Jewish Energy Network – Community Organizing Training
with JOIN for Justice
March 13-14 – Washington, DC
Gain the skills you need to take action.
Creating systemic change can be challenging. But there are tools that can help! Gain skills to take action in your community. In support of the Jewish Energy Covenant Campaign and the Jewish Energy Network, COEJL is convening a two-day community organizing training, in partnership with JOIN for Justice, in Washington DC on March 13 and 14. This training will provide you with community organizing skills to take action on climate change and energy dependence at your synagogue or Jewish organization. Join us in Washington, DC, on March 13 and 14.
What: Community organizing training for energy advocacy and action
Participants will initiate an energy advocacy or reduction initiative at their synagogue or Jewish organization. COEJL will provide mentorship to help participants reach their goals. Read a sample list of initiatives.
Two-Day Training Dates: March 13-14, 2013
Wednesday, March 13:10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Thursday, March 14: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Follow up webinars and programming will be offered throughout the year.
Where: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
2027 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20036
Cost: $72 registration fee
Price includes kosher lunch and light breakfast. Dinner is not included. Travel stipends are available! The deadline to apply for a travel stipend has been extended. Stipend recipients will be expected to participate in an interview and fill out a survey after the training about their experience, and bring information from the training back to their community. This training is a project of the Jewish Energy Network, which is mobilizing passionate Jewish individuals to help their communities reduce energy use and increase energy advocacy within the Jewish community.
Overview of Training Themes
Introduction to Organizing
- What is grassroots organizing?
- What do organizing campaigns looks like, and what are the key pieces of it?
- Why is organizing useful in the context of Jewish community, and how has it been effective in winning environmental campaigns?
Building a Powerful Team
- How do we identify, recruit, and develop leaders?
- How do we get buy-in from the wider community around key issues?
- How can we run meetings and events such that over time, participants become more energized, invested, and capable to lead?
Building a Winning Campaign
- What do organizing campaigns look like? How can we use planning to create effective goals, strategy, and tactics?
- How do we pick a strategic issue that is winnable, challenging, and will get people excited to take on more in the future?
- What are key tools for winning campaigns? How do we conduct 1:1 meetings, house meetings, strategic messaging, and creative events, and how can we use these tools to meet our goals?
What is community organizing?
Community organizing is a social change model that builds change from the bottom up. By connecting people to each other and identifying shared values and concerns, community organizing builds deep relationships and helps people to act together to transform their communities for the better. As people who care about environmental and social change, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the size of the problems and the dearth of people who seem to care enough to take the lead. By connecting people to each other and to issues they are passionate about, organizing harnesses the power of the community to influence key decision makers and get more done than a small group of committed activists could alone. Community organizing also deepens community relationships and develops leaders, so that when one project is done, the community is more able to tackle the next challenge.