Since 2006, JRF has partnered with the Jewish Funds for Justice, the Interfaith Organizing Initiative and other social justice networks in the field of congregation-based community organizing to help promote and develop spiritually activist communities. Many of our clergy and lay leaders have led the way in their communities to start and grow "CBCO" networks, transforming their own congregations in the process. This call is for anyone who is interested or has embarked on this powerful method of social justice organizing in faith community.
To listen to the audio recording of this call, please click here: http://jrf.org/node/2598
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, is the Director of Outreach & Tikkun Olam, and a congregational consultant and resource developer for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. He is a founding member of Shabbat Unplugged and the Davenning Leaders’ Training Institute, and a spiritual director for numerous clergy and communities. He has written and developed resources and delivered workshops in the areas of community building, leadership, prayer, interactive midrash, contemporary views of GOD, prayer and spiritual leadership skills, money and Jewish values, social justice issues, Jewish environmental concerns and Jewish men's issues. He is the author of "Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Community (Alban, 2005).
Rachel Feldman, is the Assistant Director of Organizing at the Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) and a trained community organizer. Before joining JFSJ, Rachel worked as an organizer in Tampa, Florida with an affiliate organization of the DART national network. She helped found the Washtenaw County Workers’ Center in Washtenaw County, Michigan and organized low-wage and immigrant workers to change workplace conditions and local policy.
Rabbi Elliot Tepperman, is the senior rabbi of Bnai Keshet, Montclair, NJ, and one of the first Reconstructionist rabbis and JRF communities to embrace CBCO and take a leading role in the Jewish community locally and nationally in organzing for social justice. Rabbi Elliott Tepperman has been exploring Congregation Based Community Organizing with his congregation since 2004. He is a founding member the IAF affiliated New Jersey Together. He has worked with Jewish Funds for Justice as a trainer teaching CBCO at the RRC, other seminaries and at the Kehillah Kedushah gatherings. As part of his upcoming sabbatical he will be working part-time as an IAF organizer in New Jersey. You can read many of Rabbi Tepperman's writings on the subject of CBCO on the JRF CBCO home page