Greater Los Angeles Facilitation Training Intensive for Conversations across Divides 

Now Accepting Applications!
Deadline: Friday, December 21st, 2018

The Program

Resetting the Table (RTT) and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles invite applications for a 7-month training in facilitating courageous conversations across political differences within and across LA’s Jewish communities. Through this program, we are building a team of advanced practitioners to support constructive conversations across differences on Israel and other charged issues.  We are especially looking for educators, mediators, and other professionals with prior facilitation experience or skills
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 dialogue forums in the Los Angeles area.

Cost for the training is $500, generously subsidized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and supported by a Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. A limited number of scholarships are available. 

For more details, see the FAQ or send inquiries to
Applications Due December 21st 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.

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 March–September, with much of the summer unprogrammed.  Dates for some training components are set, while others (marked with an asterisk) will be scheduled around participants' schedules: 

  • Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24: Opening retreat
  • Tuesday, April 11: Full group evening practice session
  • Sunday, May 5: Live practice session
  • Sunday, June 2: All-day training
  • *Month of June:  Salons organized by participants
  • *June - July: Remote coaching
  • *July - mid-August: Video-taped small-group facilitation
  • Tuesday, August 20: Full group evening practice session
  • Thursday, August 29: Mini-Town Square/Closing
  • Tuesday, Sept 12: Full Group Closing
In addition to the dates above, the training will include 2-3 online practice sessions via video-conference and regular check-ins with RTT staff along the way to assess progress and discuss learning goals. 


"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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