The Balfour Brickner Clergy Fellowship is designed to help Rabbis and Cantors bring social justice closer to the center of congregational life. Fellows will gain foundational learning and skills to become effective social justice leaders. Brickner fellows will participate in the Using Our Moral Voices to Address Oppression Both Inside & Outside of Our Jewish Communities program, which includes a 4-part series on whiteness and oppression and an antiracism and social justice speaker series. In addition, Brickner fellows will engage in dialogue and learning through facilitated cohorts. These small groups will reflect and engage in peer-to-peer learning to support the progress of their social justice work and objectives.
As part of this fellowship, participants will:
- Gain skills to bring social justice closer to the center of congregational life
- Connect with a community of rabbis and cantors to workshop challenges and celebrate successes of social justice work
- Engage in Religious Action Center initiatives to advance the work of the Reform Movement at the federal, state, provincial, and local level
- Root social justice work in Jewish text and tradition
The Fellowship includes:
- Foundational 4-part series on whiteness and oppression
- Speaker series on strengthening antiracism and social justice work in our communities
- Guidance through cohort-based support to transform learning into action
- Participate in the Using Our Moral Voices to Address Oppression Both Inside & Outside of Our Jewish Communities program, which includes the foundational 4-part series on whiteness and oppression and antiracism and social justice speaker series
- Commit to monthly virtual cohort meetings
- Commit to taking regular action to transform their learning into action
The program is open to members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, American Conference of Cantors, Cantors Assembly, Rabbinical Assembly, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, International Rabbinic Fellowship, or Rabbinical Council of America.