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Resetting the Table: A Workshop for Teen Educators on Dialogue Across Difference

Facilitator: Rabbi Melissa Weintraub
September 8, 9 AM to 1 PM @ the Jewish Community Federation, San Francisco

Resetting the Table's celebrated workshop provides Jewish educators with tools to build a culture of productive dialogue on Israel and other charged political issues in their classrooms, institutions and networks. Participants will exchange views and experiences, practice communication skills for addressing disagreement, and learn best practices and success stories from other communities.

The methodology will be practice-based and experiential, walking through road-tested exercises participants can replicate in their own institutions. Resetting the Table is an organization dedicated to building meaningful dialogue and deliberation on Israel across divides in American Jewish life. Resetting the Table’s approach has helped defuse tension and foster productive communication across divides among 13,000 Jews in hundreds of synagogues, Hillels, JCRCs, and other communal organizations across the country. 

Learning objectives:
• Train participants in tools for communication across differences
• Build dialogue across differences, mutual recognition, and learning among attendees with one another
• Teach leaders programs and exercises they can replicate in their own networks

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Co-Founding Director. Directing Resetting the Table’s national programs, Melissa is a noted educator who trains leaders and builds programs at the intersections of Israel, Jewish thought and conflict resolution. Melissa was the founding director of Encounter, an organization dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be agents of change in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Melissa built Encounter from the ground up to an internationally recognized organization, selected by Slingshot as one of fourteen standard-bearing organizations for innovation and impact. She was awarded the Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, which honors demonstrated leadership and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program, Melissa has lectured and taught in hundreds of Jewish communal institutions, universities, and forums on four continents and served as a faculty member for Wexner and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude.