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Bringing Our Whole Selves to JRC

by JRC member Melissa Mizel I’ve been interested in Reconstructionism ever since my twenties, when my Manhattan sister and I used to sneak into the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (Reconstructionism’s first congregation) on High Holidays.  When my husband,...

JRC’s 60th Anniversary

by JRC member Charlene Gelber I want to wish us all a Happy 60th anniversary. I wasn’t yet of age in 1964 to join this new Havura, but with my young family, joined in 1978.  I jumped right into committees, the Board, and became President in 1983. I was President while...

Passover Seder Resources and Recommendations from JRC

Passover Seder Resources and Recommendations from JRC updated for 5784/2024 Our spiritual task at Passover is to keep our hearts from hardening, and to use our ritual of symbols and story to both allow the devastation of this moment—crumbly and fragile as matzah—and a...

My Relationship to Israel-Palestine

By Marla Baker, member of JRC’s Israel-Palestine Working Group I am outing myself as a life-long, if currently anguished, Zionist. I have a love for the vivacity and diversity of the people and culture of Israel, unique in all the Middle East; and even as I watch,...

Bereshit

October 11, 2023 D’var by Nancy J Katz There is an irony about giving a D’var on Bereshit, the beginning of our Torah, the majesty of creation, at the beginning of a war.  But here we are at this time.  Except for wars, I like the beginning of things, the promise of...

JRC Statement Regarding the Current Crisis in Israel-Palestine

Preamble: The JRC Board of Directors has endorsed the following statement written by the Israel-Palestine working group. JRC is home to a broad range of opinions, beliefs, and political alignments. We worked together to find our commonalities and create a statement...