Clergy Fellowship

For Rabbis, Cantors & Jewish Educators

“Two are better than one, since they have good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up their friend, but woe to the one who falls and has no second one to lift them up. Moreover, if two lie down, they will have warmth, but how will one have warmth? And if someone prevails against one, the two will stand against them, and a three-fold cord will not be quickly broken.”  Kohelet 4:9-12

JOIN alum Rabbi Anne Lewis organizes for justice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

JOIN alum Rabbi Anne Lewis organizes for justice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The JOIN Clergy Fellowship offers clergy and master educators—in both synagogues and other Jewish institutions—the opportunity to explore community organizing and expose select congregants or members to it so they can assess if it can further their community’s mission. Clergy who have already been trained in organizing also benefit from the fellowship’s additional support and training, the focus on helping build a stronger base of support among the membership, and the opportunity to be in relationship with other clergy across the country from all the denominations with similar goals and dreams.

In its first year, JOIN is operating the fellowship in cities that have a critical mass of people ready to explore this work. Fellows began their work in March 2015 and will continue through June 2016, with other opportunities to continue their work into the future.

JOIN Clergy Fellows receive:

  • High level training in the fundamentals and tools of community organizing, including topics such as: sophisticated analysis of how power works in your own institution and the world around you; propositioning and developing leaders and working with successful leadership teams; strategic campaign planning; uniting a community around a common mission; and, building relational power across different community.
  • Executive coaching from an experienced organizer to help you internalize your learning and apply it to the needs of your own institution.
  • Training for select congregants or members so that they can commit to a common organizing vision with you. Training through a one-day, in-person session and a fall 2015 course from JOIN’s online institute, which will include approximately five online sessions and two in-person check-ins.
  • Opportunity to participate in a community-wide social justice campaign through which you can make your learning concrete, build relationships with clergy and leaders across lines of race, class, and religion, and have an impact on a critical issue facing your community.
  • Meaningful relationships with other dedicated rabbis, cantors, and master educators both in your own hub and in others around the country where people are engaged in community organizing for justice and community transformation, as part of a national clergy network.

JOIN Clergy Fellows are asked to:

  • Attend three personalized, in-person trainings in the spring of 2015 for fellows, in the fall of 2015 for fellows and select lay leaders, and in the winter of 2015-16 for fellows and local clergy from other faiths involved in the justice campaign.
  • Participate in monthly executive coaching calls.
  • Recruit at least five laypeople to be trained through JOIN’s online institute course.
  • Participate in a local, community-wide justice campaign by attending public meetings, meeting with decision makers or community leaders, or educating the public about the issue.
  • Help JOIN fundraise locally to offset the program’s costs in ways such as attending meetings with foundations or individual donors or connecting JOIN to potential future supporters.

Cost: The full value to the clergy of the training and coaching provided to clergy and their congregants is approximately $10,000 per congregation.

JOIN is subsidizing the full cost of the pilot year of the fellowship. This launch has been initially funded by national foundations committed to engaging clergy in social justice initiatives. JOIN asks each Fellow to commit to help us fundraise locally to make the project sustainable.