“Jewish Values & the Ethical Now: A Conference in Celebration of Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D” will test a new model for exploring such questions. Organized by the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics, a project of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College’s Center for Jewish Ethics, the conference will take place on March 10-11 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The gathering of academics, religious leaders … [Read more...] about Jewish Ethics Conference Gathers Academics, Rabbis and Communal Leaders to Explore Contemporary Questions in a Jewish Framework
Reconstructing Judaism / formerly Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
When institutions make new leadership choices, what criteria drive their selections? A set of significant structural and policy issues confront educational institutions today. This is especially the case for our Jewish seminaries. The decline of support for organized religion, the changing roles of clergy, and the presence of new competitors represent three of these primary institutional challenges. Seminaries such … [Read more...] about Leading from the Outside In:
Examining a Different Institutional Leadership Model For JTS-HUC-AJU
By Seth Rosen and Rabbi Deborah Waxman We write shortly before the opening of the first Reconstructionist convention in eight years, and shortly after the tragic and terrible events at Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This event hit especially close to home since Dor Hadash, our affiliated congregation, was one of the three communities that shared space at Tree of Life. With the other congregations, Dor Hadash suffered … [Read more...] about The Importance of Holy Conversation
By Jacob J Staub What can we in the American Jewish community do to infuse our conversations with a tone of mutual respect and open-hearted listening, even when we disagree? The Jewish world needs a number of models to approach these conversations. Here is one way that digital technology can be utilized to advance sacred dialogue. Reconstructing Judaism has just rolled out Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations with the intention of … [Read more...] about Sowing the Seeds of Constructive Evolution
By Jacob J Staub This fall, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Wyncote, Pa., is launching an initiative to train Jewish Spiritual Directors. Over the course of two years, participants will learn the practices of discernment and contemplative listening. They will study Jewish texts, beliefs and spiritual practices, meet monthly with their own spiritual director and, under supervision, begin to serve as a spiritual director of … [Read more...] about Notice the Holy Wherever You Go