Become a Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliate!
What is the Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates Program?
The Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates Program is a training series and collaborative network for Jewish communal professionals who want to "expand the tent" of the organized Jewish community by reaching and serving less-engaged Jews including unaffiliated intermarried families.
The program fosters leadership and collaboration on advocacy efforts to promote greater inclusion; provides free, exclusive education on engagement and outreach; and offers one-on-one coaching, peer support, project implementation guidance, and much more. The goal of the program is for each Ambassador to engage and influence annually, on average, 25 local Jewish communal "change-makers" who can help widen the tent.
Who Should Apply to Become a Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates?
Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates are Jewish communal professionals who, motivated by a belief in the meaning and value of participation in organized Jewish life:
Why Become a Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliate?
At any given time, the majority of Jewish households are not engaging in organized Jewish communal life. We want to increase participation in the community because there is value to individuals when we help them find meaning in tradition, comfort in community, and wisdom through Jewish education. The Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates Program is the premier outreach training and support network for Jewish communal professionals who recognize the importance of sharing the meaning, value, and joy of participation in Jewish life with less-engaged Jews and unaffiliated intermarried families.
By entering the Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates Program, communal professionals dedicated to reaching more Jewish households will benefit from:
How Do You Become a Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliate?
We welcome Jewish communal professionals who aspire to participate in the Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates Program as described above. To receive an invitation to participate, and for more information, please contact Eva Stern, JOI's Senior Director of Training, at EStern@JOI.org or 212-760-1440, and let her know of your interest.
Who Operates the Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates Program?
The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) has been a pioneer in outreach training for Jewish communal professionals and volunteer lay leaders since 1987, particularly on the opportunities for engaging intermarried households in Jewish life. JOI is a national independent organization that works across institutional and denominational lines to create new access points to Jewish life, and to promote inclusivity with a sensitivity to each organization's and movement's core ideology.
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