We are buzzing with excitement to share some thrilling news that’s going to light up our summer and beyond. You might have heard the whispers, but we’re here to officially announce a groundbreaking professional development series brought to you by the Center for Jewish Philanthropy! This series is all about creating an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone, from every walk of life, feels valued and supported.

Why This Matters

One of CJP’s key missions this year is to foster a community where everyone, including those with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, mixed-heritage families, Jews of color, and other marginalized groups, feels a true sense of belonging. We believe that every single person in our community deserves to be seen, heard, and celebrated.

What’s Happening?

We’ve put together a series of professional development sessions called Creating a Space of Belonging.” These sessions are designed to equip our community partners with the tools and knowledge they need to make our community more inclusive and welcoming. The best part? We’re bringing in top-notch experts from both national and local levels to guide us through this journey.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:

Moving from Welcoming to Belonging: Interfaith Family Engagement and Empowerment

Date: June 18, 2024
Time: 10-11:30 AM (via Microsoft Teams)
Presented by: Adam Pollack, Chief Program Officer at 18Doors
Kick off our series with a dynamic workshop focused on interfaith families. Learn about their unique experiences and needs, and discover practical ways to ensure they feel at home in our Jewish community. This session promises to be interactive and enlightening!

LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Belonging

Date: July 17, 2024
Time: 10 AM-12 PM (via Microsoft Teams)
Presented by: Keshet
Dive deep into the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Jewish community and learn how to create a more inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

Creating Belonging for Jews of Color

Date: August 14, 2024
Time: 10-11:30 AM (via Microsoft Teams)
Presented by: Stacey Aviva Flint, Director of JEDI Education and Community Engagement at Jewish Federations of North America
Explore the diverse experiences of Jews of Color and gain insights on how to support and celebrate this vital part of our community.

Best Practices for Including the Disability Community in Programs and Events

Date: September 6, 2024
Time: 10-11:30 AM (via Microsoft Teams)
Presented by: Gesher Disability Resources
Learn actionable strategies to ensure that your programs and events are accessible and welcoming to individuals with disabilities.

Putting Learning into Action: Co-Creating a Space for Belonging

Date: November 5, 2024
Time: 9:30-11 AM (in person at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus)
Facilitated by: Matt Lehrman of Social Prosperity Partners
This final session will be an opportunity for all participants to come together and start putting everything we’ve learned into action. Get ready for some hands-on collaboration!

Join Us!

We are calling on one staff member and one lay leader from each organization to participate in these enriching sessions. Each organization could send different staff members and lay leaders to different sessions to make it work with everyone’s calendars. By joining forces, we can ensure that the impact of our learning extends throughout our entire community. And don’t worry – everyone who participates will be invited to the culminating in-person event in November!

Mark your calendars, register for the first session, and get ready to embark on this transformative journey with us. Let’s make the Greater Phoenix Jewish community a place where everyone truly belongs.

For any questions or to participate, don’t hesitate to reach out to engagement@phoenixcjp.org.

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