For those participating in the 4-part series (Using Our Moral Voices to Address Oppression Inside & Outside of Our Jewish Communities):
We will be meeting in four 90-minute training sessions, which will enable clergy to acknowledge their positional power and use their moral voices to address oppression inside and outside of our Jewish communities.
For those interested in participating in the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Clergy Cohort:
Cohort members will also meet for the four 90-minute sessions mentioned above, and an additional 3 one-hour sessions. For the 3 additional sessions, Cohort members will be placed into a small group of clergy with whom they will meet to process and reflect on learnings, work through challenges within their own communities, etc. Cohort discussions will include an experienced facilitator to help guide discussions, provide prompts, and productive agitation. The cohort facilitator will schedule cohort meetings independently with each cohort group. Limited space available, register now!
The Union for Reform Judaism follows the Central Conference of American Rabbis' and American Conference of Cantors' standards in determining usage of the titles rabbi and/or cantor in the context of our Movement-wide conferences, programs, publications, and social media platforms. Please see this webpage to determine your eligibility.
Each session of the 4-part series (Using Our Moral Voices to Address Oppression Inside & Outside of Our Jewish Communities) builds upon the last, so it important that those who commit to participating in the program attend all 4 sessions.
For those interested in the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Clergy Cohort, in addition to attending all four required sessions of the4-part series, your cohort facilitators will work with you/your fellow cohort members, to determine the best dates/times for the three additional sessions that your cohort will meet. You can check out the timeline of the series under the question above, titled “What is the time commitment/timeline for the 4-part series (Using Our Moral Voices to Address Oppression Inside & Outside of Our Jewish Communities) and the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Clergy Cohort.
Interested in participating, but cannot attend the spring series? The 4-part series (Using Our Moral Voices to Address Oppression Inside & Outside of Our Jewish Communities) will be offered again after the 2022 High Holidays. Information about the fall series will be made available this summer. If you would like information on participating in the fall series, please complete this short form.
A note to our esteemed Clergy of Color: the URJ hosts regular JOC/POC affinity spaces. These spaces serve as safe and brave communities for JOCs to come together and be restored, enriched, and affirmed. Please see future opportunities.
We recognize that the Rabbi Balfour Brickner Fellowship is an ever-evolving program and may differ in structure from the previous years (and in future years). We strive to continuously meet the changing needs of our clergy and our community through practical and relevant programming.
As we begin to receive registrations for the Brickner cohorts, we will work to create cohort groups that will be meaningful to you. We will do our best to take into consideration your position, geographical location, the congregation/community that you work in, as well as any additional information that you provide to us in your registration. Our goal is to make these small cohorts a space where you can build relationships with fellow clergy and dig deep and grapple with the content in an intentional and worthwhile way.
Although this series will overlap with content from REDI 101 and the Whiteness Series, the content of this iteration will be specific to a white clergy audience, so we invite you to attend again, as often times we pick-up new and useful information that may not have been noticed and/or included in the previous trainings.