Rabbi Jacob Staub reflects on his coming out experiences in this essay on Hanukkah.
In 2013-14, the Tikkun Olam Commission of the Reconstructionist movement is initiating actions and conversations about wealth and income inequality and the related question: How much is enough? This letter, written by Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, ’85, was originally sent to college students. However, it’s a useful text for any family, study group or individual who wants to bring contemporary meaning and challenging questions to bear on an ancient holiday.
Type: Community Discussion Guide
As we gather to celebrate the holidays of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving we pause to acknowledge the abundance in our lives and reflect upon our gratitude and the question of what is enough.
How to Light the Hanukkah Candles - a video
Listen and watch Rabbi Jeff Eisenstat as he demonstrates lighting the Hanukkah menorah. He's also thrown in "O' Hanukkah, O' Hanukkah" whose famous English words were written by Mordecai Kaplan's daughter, Judith Eisenstein.
Type: How to
Along with selecting special haftorot for each week to highlight an aspect of the Torah portion, the rabbis also chose special readings for the holidays. For the first Shabbat of Hanukah the rabbis selected Zechariah 2:14 -4:7. ...
Type: Dvar Torah
Words and sheet music for three-part vocal harmony for a Hanukkah song about differences between dark and light, good and evil. Music and Lyrics by Margot L. Stein. Arrangement by Elizabeth Bolton.
Ideas for giving opportunities throughout the Jewish year. Connects each Jewish holiday to the concept of tzedakah and recommends a relevant type of beneficiary to support.
Topics: Congregational Development, Jewish Life, Money and Values, Tikkun Olam, Holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, Shemini Atzeret, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Tu Bishvat, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, Tisha B'av
Type: Program Description
A story about a family's struggle to redefine their relationship with Hanukkah and rededicate their intentions to the meaning of the holiday. Inspired by Kerry Olitsky's book, Eight Nights, Eight Lights.