Mordecai Kaplan's masterpiece continues to captivate readers three quarters of a century after its initial publication. Judaism as a Civilization is garnering national attention in part due to a January 28 piece by Diane Cole in the Wall Street Journal, titled Invented the Bat Mitzvah, Rejected a Supernatural God. Cole delivers a succinct recap of Kaplan's life and challenges, and explains why Judaism as a Civilization remains relevant today.
The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation is proud to have partnered with the Jewish Publication Society to reprint the book that inspired the birth of the Reconstructionist movement. Many consider this work to have contributed more than any other to the shaping of contemporary North American Judaism. JRF is grateful to Mel Scult, Kaplan's principal biographer, for providing this edition with a new introduction. This edition is dedicated to one of Kaplan's closest and most influential disciples, Rabbi Jack Cohen, in celebration of his 90th birthday.
You can order the book from the Reconstructionist Press's online bookstore: here. Affiliate members receive 20% off after checkout. You can also order copies from JPS.
Ready to expand your Reconstructionist book shelf? JRF’s new online bookstore features the full catalogue of JRF’s Reconstructionist Press, plus CDs, Camp JRF apparel and more. JRF affiliate congregations and members can get a 20% discount on most products. Call 1-877-JRF-PUBS to get your discount code.
The site will always be changing, so be sure to check back often. You can still order everything by phone by calling 1-877-JRF-PUBS.
A NIGHT OF QUESTIONS: A PASSOVER HAGGADAH
LIMITED EDITION 10th ANNIVERSARY HARDCOVER EDITION
Rabbi Michael Strassfeld and Rabbi Joy Levitt, Eds.
Illustrated in full color by Jeffrey Schrier
The Reconstructionist Press unveiled a commemorative 10th Anniversary hardcover edition of A Night of Questions, the Reconstructionist Passover Haggadah, at the 42nd JRF Convention in Boston this November. This 10” x 10” hardcover gift edition contains all of artist Jeffrey Schrier’s magnificent original artwork from the softcover edition plus a new section, “The Seder as a Spiritual Practice” by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld.
SIDDUR KOL HANO’AR: THE VOICE OF CHILDREN
Transliterated edition available now!
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Rabbi Jeffrey Schein
Illustrated in full color by Joani Rothenberg
This beautiful hardcover Shabbat prayer book for children ages 5-9 makes a wonderful gift for the whole family to share at home. $28/$23.80 for JRF members. Consider adding a set of matching note cards for a lovely gift set for just $5 more!
To order, call JRF’s Reconstructionist Press at 877-JRF-PUBS. read more »
Workbooks for past workshops are available to JRF-affiliated congregations and havurot. The price of $54 for each workbook includes a large three-ring binder. Shipping is additional. To order, email Rabbi Shawn Zevit: SZevit@jrf.org
Kehillah Builders seminar workbook (about 900 pages)
Sacred Trust seminar workbook (950 pages) read more »
Need a break? Want to re-energize your Shabbat practice? Could your family use some time to relax and be playful together? Come celebrate Shabbat with members of Reconstructionist congregations throughout the Midwest at the JRF Midwest Region Shabbaton.
This gathering for singles and families is conveniently located at the Butzel Conference Center in Ortonville, MI, just an hour's drive from Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Lansing.
The Butzel Conference Center is located on 1,300 acres of beautiful woodland overlooking a scenic lake with hiking, basketball, tennis, mini golf and more.
JRF's Reconstructionist Press is offering summer and reprinting discounts.
Update. The sale has been extended to August 27. This is your last chance to order to get the additional 10% discount for prepaid (check or credit card) purchases. There are only 200 of the less expensive Mahzorim left!
First! Any purchase made by credit card before August 27 (just changed, was August 18) to receive 10% in addition to whatever other membership/volume discount that applies to the order.
Order your High Holy Day Mahzor Leyamim Nora'im: Prayerbook for the Days of Awe. Two versions available.
There are no pagination changes to the Mahzor, so Mahzors from previous printings can be used easily at the same service in which the new, lighter, Mahzor is used.
Siddur Kol Hano'ar Voice of Children Siddur. Base price on purchase of the non-transliterated version reduced by 30%.
Again, don't forget that any purchase made by credit card will be reduced by 10% in addition to any other discounts.
Call the JRF Press at: 877-573-7827. And spread the word!
Call Hattie toll free at: 1-877-573-7827.
Until the new "store" goes on line, get more online information at our old web site.
Special: For orders made before March 12, you will receive free shipping and a free companion CD of Pesach songs for any orders of 12 or more copies of "A Night of Questions" Hagaddah by Rabbis Joy Levitt and Michael Strassfeld.