The first National Summit was held at HUC-JIR in New York on April 29 – 30, 2012.
The field of Jewish community organizing is growing rapidly. However, as practitioners in this field, we had never before formally come together– across denominations, across roles, across the country– to share wisdom, build connections, find partners, and plan for the future. JOIN for Justice’s National Summit brought Jewish organizers together to articulate and celebrate their shared vision for the Jewish community and its role in advancing justice in the world.
Through networking, training, and other learning opportunities, participants built relationships and gained resources that will strengthen our ability to achieve our individual and collective goals.
At the Summit we worked to build the Jewish community’s capacity for organizing in three ways:
- We provided introductory as well as high-level trainings, led by experts in the field, on the theory and practice of organizing and its relevance and relationship to the Jewish community
- We created relational and peer-to-peer learning opportunities that build networks of organizers who are professionally, geographically, and/or personally compatible
- We leveraged the power and passion of the community to strategize about advancing the vision and mission of JOIN for Justice