Organizing for Liberation with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman


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As we enter the high holidays, join us to reflect with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman and Rabbi Becky Silverstein. As the first blind woman in the world to enter the rabbinate, Rabbi Lauren will lead us in imagining how vibrant our communities can be when we are more inclusive and work to “decenter the center.” Please join us for this exciting and dynamic conversation, moderated by Rabbi Becky Silverstein.


You can access the Facebook event here.

TBZ is a wheelchair accessible location. If you need ASL interpreting or CART, please contact Cole at as soon as possible, and by 9/25 and we will do our best to provide an interpreter. If you are able to offer ASL services, please reach out to Cole as well.

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Behind-the-Scenes of the Empower Fellowship

In partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, this fall JOIN for Justice launched a new initiative as part of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship for Jews with disabilities, called the Empower Fellowship. As part of this initiative, Empower Fellows, their Placements, and the whole cohort will have access to trainings and coaching about the intersections of disability, organizing and Judaism.

We sat down with Fellowship Director, Allegra Heath-Stout, and Executive Director, Karla Van Praag, to learn more about how this initiative came to be, why it’s important, what they’ve learned through this process, and more! Check out the video to learn more. (Visual descriptions of the video can be found at the bottom of this page.)

To learn more about disability and justice, please check out the links below:

  • Lydia X. Z. Brown’s website: Lydia X. Z. Brown is a disability justice advocate, organizer, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They were part of JOIN’s Advisory committee for creating the Empower Fellowship.
  • Sins Invalid: Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.
  • Rabbi Lauren Tuchman’s ELI Talk: Rabbi Lauren Tuchman received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2018 and is, as far as she is aware, the first blind woman in the world to enter the rabbinate. She was on the Empower Fellowship advisory committee, and is an alum of several JOIN programs.

Visual description of the video:

Two white women sit in chairs facing each other for conversation. The video opens with JOIN’s logo, then text that says “This fall, JOIN launched our new Empower Fellowship. This is a Fellowship within the Empower Fellowship for Jews with disabilities. It includes disability-related trainings and coaching for Empower Fellows, their Placement organizations, and the broader cohort. We sat down with JOIN staff to get a behind-the-scenes look at this program.”

The first speaker is Allegra Heath-Stout, Fellowship Director, second speaker is Karla Van Praag, Executive Director. 

At 00:54 there’s a photo of Allegra and another Fellow at a Raise Up Massachusetts action. 

At 2:06 there’s text on the screen that says “Why is it important to center disability in our justice work?”

At 3:04 there’s a photo of disability rights activist from a 1977 action in San Francisco for Section 504. 

At 3:16 the text says “What have you learned from this process?”

At 3:44 the text says “What are your hopes for the impact of this program?”

At 5:01 the text reads “What has been most exciting in this work?”

The final screen says “For more information, please visit” with a logo at the bottom that says “Supported by CJP.”

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Meet Ericka Hines, our new DEI Consultant

Ericka Hines headshot. Ericka Hines, Principal of Every Level Leadership, is a consultant, advisor, strategist, curriculum designer, and senior trainer who works with organizations to do two things: use diversity to their advantage and leverage leadership across levels.

As a consultant, she embraces opportunities for change and exploration as she works with clients to create productive and inclusive workplaces. She has enjoyed leading projects and collaborating with teams in national foundations, government agencies, nonprofits, and small businesses. To date, she has combined her deep knowledge and quick wit to train over 1500 individuals across the country.

Her work always features a mix of solid data, actionable information, and useful skills. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School Of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Wright State University.

JOIN is working with Ericka to strengthen our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work both internally and externally. We recognize that this work is a journey, and we have been learning and growing in this area especially in the past few years. We are excited to have Ericka join us to support deepening our work. She will work with JOIN to amend and grow our curriculum so that it incorporates collective liberation and an anti-oppression framework.


Ericka says, “I’m excited to work with JOIN because I think that work you are doing is awesome and I hope that I can help you succeed in your continued commitment to equity, inclusion, and liberation”.

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JOIN partner and trainer Nahma Nadich share reflections of An American Teshuvah

Headshot of Nahma Nadich.

Photo from JCRC website. 

How might we approach our teshuvah as American Jews in 2019? How might we pursue justice, knowing that we will never fully attain this elusive goal?  As American and as Jews, how can we set about to achieve what Coates calls a “moral reckoning and spiritual awakening”?

JOIN partner and trainer Nahma Nadich reflects about her trip to the south in this article in the Times of Israel.

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Alum Emilia Diamant on Life After Being A Professional Jew

Emilia speaking to a crowd.

Photo courtesy of Jewschool.

Jewish Organizing Fellowship alum Emilia Diamant (’13) shares her reflections on her time as a “Jewish Professional” in relation to her Jewish identity. You can read more here!

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