Upper West Side Facilitation Training Intensive for Jewish Communal Leaders and Professionals 


Now Accepting Applications!
Deadline: Friday, August 24th

The Program

Resetting the Table (RTT) invites applications from NYC-based Jewish professionals for our celebrated 6-month training intensive in facilitating courageous conversations across political divides. In today’s polarized environment, communal professionals often find it daunting to address highly charged topics. This program will support Jewish professionals who regularly address Israel and other charged issues in their work and wish to be better equipped to support direct, productive conversations across differences and disagreements. 
We are especially looking for educators, rabbis, nonprofit leaders, and other professionals with regular opportunities to open discussion across differences among those they serve.

Participants will learn Resetting the Table’s celebrated methodology for communicating across disagreement and receive extensive individualized coaching. Upon completion of the program, participants will be eligible to facilitate at RTT dialogue forums in NYC and beyond.

Cost for the training is $500, generously subsidized by the UJA Federation of NY. A limited number of scholarships are available. 
Applications Due August 24th Click Here to Apply
Get training and experience in RTT's unique facilitation model for supporting meaningful conversations on the most charged issues facing the Jewish community.
Click here for more details and answers to frequently asked questions, or send inquiries to info@resettingthetable.org.

Timeline and Important Dates

The facilitation training begins with a weekend retreat and involves a commitment to training sessions roughly every 2-3 weeks from November–March. The training arc is delineated below. Dates for some training components are set, while those marked with an asterisk will be scheduled around participants' schedules: 

  • Fri.-Sun., Nov. 9-11: Opening retreat (at Bailey Farms in Westchester, NYC)
  • Thurs., Nov. 29: Full group evening practice session
  • Sun., Dec. 13: Live practice session
  • Thurs., Jan. 10: All-day training (note the weekday all-day session)
  • Thurs., Feb. 7: Full group evening practice session
  • Feb-March*: Customized consultation for integrating RTT facilitation into participants’ contexts
  • Late Feb., early March*: Video-taped small-group facilitation
  • Thurs., March 14: Closing Forum (live event with volunteers)
  • Thurs., April 4: Full group closing
In addition to the dates above, the training will include 2-3 online practice sessions via videoconference and regular check-ins with RTT staff along the way to assess progress and discuss their experience. 

Testimonials

"I can't believe how much Resetting the Table was able to teach us about how to create an environment in which people feel sufficiently heard and respected, sharing their deeply held views and listening to others. It has greatly enhanced my ability to facilitate authentic, meaningful conversations among people whose views differ greatly."

– Marion Lev Cohen
Director of Community Support and Israel Engagement Initiatives, Central Synagogue

"Simply put, this is the best professional development program I have participated in. The framework is simple, sophisticated, and most importantly, effective…These skills are a must-have for anyone who works in the Jewish community or engages in conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

– Zach Schaffer
Program Associate, Israel Action Network

"Rabbis pride ourselves on our ability to facilitate complex and uncomfortable conversations. It wasn't until we did the workshop with Resetting the Table, however, that we realized how much more there was to master. We learned how to see deeply, how to encourage people to speak their truths."

– Shira Stutman
Senior Rabbi, Sixth and I 

"Training in RTT's facilitation model is of immense use to me in my work teaching and talking about Israel with Jewish Americans of all ages and walks of life. We learned the best practices of facilitating dialogue on sensitive topics. No other organization supports this daunting and sacred work like Resetting the Table does."

– Hillel Gruenberg
Director of Israel Engagement, JTS and HUC-JIR
 

What is Resetting the Table?


Resetting the Table (RTT) is dedicated to building meaningful dialogue and deliberation across political divides. Drawing from facilitation and mediation expertise, Resetting the Table’s unique approach supports participants to move through charged conversations with trained facilitators and carefully structured process, designed to support stakeholders to speak, listen, challenge each other, and make decisions together with honesty, mutual recognition and respect. RTT has provided communication skill-building workshops, multi-narrative educational sessions, and consultation to hundreds of communities and organizations, including 60+ college campuses, 25 Jewish Federations, innovation sector and major organizations across the country.
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