Bay Area JOC+ Professional Network, Project Shamash
Welcome to the Bay Area Jews of Color+ Professional Network, a community program of Project Shamash. Our community is open to Jewish individuals who work as staff or serve as board members within Jewish communal organizations. Our network seeks to engage folks who have been marginalized by whiteness either racially or culturally, and strongly and fabulously root themselves in diverse identities including Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian, Sephardi, Mizrachi, Middle Eastern, and more.
We meet to learn and build on our strengths. We meet to counter the isolation we often feel as the "only one" in the places where we work, and to heal through belonging and feeling more fully seen. We meet to celebrate and connect in ways that are fun and joyful for us. We meet to take a break from navigating whiteness in order to find our power on our own terms, while being aware of our unique experiences and proximity to privilege. The content of our meetings varies: some meetings will be social, while others will include guest JOC mentors and leaders across the field. We will also offer cutting-edge leadership workshops specific to holding JOC+ identity and power in the places where we work and lead.
We hope that members of our network can experience, and also help us create, a sense of wholeness. This is a participatory group, and we are excited for how you will choose to engage and how you'll shape our group experience.
We are an open network and encourage folks to join on a rolling basis, but expect that folks who join can commit to our year-long program. Please fill out the form below to apply for our 2021 program, and tell us a bit about yourself so we can attune our programming to meet your interests and hopes.
2021 Meeting Dates:
- Wednesday, Feb 24th at 10:00-11:15am
- Wednesday, April 28th at 10:00-12pm (workshop TBD)
- Wednesday, May 26th at 10:00-11:15am
- Wednesday, June 30th at 10:00-11:15am
- Wednesday, August 25th at 10:00-12pm (workshop TBD)
- Wednesday, October 27th at 10:00-11:15am
- Wednesday, November 24th at 10:00-11:15am
- December 16-19, JOCPN Retreat (location TBD)
Location: virtual, until in-person meetings are deemed possible.
Contact info: E-mail address
Contact info: Phone number
Organization(s) where you work
Position and role
How many years have you worked as a professional in the Jewish community?
Less than 2 years
What has your overall experience been working in a Jewish institution or organization? (include as many work settings as you'd like)
What identities most strongly define you?
What communities anchor you?
Please rate how connected you feel to Jewish community in the Bay Area (whether that's an organization/synagogue or an informal group of people) 1 = barely connected, 5 = very connected.
What aspects of this network most attract you? (Check all that apply)
Meeting and connecting with other JOC+ folks informally
Learning skills relating to leadership and community
Exploring Jewish learning and cultural traditions
Developing relationships with seasoned JOC+ professionals and mentors
Having a supportive space to process and heal from struggles at work related to navigating whiteness, racism, and other forms of marginalization
Is there anything about your experience being a JOC professional in a Jewish organization that you'd like us to know about as we craft our programming, especially around community, support and training?
What might you offer to our community space? We know you've got your own personal superpowers! What do you see yourself leading? Games, storytelling, connecting through singing, learning on a particular skill or teaching you find meaningful? What knowledge can you share? Are you adept at public speaking, social media, pitching ideas, building partnerships, or working with boards? Don't be shy.
What else are you hoping to gain by joining a JOC+ professionals network?
What else would you like us to know about you?
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