbinical student asks each of us to “remove the shackles of one another.”

Illustration about Juneteenth proclamation

Buffie Longmire Avital: Professor, researcher, Jew of Color and mother shares her research on how Jewish parents talk to their kids about race, and how everyone might better tell a multi-racial Jewish story.

Close-up of a Black person reading a book

Nearly 200 Reconstructionists traveled to the South to confront America’s legacy of racism: This is the d’var Torah that inspired them.

People on the Edmund Pettus Bridge

In this podcast, Shahanna McKinney-Baldon an educator, activist and artist talks about her time singing for the ska and reggae band Highball Holiday and rediscovering her singing voice in middle age.

Close-up on flowers and grass in a field, with a yellowish light.

June 9-10

There’s much food for thought in this vital web conversation about how non-Orthodox Jews relate to Israel, featuring Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., president and CEO of Reconstructing Judaism.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., in conversation with Chanan Weissman.

Rabbi Shefa Gold writes that “to stand in God’s presence means to stand outside the whirlwinds of change, anchored in the stillness of center.”

Two hands creating a heart shape, silhouetted against a yellow sky with a bright sun

This prayer was created to encourage and empower synagogues and organizations to incorporate LGBTIQ Pride into all gatherings.

People celebrating Pride with rainbow flags and brightly colored outfits

This original ritual enables an individual to mark a gender (or any major life) transition surrounded by friends, family and community.

A hand holding a shallow glass cup of water.

June 2-3

In March, some 200 Reconstructionists traveled to the South to “deconstruct racism to reconstruct Judaism.” This new web page captures the experience in pictures, reflections and more. Sourced from ReconstructingJudaism.org 

Visitor at a memorial for victims of lynching

Activist Sallie Gratch was honored with the Keter Shem Tov award at RRC’s 51st graduation ceremony. Hear her inspiring story.

Activist Sallie Gratch

RRCs graduating class of 2023/5783 marked a profound moment of transition by creating a beautiful ritual that incorporates the Birkat Kohanim, the priestly blessing.

Still from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College graduation ceremony

This mediation asks us to imagine ourselves walking in the desert under a night sky, looking up at a canopy of stars.

Cloudy night sky

The Reconstructionist Network

Serving as central organization of the Reconstructionist movement

Training the next generation of groundbreaking rabbis

Modeling respectful conversations on pressing Jewish issues

Curating original, Jewish rituals, and convening Jewish creatives

The Reconstructionist Network