Online Learning

We are very excited to announce  Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations, a project of Reconstructing Judaism. The essays and resources on the Evolve site have been posted to serve as the bases for ongoing conversations about challenging topics.

We offer these resources to you in your community activities and for your own personal study.

Find insightful essays, study guides, sermon sparks and text resources about seven urgent issues of our day:

  1. Jewish Approaches to Justice Work
  2. Harnessing Technology
  3. Why Be Jewish?
  4. Redefining Jewish Identity
  5. Judaism and Race
  6. Cultivating Constructive Conversations about Israel/Palestine
  7. Reimagining Jewish Community

We also hope that Evolve will be a site for ongoing conversations about these groundbreaking issues—conversations that exemplify our values of mutual respect and open-hearted communication. We encourage you to write or video responses that we can add to these conversations. Please share your responses with us here.

These issues will be featured in many of the workshops at the upcoming Convention in Philadelphia of Reconstructing Judaism. In addition, in the coming year, several of our Reconstructionist Learning Networks will focus on these issues.

The evolution of Jewish civilization to which we are all committed depends on our willingness to address difficult issues together in exciting ways that can be challenging. We hope that Evolve will serve as a site that promotes these important conversations.

Learn to Chant Torah

Learning to chant Torah is a useful skill and can be a wonderful way to participate in the community.  After learning the trope signs and their associated melodies, you can make your way through most of the Chumash, the Five Books of Moses, where these symbols are used.

TBI uses a slightly different trope system than many other communities, but most other systems are similar enough to not cause confusion.  You can listen to the trope here.  Download a PDF of the trope or follow along below.

For a detailed description of trope and the cantillation system of reading Torah see the Wikipedia article.

To listen to the trope system for Haftarah, click here-and blessings before and after.


Videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=326UpV60hFQ

Weekday Davenning (Prayers)

The prayers for the weekday service, follow a different nusach (set of melodies) than Shabbat and holidays.

Kol Haneshamah-Limot Chol/Daily Siddur

Mah Tovu-page 3

Birchot ha Shachar-page 15

Modeh/Modah Ani-page 21

Asher Yatsar-page 21

Elohai Neshamah-page 23

Psalm 30-page 31

Baruch She’amar (version 1)-page 33

Baruch She’amar (version 2)-page 33

Page 35

Ashrei (chant)-page 41

Ashrei (full prayer)-page 41

Psalm 146 (Halleli Nafshi)-page 51

Psalm 150-page 61

Page 61–>Yishtabach

Hatzi Kaddish-page 65

Barchu-page 67

As We Bless-page 67

Titbarach–>kulam ahuvim-page 71

Page 73

Or Chadash-page 75

Ahavah Rabah (chant)

Vehar eyneynu-page 81

Shema-page 83

Emet V’yatziv-page 93

Mi Chamocha-page 97

Amidah (full)-page 99

Oseh Shalom-page 135

Kaddish Titkabal-page 145

Aleinu-page 169

Ozi V’Zimrat Yah-379

Aleinu-page

Yihiyu L’Ratzon-page 135