With funding from UJA Federation, T’ruah is launching Synagogue Teams for Equity and Partnerships, or STEP, in the spring of 2021.

STEP brings together New York-area synagogues who want to build new relationships or deepen existing ones with non-Jewish communities of color.

How it works:

Participating congregations will recruit a leadership team of 4-6 people and will join T’ruah for four training sessions, one a month in March through June, that will focus on the tools of coalition-building. This curriculum is designed to help us all get past the niceties of superficial contacts, overcome the expected difficulties, and reach a place where our communities can handle hard conversations without turning away.

In addition, each participating congregation will receive two coaching sessions from our facilitators, Alexandra Corwin and Tani Prell. Alexandra is Director of Leadership at Teach for America and serves on the board of Mishkan Chicago. Tani is Chicago Director of 18Doors, formerly Interfaith Family, and sits on the national board of trustees for the URJ. Both are former JewV’Nation Fellows.

Is this the next STEP on your congregation’s journey?

Email Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson. The absolute last day to register your community’s leadership team is Friday, March 12, and the first workshop is the evening of March 17.