Don’t Kvetch, Organize! Jews of Color Cohort

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 Details about the 2022 course:

JOIN for Justice hosted our 5th cohort of Don’t Kvetch, Organize! for Jews of Color and People of Color. This online course teaches fundamentals of organizing and can be helpful for folks who are relatively new to organizing, or who have been organizing for some time without receiving formal training. 

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

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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.

 See more of what our past participants are saying here!

By participating in the Jews of Color Cohort you will gain:

  • A community of peers who also identify as Jews of Color that 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  your commitment to acting for justice;
  • Stories that give a behind the scenes look at different organizing efforts, both iconic and lesser known;
  • An understanding of one community organizing model and how it can be used in a practical way to effectively address issues, big and small;
  • An analysis of widening economic disparity, and insight into how to work across lines of race and other identities;
  • A fast track introduction to Social Justice Organizing and access to network of Social Justice professionals;

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

Course basics:

  • The course will runs for 7 weeks.
  • Content is taught by experienced trainers and visionary Jewish leaders;
  • Participants can watch weekly online training videos on their own time.
  • On average the course has approximately 3 hours of coursework per week.
  • Course content is accessible to most screen readers, and all pre-recorded materials will be closed captioned (and closed captioning is available upon request for live online sessions). For more information to make sure this course will be accessible to you, please email

“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.”

Who is the Jews of Color cohort meant for?

  • Jews of Color who want to build relationships with other JOCs across the country
  • Anyone who identifies as a person of color and either identifies as Jewish or has a connection and interest in exploring community organizing through a Jewish lens. Non-Jewish people of color who enroll in Don’t Kvetch, Organize! are invited and welcome to join the Jews of Color cohort.

Who is the course meant for?

  • People who would like take action in their community on issues exacerbated by the pandemic, with an eye towards larger systemic change.
  • People who have been doing social justice work but feel like they’re not getting very far and wonder if there is a way to be more effective.
  • People who want to learn how they can have a meaningful impact on issues they care about, without it taking over their whole life.
  • People who want to explore how Judaism or their Jewish identity can strengthen and be strengthened by their commitment to having a meaningful impact in the world.


  • The course is being offered on a sliding scale $175 – $345 based on income. If an organization is paying for your registration please register at the upper end of the scale.
  • Register on or before January 12 for a $50 discount. 
  • A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those who need additional support.


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