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An extensive set of frequently asked questions about Reconstructionism, for use by Jewish educators. 

Jewish educators can answer children's questions many ways, depending on the child's developmental stage. This brief essay explores the factors involved in weighing how to answer children's questions on Reconstructionist Judaism. 

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No Biblical Reading

There are many trees mentioned in the Bible. Here is a list of some of them and where you can find them. 

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Leviticus 16:1-34; 18: 1-30

Yom Kippur is probably the most challenging holiday to explain meaningfully on a child's level. Rabbi Devorah Bartnoff, z"l, offers goals and techniques for teaching and experiencing Yom Kippur. 

The upbeat, jazzy Israeli song Shabbat Ba'boker  is a Shabbat song with no reference to ritual or practice. But in a way that only an Israeli song can express, it communicates a deep sense of how joyous the Sabbath can be.

This lesson, for use with Siddur Kol Ha'Noar, helps acquaint children and adults with the idea and practice of Shabbat.

The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Derekh Eretz is a Hebrew expression broadly meaning "treatment of others." 

The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Tikkun Olam is a Hebrew expression broadly meaning "reparing the world." 

The TEL (Teens: Experience and Learning) post-b’nai mitzvah program focuses on the values of spiritual peoplehood that form the cornerstones of Reconstructionist Jewish education. Each curriculum focuses on a different value. Hiddur Mitzvah is a Hebrew expression meaning "beautification of a mitzvah," which we here interpret as creativity in its broadest sense. 

This manual provides practical suggestions and tools for lesson planning and classroom management. It includes excellent resources for bringing a "multiple intelligences" awareness into classrooms.

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Genesis 18:1-22:24

A brief "crowdsourced" text study on the Binding of Isaac. Who was being tested, and how? 

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Genesis 32:4-36:43

Text study and discussion questions on the reunion of Jacob and Esau after decades of separation

A play and activities on the life and values of Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzl

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Genesis 1:1-6:8

This lesson about the Garden of Eden encourages students to generate their own midrash. It models an approach that can be applied to other Torah texts.

Jewish values and practical strategies for improving classroom discipline in supplemental religious schools

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Leviticus 22:26-23:44

This is a hands-on, team activity for the week before Sukkot that allows students to build sukkot according to instructions given in the Mishnah.

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Exodus 19:1-20:23

Rabbi Jeffrey Schein has created this suite of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood, under the auspices of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood.

This is the PDF version of the 2016-2017 catalog for the Reconstructionist Learning Networks.

One set curriculum doesn’t meet the needs of the diverse congregations across the Reconstructionist movement. Together, we’ll utilize available resources, brainstorm and develop new resources to take learning and engaging beyond the walls of the congregation and engage families.

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Colleagues and experts will share their experiences in launching new models of Jewish education that speak to today’s learners. Which one is right for your community?

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An email discussion between educators about teaching Hanukkah and the implications of different approaches. 

Summarized discussion among Reconstructionist educators on childrens' High Holiday services

A classroom activity framing the Counting of the Omer in the content of the Four Children of the Passover seder.

Highlights from Innovations Incubator session on "Jewish Megatrends: Priming the Pump of Jewish Innovation" with Rabbi Sid Schwarz

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Fuller Aleynu prayer for Siddur Kol Hano'ar

This lesson helps children and adults delve into the meaning and feeling of the Hashkiveinu prayer.

In this classic article, Rabbi Julie Greenberg explores successful mixed-age classrooms in Jewish schools. 

Highlights from Innovations Incubator session on "Keeping Your Entrepreneurial Edge Sharp" with Rabbi Hayim Herring

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Highlights from Innovations Incubator session on "Getting What You Need from Boards & Governance" with Tobi Rubin

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Highlights from all six sessions of the Innovations Incubator

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In our first session with author Abigail Pogrebin, we began with a question: How can we make the holidays 'urgent' in today's busy world. We shared observations about the Judaism practiced by our Hebrew schools, families, and synagogue communities.

In our second session with author Abigail Pogrebin, we talked about "embracing the other" in our holiday celebrations and reinterpreting the Hannukah story to embrace this idea.

In our followup to the 2016-17 Innovators Incubator, our new Rev Your Engines session focused on the development of a close-knit, supportive network of participants facing similar challenges in their start-up endeavors. From teen focused programming to a havurot for baby boomers, we looked into the support and development resources available to these community leaders.

In our third session with author Abigail Pogrebin, we talked about taking an "Elijah moment" at our Passover celebrations: enacting change in the world in an effective and fulfilling way.

In our second session of Reconstructing for Tomorrow, we were led in a discussion about the spiritual and tangible ways we can integrate ecological values into our Jewish lives.

The 2018 Chesapeake Day of Learning addressed difficult conversations in progressive Jewish communities.

This manual will help you use all three volumes of A Guide to Jewish Practice to boost your adult and teen education programming in meaningful ways.

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