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Virtual Shabbat Box

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This Shabbat Box contains essays, meditations and other ways for you to engage with Shabbat.

Looking for Shabbat services? Check out Recon Connect for virtual services and more live, online programs throughout the week.


    July 3-4


    Watch: Rosh Hodesh Tammuz — Uncovering Women’s Practices in Ancient Israel 

    We are in a time of recovering lost or suppressed histories. In this session Dr. Tamar Kamionkowski looks at a few biblical passages that hint at uniquely women’s religious practices. Sourced from Recon Connect Beit Midrash 

    Uncovering Women’s Practices beit midrash


    Listen: ‘Eli, Eli’ 

    For a moment of calm reflection, listen to Elana Bell singing “Eli, Eli,” by Hannah Senesh.  Sourced from Ritualwell 

    Stream in green forest


    Listen: Sim Shalom/Peace Like a River 

    This mashup of “Peace Like a River” and “Sim Shalom” is sung by Koach Baruch Frazier. Sourced from Reset: Resilience Practices for Jewish Social Justice Organizations 

    Peace Like A River/Sim Shalom by Reconstructing Judaism


    Read: Reflections on the Field of Jewish Social Justice: Ten Years of Training Rabbis for Activism 

    In the midst of the greatest flowering of Jewish action for social justice in America since the immigrant generation of the early 20th century, progressive Jewish organizations and Jewishly-identified activists are addressing the whole range of justice issues. Rabbi Mordechai Liebling speaks to the burgeoning interest in how Jewish teachings and practice can support and grow the movement. Sourced from Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations 

    Protester holding hand-lettered sign reading "More equality, more love"


    Read: Prayer for America 

    On this American Independence Day, Rabbi Victor H. Reinstein offers a prayer for our country, that the day may soon rise “when in rainbow chorus we shall sing, ‘We have overcome.’ ”  Sourced from Ritualwell 

    American flag projected against white background and upraised hand in a peace sign



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