Don’t Kvetch, Organize! Jews of Color Cohort

JOIN for Justice is hosting our 6th cohort of Don’t Kvetch, Organize! for Jews of Color and People of Color. This online course teaches fundamentals of organizing and is created for folks who are relatively new to organizing, or who have been organizing for some time without receiving formal training.

Please note: in addition to Jewish People of Color, this cohort is open to People of Color who are not Jewish and interested in exploring organizing through a Jewish lens.

About Don’t Kvetch, Organize!

Guided by experienced trainers and instructors, we will examine different ways that community organizing has been used to build a more just world for all and how our Jewish tradition and history inform our own commitments and approaches to acting for justice.

We are particularly excited about our Jews of Color cohort program. This cohort will learn together how community organizing skills and frameworks can support their Jewish and justice work. The course also provides a platform to engage with other Jews of Color across the country who are working for social justice, while building relationships with each other through participating in the course together.

The cohort meetings… felt really empowering. I’ve never been in a JOC space before, let alone a JOC organizing space. My fellow cohort members are wonderful… I feel very grateful for this space!This was hugely helpful … and I’m very much looking forward to continuing this work into the future.I have learned to be patient with the long process, have small achievable goals along the way and make changes to the plan without letting my mistakes get me down.”

With so much going on in the world, how do you even start to make a difference?

This course examines how we can use community organizing to strengthen our communities, and build a more just world. While society would often have us believe we need to go it alone — that we are solely responsible for creating change — community is one of the cornerstones of organizing to build power together, and create real change in the world.

For seven weeks, course participants are guided by experienced trainers and instructors to delve deeper into social justice and community organizing fundamentals, relate these fundamentals to Jewish tradition and values, and get firsthand experience building relational organizing skills, growing their capacity for leadership, and building power with other leaders in their cohort. No one has to do it alone.

The next round of the course will begin the week of November 6, 2023, and run through the week of December 18, 2023.

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Course Takeaways

You will leave the course with the following:

  • A community of peers who also identify as Jews of Color who share language and knowledge to support your work tackling issues you care about, even after the course!
  • A natural and powerful connection between your Jewish identity and acting for justice
  • Behind-the-scenes stories from both iconic and lesser-known organizing efforts
  • An understanding of a community organizing model and how it can be used in a practical way to address issues in your community effectively
  • An analysis of widening economic disparity, and insight into working across lines of race, disability, class, and other intersecting identities

“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”

“Is this for me?”

This course was designed for you if you…

  • Feel called to take action in your community on issues exacerbated by the pandemic, with an eye toward more significant systemic change
  • Have been involved in social justice work in the past but feel like you’re not getting very far and wonder if there is a way to be more effective
  • Want to learn how you can have a meaningful impact on issues you care about (without it taking over your whole life)
  • Desire to explore how Judaism or your Jewish identity can be strengthened by your commitment to having a meaningful impact on the world

Course Components

This course is a mixture of live cohort meetings and written and pre-recorded materials. On average, the course has approximately 3 hours of coursework per week. You can review the syllabus here.

  • Written materials are accessible to most screen readers
  • All pre-recorded materials are closed captioned
  • Real-time captioning for live cohort meetings is also available on request

Please email with further access questions.

We are now finalizing the live cohort dates and times and will update this page when that information is available.

Course Trainers

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Expert Trainers including many leading organizers, scholars, and cutting edge professionals such as:

  • Yavilah McCoy: Yavilah McCoy is the CEO and Executive Director of Dimensions, a nonprofit led by women and Jewish People of Color that provides training and consulting in diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Marshall Ganz: social movement legend, world-renowned thought leader, Harvard educator
  • Dove Kent: former Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) in New York, now works as Senior Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc.
  • Rabbi Jonah Pesner: Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Heather Booth: nationally recognized and long-time civil rights organizer
  • Ruth Messinger: former president of the American Jewish World Service, currently serving as their Global Ambassador

Cost & Deadlines

  • Don’t Kvetch, Organize! is offered on a self-selected income-based sliding scale of $175-$345
    If an organization is paying for your registration, please register at the higher end of the scale.
  • Early registration closes September 18, 2023 or when cohorts are full
  • Final registration closed October 16, 2023 or when cohorts are full
  • The course starts the week of November 6, 2023 and runs for six weeks

Ready to learn more?

Register here for our Live Information Call, happening September 14 at 12pm Eastern Time. The recording will be made available after the live call, both here on this page, and via email to anyone who registers.

For other questions, please email

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“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.”

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