Educator Cohort 


The Respect & Responsibility Educator Cohort will provide an eight-month opportunity (November 2022 – June 2023) to grapple with Jewish texts, allowing organizations to think about their responsibilities and inspire them to live their values.

The completely virtual Educator Cohort will receive training and materials from our Jewish tradition on sexual harassment and other abuses of power in order to establish readiness for creating cultures of safety and respect.

This opportunity is open to anyone who is facilitating programs or educational learning within a Jewish community based in the United States – including educators, rabbis, and cantors.


The Educator Cohort includes:


Three-Part Training Series

Participants will learn to facilitate communal conversations  about issues of abuse, harassment, and other maltreatment within the framework of Jewish tradition. Dr. Shira Berkovits will facilitate a training for cohort members to gain an understanding of institutional abuse in the Jewish community, including both how institutions are getting it wrong and how they can get it right, and why a readiness phase is important for creating culture change. Judy Klitsner, senior educator at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Mira Wasserman, Director of the Center for Jewish Ethics and assistant professor of rabbinic literature at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will model teaching content from the Study Guide. 

Dates: November 2, 1-2:30 pm ET; November 17, 10 am ET; December 2, 11 am-12:30 pm ET


Community of Practice 

Beyond the training series, as you prepare and lead discussions in your community, the cohort will gather three additional times workshopping, sharing challenges, and celebrating successes. 

Dates: TBD 


As a participant, you will:

  • Explore ideas to build readiness at your organization for future cultural change work around harassment, sexual abuse, and other institutional abuses of power in your organization. 
  • Engage with peers who are also working with the study guide materials. 
  • Learn to facilitate discussions based on Jewish texts and traditions that support us to align our organizational values as we cultivate safer and more respectful organizations. 
  • Facilitate at least three text-based learning sessions in your community using materials from the Study Guide or inspired by your cohort learning.
  • Receive a stipend of $500 towards hosting at least three conversations in your community. 


Applications are currently closed – our first Cohort is in progress! To express interest in a future Cohort, email: