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Chesapeake Day of Learning
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Resource for Affiliates on Our New Name
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eJewish Philanthropy provides valuable articles for Jewish organizations on topics from marketing to community engagement. The following articles may be relevant to your work and the work of the other leaders of your community:
Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018
Before we open convention registration in late April, we’d like jumpstart the conversation around the 2018 Reconstructionist convention in Philadelphia, Penn. On the convention website is a question we’d love for you to share with your community:
Many options for davening with amazing leaders from around the movement
Music and dancing woven throughout Convention
Engaging and open-minded Jewish text study
Field trips and social justice service opportunities in nearby historic Philadelphia
Opportunities for gatherings of affinity groups including RENA members, rabbis, executive directors, congregational presidents, a pick-up choir, musicians, young leadership and Learning Network participants
Learning network participants gathering off-line
Celebrating the rabbinical college’s 50th anniversary with stories, music and of course, cake
A Saturday night concert featuring Nefesh Mountain from Bnai Keshet and many other Reconstructionist musicians
An in-person meeting of the Plenum
Participating in workshops and special events with other Reconstructionists
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Reconstructing Judaism is partnering with the Jewish Women’s Archive to capture and preserve the #MeToo stories of Jewish women. Consider adding yours to this important communal record.
Reconstructionist Learning Networks connect leaders and members of affiliated Reconstructionist communities with RRC faculty, leading authors, social justice activists and Reconstructing Judaism staff. Network participants meet online to explore the issues that matter most to their community through case studies, texts and real-life challenges.
Networks are free for members and staff of affiliated communities, RRA members, RENA members and direct contributors. New networks starting in April include:
Camp Havaya (Pennsylvania) is an incredibly diverse and welcoming community where campers are encouraged to discover what being Jewish means to them—no matter who they are or where they come from. We hope you will share the video with your community. Camp Havaya will start on June 24. More information is available at CampHavaya.org.
Havaya Arts (California) is a high-quality arts and summer camp experience. Havaya Arts aims to be a joyful, welcoming and progressive Jewish community where campers grow as intentional artists and human beings. We hope you will share the video with your community. Havaya Arts will start on June 18. More information is available at HavayaArts.org.
Podcasts From Our Studio
We hope you will consider sharing the links to and explanations of these podcasts with your community.
Hashivenu is a podcast about Jewish teachings and practice around resilience. Cultivating resilience, both individually and collectively, is an essential path to personal renewal.
About Episode 9
The Book of Esther contains striking examples of women speaking out against oppression in ways that both empower and imperil them. Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, joins Rabbi Deborah Waxman to discuss parallels with the #MeToo movement.
How does Judaism intersect with contemporary culture and illuminate how people live their lives? Hosts Rachael Burgess and Bryan Schwartzman have a lot of questions, both profound and goofy.
About Episode 11
What does Judaism do and what it is for? What does it do for those who don’t feel compelled by God to live life according to Jewish law? Rabbi Maurice Harris, RRC '03, fields these questions and explains why he avoids “outing” himself as a rabbi while he’s a passenger on a commercial flight.
Reconstructing Judaism endorses and co-sponsors numerous petitions, public letters and statements from aligned organizations and also issues its own public statements on occasion. Here are the statements we have issued and public letters we have signed onto in the last month, either alone or jointly with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association:
J Street Conference: A Voice for Today, a Vision for Tomorrow
Join us for a Reconstructionist breakfast meet-up at 8:30am on Sunday, April 15, at the J Street conference on the Israel/Palestine peace process.
Chesapeake Day of Learning
8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
7727 Persimmon Tree Lane
The program will begin with a choice of services, meditation and yoga followed by a keynote presentation by Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, RRC '82, on spiritual practices for the cultivating of character.
In the interactive portion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to work on their own most challenging trait using the Jewish practice of Mussar. The keynote will be followed by a choice of workshops presented by local and Reconstructing Judaism leaders.
The cost for this program is $18 per person. A box lunch will be provided.
Plenum Representatives, please expect further details from the Affiliate Support Department.
This year's convention, titled "Rooted and Relevant: Reconstructing Judaism in 2018," will feature learning, singing, dancing, eating and praying. Early bird registration will open in late April. Check out the convention website for more information and click here to add the event to your calendar.
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