For those with a voracious appetite for alternative voices in the Jewish world, here are a number of deliciously different resources for a variety of tastes:
G-dcast.com – G-dcast is animating Torah for today. Whether you slept through Sunday school, are new to Jewish learning, or want to try a new kind of Shabbat preparation, these cartoons bring Jewish stories to life.
Ritualwell - Ritual is a sacred way to mark the signposts along one’s journey. Carefully chosen words and actions can transform people and shape our experiences of the world. We appreciate the power of traditional Jewish ritual, while also being committed to innovation. Contemporary life is rich in moments for which we have no traditional ritual or prayer. Ritualwell.org is a resource to both find and share ways to make the tradition speak—or sing—even in circumstances that our ancestors couldn’t have imagined.
The Jew & the Carrot – Jews, Food, & Contemporary Issues – Just what it sounds like … a blog of crunchy new ideas and reinvigorated older ones that you can really sink your teeth into.
Judaism Through a Reconstructionist Lens – a year-long subscription to an introductory class and resources.
Jewish Reconstructionist Movement - The website of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement contains hundreds of resources based on the values, beliefs and history of Reconstructionist Judaism,. including divrei Torah and teachings, tikkun olam projects, lesson plans, congregational best practices, and holiday resources created by members of Reconstructionist communities.
ALEPH – Alliance for Jewish Renewal – ALEPH supports and grows the worldwide movement for Jewish renewal by organizing and nurturing communities, developing leadership, creating liturgical and scholarly resources, and working for social and environmental justice. ALEPH has attracted and energized thousands of seekers returning to Judaism, including many whose journey has led them through other spiritual traditions. Members of the Little Minyan have participated in ALEPH programming and our Spiritual Life Coordinator, Jessica K. Shimberg, is a rabbinical student in the ALEPH S’micha/ordination program.
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center – a 400-acre sanctuary in the Berkshires where Jews of incredibly varied beliefs and backgrounds gather for a variety of reasons and leave transformed in remarkably personal ways. For people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.
Tablet – A New Read on Jewish Life - Tablet is a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. Launched in June 2009, it’s a project of the not-for-profit Nextbook Inc., which also produces the Nextbook Press Jewish Encounters book series. Tablet’s archive holds all the articles and features that originally appeared on the website Nextbook.org.
T’ruah - formerly Rabbis for Human Rights-North America - Founded in 2002, Rabbis for Human Rights – North America (RHR-NA) is an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism that acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people. Grounded in Torah and our Jewish historical experience, and guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, RHR-NA advocates for human rights in North America and Israel. In our North American work, this network of rabbis partner with a range of Jewish, interfaith, and secular organizations that share their commitment to human rights. RHR-NA partners with Rabbis for Human Rights-Israel in efforts to protect the human rights of Jews, Palestinians, and all others living in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
American Jewish World Service - American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
Canfei Nesharim is a part of the Torah-based environmental movement which educates the Jewish community through Torah-based and scientific resources, to instill a sense of responsibility to protect our environment. Their mission is to empower lay leaders, educators, schools and organizations through leadership trainings and support to community change agents, to help each member create a voice of change within their community. The also work to connect Jewish environmentalists so that they can learn from one another and engage each other in shared campaigns. Canfei Nesharim envisions a world where the Jewish community is committed to preserve and protect our environment, inspired by Torah values and seeks to empower individuals, communities, schools and synagogues to internalize Jewish and sustainable values and turn them into an environmentally-sensitive way of life.
Glossary of Jewish Terms - This glossary of Jewish terms is a link from the Jewish United Fund/Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. The site says this of it’s purpose: The Glossary of Terms defines words and phrases of both Hebrew and Yiddish origin. These terms cover the range of the Jewish experience, from annual and lifetime events to ritual objects and Jewish cuisine. JUF would like to acknowledge the help and inspiration of the late Larry Fein, volunteer copyeditor of JUF News for six years on this compilation. It was always Larry’s view that sharing a common language would bring us all closer as a community. May his memory be a blessing.
On Being - a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit. The program began as an occasional series on Minnesota Public Radio in 1999, then became a monthly national program in September 2001, and launched as a weekly program titled Speaking of Faith in the summer of 2003. On Being, as the show was re-named in 2010, is now heard on hundreds of public radio stations in the U.S. and globally via Internet and podcast.