Rabbi Mordechai Liebling is the former Torah of Money director at the Shefa Fund (now Bend the Arc). This article is adapted from a talk at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Tikkun Olam Kallah March, 2003.
Rabbi Seth Goldstein proposes a new holiday to celebrate Judaism's "American redemption." A celebration for all American-Jews, such a holiday would be especially significant for the Reconstructionist movement. After all, "what is Reconstructionism but Judaism of the Jewish people, by the Jewish people and for the Jewish people?"
An overview of Reconstructionist philosophy and community life, plus testimonials from members of Reconstructionist congregations.
Short story designed for children about a gay rabbi. The rabbi is not out to his congregation, whose orientation becomes known to two of the members, one of whom is an angry Mr. Birnbaum. After some soul-searching and a heart-to-heart talk with the rabbi, Mr. Birnbaum realizes that his marriage had many similarities to the struggle the rabbi faced.
Emily Snyder reports on a Teen Kallah from Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in 2001. Reflecting on the fun on the learning experiences of our Youth Movement, Snyder writes, "Sometimes kids need to be led not by adults, but by older kids."
One of the key inventors of the Internet as well as one of founders of Google are both Jewish. This article tells about them and some other Jews who have played important roles in the recent evolution of technology.
Harry Brod and Shawn Zevit discuss their experience over the years writing about and leading retreats and workshops for Jewish men. Particular attention is given to the issues of being a man in Western culture and a Jew, and how these religious, ethnic, and gender issues impact Jewish men today. An episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit.
A frank exploration of the purpose of religious school and how conflicts between religious status and identity can be addressed by Reconstructionist congregations. Are we teaching our children to approach American culture and values from a Jewish perspective or are we teaching them to explore Jewish culture and values from an American perspective?
A perspective on taxes and community responsibility throughout Jewish history that sheds light on today's congregational practices of collecting dues.
Letter sent to Congress on June 23, 2008 to support amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by a coalition of religious organizations.