Since 2008, Keshet has offered 12 Training Institutes for Jewish educators, youth professionals, and community leaders. Currently, there are more than 200 Keshet Certified Facilitators who are training and supporting their peers and colleagues in working for LGBT inclusion and equality in Jewish communities around the country.
The next Training Institute is:
A multi-day professional development intensive that prepares educators, program staff, lay leaders, and clergy to lead programs and initiatives addressing diversity broadly, and advancing LGBTQ inclusion specifically, in their own institutions and communities.
Using an experiential train-the-trainer approach, we work with Jewish institutional leaders to assess the most effective strategies for creating change within their institutions. We utilize community organizing strategies to help leaders identify the most strategic and effective avenues for creating communities that are fully inclusive of LGBTQ Jews. At the end of each Training Institute, participants create detailed actions plans for implementation in their own institution.
Following the Institute, each participant or team of participants has access to ongoing support from Keshet as they implement their action plans. Follow-up support includes consultation on organizing strategies, leadership development, overcoming obstacles, and additional resources for inclusion work.
A MUST FOR ANYONE CONCERNED
“What Keshet has created is a must for anyone concerned about making each child feel safe to learn in all of our educational environments. This is not just about LGBT inclusivity – this is reframing the way we look at constructing educational spaces and should be mandatory for every teacher, educator, counselor and youth worker in the Jewish community.”
-Naomi Less, Co-creator, Addressing Evaded Issues in Jewish Education and Founder, Jewish Chicks Rock