“I was already working for an organizing network when I had the opportunity to take the Don’t Kvetch Organize course with JOIN. In DKO I received a much clearer understanding of the theory and practice of organizing than I had had before. It helped me organize many of my impressions and experiences, and confirm my understanding of this very sacred work. The teaching and the educational materials were superb, and of course, it was wonderful working with other learners. I recommend DKO most highly.”Rabbi Amy Eilberg
T’ruah is partnering with JOIN for Justice to launch a cohort of “Don’t Kvetch, Organize” exclusively for our chaverim.
The course will be an opportunity to learn and deepen community organizing skills with your fellow T’ruah clergy. Through applying the specific skills and frameworks taught in the course, past participants have gone on to:
- Strengthen local interfaith partnerships while passing meaningful criminal justice reform
- Ensure 100% of their congregation voted in local elections
- Organize mutual aid networks in response to COVID-19
“Don’t Kvetch, Organize was an amazing opportunity to get to learn with some of the experts in the organizing space… I have found in my rabbinate that principles of community organizing are so versatile and show up in situations I’d never have expected. This course was invaluable to me and I highly recommend it to others.”-Rabbi Lauren Tuchman
Ben Poor (he/him), T’ruah’s Community Organizer, organizes T’ruah’s chaverim to win a better world. Previously, Ben served as the Senior Synagogue Organizer at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Through the Synagogue Organizing Team, 18 synagogues, hundreds of clergy and lay leaders, and thousands of Jewish community members organized to understand their own stories, interests, and values; build partnerships and collective strategies; and take action to bring their values into the world, both in the public square and within their own communities. He has also organized with UNITE HERE Local 11 and J Street U. Ben is an alumni of the JOIN for Justice Organizing Fellowship, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Alex Weissman (he/him), T’ruah’s Rabbinic Organizer, was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2017, where he studied Torah and served a range of communities including POWER, Avodah, and JOIN for Justice, in addition participating in T’ruah’s Rabbinical and Cantorial Summer Fellowship in Human Rights. Prior to rabbinical school, Alex worked in LGBTQ public health, was the first Social Justice Coordinator at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in NYC, and was in the inaugural cohort of JFREJ’s Grace Paley Organizing Fellowship. After rabbinical school, Alex served as the Senior Jewish Educator at Brown RISD Hillel for three years. He serves on the Ethics Committee of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and on the advisory boards of Evolve: Groundbreak Jewish Conversations and the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project. In addition to his time with T’ruah, Alex also serves as the rabbi of Congregation Agudas Achim in Attleboro, MA. Alex lives in Providence, RI with his partner, Adam.
When and how:
The course consists primarily of self-paced videos taught by experienced organizers and movement trainers that participants can watch on their own schedule. There are also four live cohort meetings, led by Rabbi Alex Weissman and Ben Poor, where participants can build relationships with one another, reflect together on what they’re learning, and push their learning even further.
Thursday March 4, 3:00pm – 4:30pm ET
Thursday March 11, 3:00pm – 4:30pm ET
Thursday March 25, 3:00pm – 4:30pm ET
Thursday April 15, 3:00pm – 4:30pm ET
The course costs $175 – $345 on a sliding scale based on income, with discounts for early registration and registering with a friend or colleague. Learn more.