CONNECT Cohort on Anti-Semitism, Israel, and Navigating the Social Justice Arena
Kick-off Meet-and-Greet: December 2017
Monthly dialogue sessions: January-June 2018
Based in Washington DC
www.minyanofthinkers.com
About
CONNECT, which grew out of The Minyan of Thinkers dialogue initiative, creates intellectually safe spaces to discuss contentious issues with other thoughtful, reflective young people. This is a place for deep thinkers who want to find their voice in a sea of polarizing voices. We build cohorts of 10-15 people from a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, faith, and non-faith backgrounds to participate. Some cohorts are intra-religious, or intra-ethnic, while others are discussions across groups. In all cohorts, we seek diversity of thought, perspective, and experience.

Cohorts meet monthly for 2 hours for 6 sessions. In advance of our meetings we read scholarly articles or book chapters that serve to ground our discussions in evidence, including historical and demographic data. In addition, we develop a final product in the form of written reflection pieces based on our discussions.

Details on this cohort
The CONNECT collective convenes a cohort of young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s to participate in entirely lay-led conversations about contentious social issues facing the Jewish community and beyond. This year’s cohort will explore the intersection between anti-Semitism and progressive communities in America. While Jews have often been on the front-line of social justice movements, it has become increasingly difficult to publically embrace one’s Jewish identity, or to mention Israel, in many activist circles.

In response, this year’s CONNECT collective will explore the past and present of Jewish activism, race, and anti-Semitism in the United States, as well as how ambivalent many “social justice Jews” feel about their relationship with modern Israel. This collective provides an open and supportive space for participants to discuss how to navigate individual identity in social justice spaces during a time of increasing anti-Semitism and racism. CONNECT is seeking applicants in their 20s and 30s for this new cohort that will begin this winter.
ELIGIBILITY
• You are committed to dialogue as a path to opening up an intellectually open and honest conversation about challenging issues.
• You can commit to attending six sessions; reading pre-assigned texts prior to each session; and writing a reflection piece that can be shared publicly about anything we have touched on in any of our sessions.
First and last name
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Age
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Gender or non-gender identity/ what pronouns you prefer
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Racial and/or ethnic identity
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Faith or non-faith identity
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Current city and state
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Current professional title and organization
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Email address
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Best number to reach you
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What are the most critical questions or issues related to anti-Semitism, Israel, and navigating social justice spaces that you wish you had a safe space to ponder with others?
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What attracts you to this sustained learning community?
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What “gifts” do you bring to contribute to the success of the community and its goal of furthering conversations in intellectually open and honest ways?
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If you were to be a part of the group, what do you see yourself doing afterwards to affect positive change in your community?
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Thank you for your responses! You will now be considered for the next CONNECT cohort, and we will be in touch with you.
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