Tzedek Organizing Training

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Many Jews are committed to pursuing economic, racial, and social justice here in our region, grounded in the biblical command “tzedek tzedek tirdof / justice, justice you shall pursue.” But how, in practical terms, do we pursue justice? What do we actually do to move from the world as it is now to the world we want to live in?

Join JUFJ for our first ever Tzedek Organizing Training program, Sundays in September, 2024. This training series will teach you the fundamental skills of community organizing, from cultivating individual relationships to building across differences to create powerful coalitions. Along the way, we’ll examine the history of Jewish organizing, learn from successful local campaigns, practice constructing public narratives, and turn our study into action toward justice right here in DC and Maryland. If you are interested in participating, let us know below and we will be in touch.

Curriculum Overview

Session 1 – Introduction
  • What is Organizing?
  • History of Jewish Organizing
  • Storytelling for Organizing
Session 2 – Building Power
  • What Is Power?
  • Campaign Strategy
  • Power Mapping
Session 3 – Organizing Across Difference
  • Antiracist Organizing
  • Disability Justice
  • 1:1 meetings
Session 4 – Wrap-up
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Putting our skills into action

Dates and Locations

Sunday, September 8, 10 AM-2 PM
Sunday, September 15, 10 AM-2 PM
Sunday, September 22, 10 AM-2 PM
Sunday, September 29, 10 AM-2 PM

  • The training sessions are on four consecutive Sundays. Lunch is included.
  • All course sessions are in person, with two sessions in DC and two in Baltimore. Exact locations to be confirmed.
  • We are asking participants to commit to attending all four of the live sessions. If you are interested but know of a specific conflict, please let us know and we can discuss.
  • Registration is open until August 30, 2024.

Cost and Additional Logistics

  • The standard registration fee is $150
  • We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participant, so we are offering a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can option as well. No one will be turned away for lack of fundsContact if you have any concerns about the fee.
  • After your enrollment in the course is confirmed, you will receive a separate registration payment link.
  • Throughout the course, JUFJ staff and facilitators will check in with you to discuss your questions and thoughts about the materials.
  • If you have any specific access needs, please let us know in the form below.
  • Program staff and facilitators include:
    • Elianna Cooper, Maryland Community Organizer & Organizing Training Coordinator
    • Sarah Hiller, Program Manager
    • Organizers from JUFJ’s DC, Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Maryland teams