This past Labor Day weekend we welcomed our newest class of Jewish Organizing Fellows to their opening retreat. Our 11 Fellows met for four days in Stoughton, Massachusetts to begin building relationships with each other and kick off the year.
The retreat started out with Fellows exploring the cycle of community organizing, and then moved into a River of Life exercise where they shared personal stories with each other. Highlights included an anti-oppression workshop led by Jo Kent Katz, and the group’s first opportunity to share Shabbat together.
We are especially excited this year to welcome Fellows who are stretching the term “Boston-area” to new heights! In addition placement organizations in Boston, Brookline, Wellesley and Worcester, we are also proud to have Fellows working with the Naugatuck Valley Project in Connecticut, the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Maine, and Next-Gen Climate in New Hampshire. Many of our JOIN Fellows started their organizing jobs this week, and we are looking forward to sharing their stories as they spread out across New England to organize for environmental justice, economic equality, worker rights and so much more.
Read more about each of our Fellows here.