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.

http://joi.org/bigtent/?sec=find&page=directoryprofessionalaffiliates 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.

Read Big Tent Judaism's report on the sucess of the Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates program by clicking here.

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:

  • Aspire to reach, on average, an additional 200 less-engaged Jews and unaffiliated intermarried families per year than they otherwise would have, and engage them more deeply in organized Jewish communal programming;
  • Want to better their own engagement programs and best practices, and those of their organizaions or comunities, by learning from others and sharing their own outreach successes and challenges;
  • Are employed by a Jewish communal institution with leadership that buys into the mission of outreach and acknowledges the need to devote time and program resources to engaging those beyond the core of Jewish life (for example, by utilizing outreach methods such as programming in secular venues);
  • Will measure the efficacy of their efforts by utilizing the tools provided in order to collect basic data, track the Jewish journeyes of newcomers found, and report on program impact;
  • Conduct outreach on behalf of one institution, not an entire local/regional/ national community (Big Tent Judaism offers specialized training for community-wide outreach and would be happy to discuss those options if relevant).

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:

  • An online training series in outreach and engagement that provides clear instruction on proven methods, and that offers guidance throughout the planning, implementation, and follow-up of actual programs;
  • Connection to a network of fellow Professional Affiliates equally energized by the mission of outreach, including a small-group cohort that shares a training schedule;
  • Program implementation support including designed materials for outreach programs based on JOI's Public Space Judaism model (Passover in the Matzah Aisle, Color-Me Calendar for the Jewish New Year, Eight Days of Oil: Hanukkah Olive Oil tasting, etc.);
  • Support from a staff of trainers and content developers at Big Tent Judaism, including one-on-one consultations to achieve agreed-upon benchmarks customized to each Professional Affiliate's interests and needs;
  • Specialized resources for outreach marketing, relationship-building, tailored programs for interfaith and other target populations, and more;
  • Opportunities to pilot and incubate brand-new outreach programs;
  • More benefits to come.

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 Katie Singh, Program Associate, at KSingh@JOI.org or 212-760-1440, and let her know of your interest.

 

Who Operates the Big Tent Judaism Professional Affiliates Program?

Big Tent Judaism/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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