Testimonials

In the fall of 2015, we launched Don’t Kvetch, Organize! with 193 participants across the country.  We offered our second course this past spring, hosting another 180 participants. Here’s what a few of them had to say about the experience:

 

“This course was a real eye-opener to the power that the community organizing can offer. It’s easy to think that these things are intuitive, but they are not. It’s a learned process and a different way of thinking.” Read more about this course participant’s experience here!

I feel ready to embrace taking action with confidence, as a leader. I understand the crucial nature of boldness and courage as I work alongside others to bring change. Listening, storytelling, and building relationships one by one are the route to strategic action. I not only came to understand the power of action but also that it needs to be interwoven with hope and belief in a positive outcome aligned with Jewish values.”

I learned a great deal about organizing effective and sustainable campaigns.”

This has been an amazing fast-track introduction to the Social Justice organizing world. I notice the difference now when I read about any campaign…how to think about it, what I think is being done well or not so well, what I think might enhance it, instead of passively noting a campaign but not feeling attached/interested in any direct way.”

“I learned organizing skills that are applicable and valuable to so many kinds of work, both professional and volunteer. The organizing skills taught in this course are really life skills that everyone should know.”

“The salient point from the course for me, as I attend meetings and build relationships to reach our goals, is the Jewish character of this work.  The deep understanding and requirement to pursue justice and respect every individual’s dignity echoes across time and place.  Particularly in such a diverse community as Los Angeles.  I am grateful to have the ability and opportunity to add my voice. and be part of the solution to very serious problems that may not affect me directly – but which do harm my community – my extended family.”

“One key message that I am taking away from this course is the idea that Judaism is a radical tradition.  That themes of justice and equity are embedded throughout Jewish tradition.  Woven into even the most mainstream of rituals (like Shabbat, for example).  Before this class, I felt like I had a few explicit connection points between Judaism and my social justice values.  Now I feel like the whole of Jewish tradition is a connection.  I am excited to continue to wake up to the radical potential in everyday Judaism–drawing upon it as I continue my work.”

“I LOVED the videos and the Jewish focus of the course.”

“I truly appreciated the time spent throughout this course.  I value not only the materials presented by the trainers, but learning from each other as well.  I enjoyed hearing reactions from a variety of perspectives & backgrounds.  I learned not only much about important aspects of organizing, but also a bit about myself.  I realized some hindering attitudes I have about power, my own political naivete  & resistance.  I look forward to sharing much of the information gathered with others from my congregation & my greater community.”

“One big thing I’ve learned is that there is this vast network of Jews actively fighting for social justice, and in particular using organizing, and connecting it to their Jewish heritage. In recent years I became familiar with JOIN and one temple here in Boston that is social justice oriented, but previously did not really connect Judaism with justice, and I LOVE this connection. In connection with this is an understanding of the years-long organizing campaigns that were behind many of the small and large social changes I have seen in my lifetime. I am thrilled to have a better, more comprehensive understanding, of how positive social change is made.”

“Applying the course concepts to a real challenge helped me refine my thinking and demonstrated that I truly understood the concepts. I’d been around organizing, and people who were organizing, but never had anyone explain to me exactly what organizing is and what it can do. This course did that for me.”

“I learned so much!”