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Rabbi Jeffrey Schein

Rabbi Jeffrey Schein

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Reconstructionist Educators' FAQs on Israel These sample questions address Reconstructionist attitudes toward Israel and provide guidance for how to address Palestinian-Israeli relations.
Next Year In Jerusalem? This article considers different interpretations of the phrase that ends the Passover seder: "l'shanah haba'ah biyerushalayim" (next year in Jerusalem).
Jewish Family Life

Rabbi Jeffrey Schein explores the principles and meaningful experiences that make for a rich Jewish family life and how Reconstructionist approaches can help create a positive Jewish learning environment at home. An episode of Heart, Mind and Spirit.

Reconstructionist Education

Rabbis Jeffrey Schein, RRC '77, and Linda Holtzman, RRC '79, examine the key components of an effective Reconstructionist education in an episode of the radio program Heart, Mind and Spirit.

The 100 Languages of Children Meet the 70 Faces of Torah: Preparing the Encounter of Jewish and Reggio Emilia-Style Approaches to Early Childhood Rabbi Jeffrey Schein and Deb Schein describe their assumptions and search for a metaphor to describe the groundbreaking work they are doing in bringing the philosophy of early childhood education from the Reggio Emilia approach in Italy to Jewish early childhood education in North America.
Commitment and Continuity As a first sampling of the fruits of Me'am Loez we turn to Parashat Bo and the final plagues and encounters between Moses and Pharaoh that set the stage for the exodus of b'...
It's Reassuring: Number of Jews Can Increase as Well as Shrink The other day I had a call from a wonderfully eccentric cousin who is always concocting one scheme or another to save the Jews. Particularly perplexed by the latest release of the National Jewish Population ...
Jews Struggle with Unity, Challenges of Membership The Jewish world cannot be simply bifurcated into the world of Jews and the world of non-Jews. In the mind of Jacob Culi, there is a sharp contrast between the relationship of the erev rav (...
Blueprint for a Full Jewish Life If we review briefly the last several parshiot of Exodus, we see an interesting pattern. We began with mythic moments of redemption from slavery and the revelation of the Torah in Bo, B'shalach, and ...
On Holding High Jewish Office: Do Clothes Make the Man?

What does the well-dressed Cohen Gadol (High Priest) look like? Quite resplendent, according to this week's Torah portion, Tetzaveh. Bearing on his chest the hosen mishpat (breastplate of judgment) with twelve different minerals, each ...

The Torah as Puzzle: You Can Rearrange the Parts In Jewish tradition, God is not so much in the details as in the relationships that hold the details together. Ki Tisa, this week's Torah portion, offers several outstanding examples of the temporal and ...
The Giving Heart of the "Gangs of Washington" An amazing thing happens in this this Torah portion. The generosity of the Israelites exceeds both God's and Moses' expectations. The gold and other precious materials required to build the mishkan (tabernacle) are the ...
Vision is Important in Guiding Our Work

Traditionally, as we end a book of Torah, we both congratulate ourselves and resolve to study even more diligently in the future. We say hazak, hazak, v'nithazek: be strong, be strong, and strengthen one ...

Where Does the Spirit of Sacrifice Take Us?

As we now begin our study of the book of Vayikra (Leviticus), we start with two observations:Even some fairly dedicated Torah learners find this the most difficult book of the Hamisha Humshei Torah (Five ...

The Ascending Heart

A colleague of mine once summarized the inner power of Judaism in the following way: Judaism challenges us "to ethicize ritual, and ritualize ethics." Last week in this column we had a chance ...

Jewish Tradition and Slavery As a freshman in college at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1967, I vividly remember driving north with a friend to San Francisco to participate in a Vietnam war protest and being directed ...
Reconstructionist Education's FAQs

This list provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about Reconstructionist Judaism.

Introduction to Reconstructionist Education's FAQs

This introduction to Reconstructionist Education's frequently asked questions explains why a "cheat sheet" is necessary and provides guidance about how to discuss these and other questions with students of different ages.

Educational Resources on Jewish Peoplehood: A Shavuot Gift