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10 Things I Learned As Education Director at Reconstructionist Congregation Mishkan Shalom

In November 2000, Rabbi Linda Holtzman, RRC '79, delivered this keynote address at the JRF Mid-Atlantic Regional Educators' Day. In these remarks she lists ten important principles she learned during her five years as education director at Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia.
Type: How to

Discussion About B'nai Mitzvah Requirements From EdTalk

This is a summary of exchanges among Reconstructionist educators on the EdTalk listserve (in 2000) about requirements for B'nai Mitzvah and their families. Contributions include summaries of policy, a debate on the need for the policies, and two anecdotes related to implementation of these policies.
Type: Listserve Thread

Toddlers Turn On to Torah

How can you delight two- and three-year-olds with chanting of Torah in ancient melodies called trope? How do you pull them into the storyline, calling out questions and literally jumping out of their seats to shout Hazak! Hazak! Venithazek! (Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!) at the end of each portion, as if it were a chorus from the latest Disney blockbuster? Rabbinical student Marisa Elana James did just that, weekly, during her year as director of programming at a congregation in New York City. In this article, you can read about her methodology and listen to her chanting and questioning her very young congregants.

Training the 21st Century Rabbi

A dynamic conversation with Rabbi David Teutsch about the historic and current methods of identifying and training future Jewish leaders, with particular attention to the experiences and programs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and models of becoming a Reconstructionist Rabbi. An episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit.

Type: Audio Interview


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