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Selected Sources for Additional Reading on Judaism Part VI: Reconstructionist Judaism [Last Change: $Date: 1995/10/19 15:21:35 $ $Revision: 1.3 $] [Last Post: Sat Feb 14 11:07:04 US/Pacific 2004] This message is intended to provide readers of soc.culture.jewish with a list of references to allow them to learn more about the current practices, past practices, beliefs, and history of the Reconstructionist Judaism Movement. Reconstructionist Judaism is the small "fourth movement" of American Judaism. It was founded by the Conservative Rabbi and philosopher Mordecai Kaplan. It emphasizes "Judaism as a civilization" (i.e., the integration of selected Jewish beliefs with the Jewish people's culture and folkways). Reconstructionist Jews are willing to question conventional answers and keep open minds. They believe that a Jew need not and ought not sacrifice intellectual integrity for the sake of his/her Jewish identity. Reconstructionists are Jews who take the Jewish traditions seriously and live Jewish lives even through they don't believe in the divine supernatural origin of the Torah. Reconstructionists believe that, just a Jewish civilization has adapted to new circumstances throughout Jewish history, so must it adapt to late twentieth-century North American society. Reconstructionists tend to conduct more intimate worship services in which everyone is involved and the rabbi--if there is one--does not dominate. The membership body of the Reconstructionist Movement is the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (http://www.jrf.org/). The association of the reconstructionist Rabbis is the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College publishes Raayonot as its rabbinical journal. Where Can I Get The Books * Many of these books are available through general bookstores or Judaica bookstores. A list of links to these may be found in the sources section of the General Reading List (if you are reading this at www.scjfaq.org, you can simply click on the "Sources" button in the header navigation bar). * Publications of the Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, the Reconstructionist Press, etc. may be obtained from: Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Beit Devora 7804 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 9 Elkins Park, PA 19027-2649 Phone (215) 782-8500 Fax (215) 782-8805 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Reconstructionist Press toll free order line: (877) JRF-PUBS or (877) 573-7827 http://www.jrf.org/pub/cat-main.html [Amazon Associate] The S.C.J Reading List has established an affiliate relationship with Amazon.Com. (http://www.amazon.com/). Now you can complete your Reconstructionist Jewish library and support the continued development of the Reading Lists at the same time, for many books on Reconstructionist Judaism are available through Amazon. For those reading this at www.scjfaq.org/rl/jrc-intro.html, you can click the link to the left to browse Amazon's selections. Alternatively, if you enter Amazon using the URL http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?tag=socculturejewi sh, the reading lists will get credit for your entry. Additionally, when you see the Amazon graphic [If you were at www.scjfaq.org, the graphic would be here] (or "[Buy at Amazon: http:...]") on an entry in the reading list, this indicates that the specific book is available for purchase at Amazon. Click on the graphic/link to go to Amazon and purchase the book. Reproduction of this posting for commercial use is subject to restriction. See Part 1 (general) for more details.