The Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Seminar and Fellowship Program is designed exclusively to help rabbis with their social action and social justice work. This seminar is designed to provide the foundation and skills to make rabbis more effective social justice advocates using some of the same texts that motivated and inspired Rabbi Balfour Brickner.
A joint program of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), and CLAL (the National Jewish Center for Leadership and Learning)
5-day retreat at the Pearlstone retreat center just outside of Baltimore, February 9-13, 2014
One year of distance learning phone calls, webinars, etc.
Participate in a special track at the 2015 Consultation on Conscience
Multiple opportunities for text study as well as training in the practical aspects of social advocacy (how to make effective community alliances, how to work with the press, framing sermons on diffucult topics, and more).
Expand social justice initiatives beyond the domain of a small group of individuals and popular "Mitzvah Day" programs
Rabbis are the first, most visible, and sometimes only, Jewish communal leaders the media and inter-religious groups turn in times of crisis and upheaval. The fellowships helps sharpen this presence and work.
Learn from experts and leaders in the field such as Dr. Mark Washofsky, Rabbi Bradley Shavit-Artson, Rabbi Lewis Barth, Rabbi David Saperstein, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, and, CLAL's Rabbi Irwin Kula and Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard; as well as learning from one another.
The program is open to members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, or the Rabbinical Council of America.
The program is free and includes hotel accommodations, local transportation, all meals, speaker fees and program materials. Participants are only responsible for their own travel costs.