Tools for Fostering Dialogue in Your Community
Participatory Workshop—Suitable for Conferences, Leadership Institutes, Rabbinical Schools, and Other Settings (1 to 3 Hours)
What are the best ways to foster constructive dialogue within Jewish communities about the Israeli-Palestinian and other difficult issues? How can we help members of our communities who have divergent perspectives to talk with each other in ways that promote respect and mutual understanding? How can we create a supportive environment in which community members who are ambivalent or confused are able to fully explore their questions?
This workshop introduces participants to concepts, methods, and materials that they can use to foster healthy conversations about the most challenging issues in their synagogues, schools, organizations, or communities. It includes participatory exercises, presentations, and discussion.
Versions of this workshop have been offered at the Central Conference of American Rabbis' national conference, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation's biennial conference, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, the National Havurah Committee Summer Institute, the National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation, and the Association for Conflict Resolution's annual conference. Some sessions have been conducted jointly with leaders from Project Reconnections and the Public Conversations Project.