Cross Seminary Course Summer 2021

Community organizing training for seminary students in rabbinic, cantorial, and education school.

JOIN for Justice is currently accepting applications for its fall semester community organizing course for seminary students in rabbinic, Maharat, cantorial, and Jewish education schools in the New York area, including, but not limited to Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Yeshivat Maharat, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and Yeshiva University. The course is offered in partnership with the Religious Action Center.

It will take place Monday evenings between June 7, 2021 through August 9, 2021 from 7:15 – 9 p.m on Zoom.

The Seminary Leadership Project has trained over 750 rabbinical, cantorial, and Jewish education students, helping them learn how to unite their communities around a common mission, develop leaders who can lead with them, not over or under them, and act collectively to realize their mission, both bringing new vitality to the Jewish community and acting for social change that reflects Jewish values.

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The course covers topics such as:

  • Understanding the fundamentals of organizing: developing relational communities, building power, connecting people around their values and interests, and navigating between public and private life
  • Helping clergy cultivate themselves as leaders and protect their interests and time, and employing resilience strategies
  • Identifying and developing other leaders and leadership teams and setting them up to lead on their own
  • The relational tools of the relational meeting and house meeting
  • Developing thriving congregations
  • Identifying common concerns and developing a collectively owned purpose
  • Moving beyond programming to run strategic campaigns that change the synagogue or change the world around us
  • Bringing Jewish communities into partnerships with other communities to work together around common community goals
  • Building respectful relationships across lines of difference, and showing up as partners
  • Organizing Jewish communities to make a difference, not just a statement
  • Learning to undergird an organizing framework with Jewish wisdom, texts and tradition

The course will utilize interactive and engaging training with discussion, role plays, small group work, and time for reflection on students’ current work. Sessions will be taught by experienced organizers and rabbis and cantors using these tools in the field. Apply here. 

To learn more and apply for the course, contact Jeannie Appleman at JOIN for Justice:, 516-375-9150.

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