Speaking Across Differences: A Training Series Facilitated by Resetting the Table

May 3, 2022 at 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Online Web Meeting
Resetting the Table

Drawing on conflict resolution and mediation frameworks, Resetting the Table's facilitation training teaches interventions that support parties to sustain receptivity while investigating their differences directly. This training will focus on equipping Directors of Education with core skills to create conversations of meaning, stability, clarity and insight even while "going toward the heat" of charged differences. We will focus on issues participating educators are encountering in their work, including Israel and current American political divides relevant to their learners.


  • Provide educators with tools and skills to facilitate conversations across differences of charged issues in Jewish life 

  • Support educators to model important conversations across differences with each other 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn and practice three facilitation skills for achieving collaborative conversations across differences (Following Meaning, Demonstrating Understanding, Naming Differences) 

  • Participants will learn and practice an approach to troubleshooting challenging group dynamics 

  • Participants will build capacity to use these skills in the course of structured and free flowing conversation to support participants to achieve receptivity while addressing their differences directly 


About Resetting the Table 

Resetting the Table (RTT) is dedicated to strengthening democracy by building collaborative deliberation across political siloes in American life. We equip community leaders with tools and skills to transform political fault-lines within and across their communities.  

RTT has developed one of the most celebrated frameworks for transformative communication across political divides in the country.  Forged in the minefield surrounding disagreements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, RTT has designed a large and growing toolkit of processes, including communication skill-building workshops, facilitated community dialogues, multi-perspective educational resources, and decision-making forums. To date, RTT programs have directly reached more than 35,000 participants, many of them directors of national and regional community organizations, journalists, clergy, educators, and campus professionals positioned to reach tens of thousands more. With decades of combined expertise in mediation and facilitation, RTT has opened unprecedented communication among divergent, influential leaders – many entering the room alienated and mutually dismissive – never imagining they would be in a room together, let alone walking away with new insight, shared purpose, and even changed minds. 


This program is limited to 24 participants and will first be open to NY-area Directors of Education who work in part-time Jewish educational settings (congregations, after-school models, and beyond) 


There is a program fee of $118 for NY-area participants 

Dates of Series: 

Session #1: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET 
Session #2: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET 
Session #3: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET 
Session #4: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. ET 


**Note: Participants must be able to attend all sessions in this series as knowledge will build upon itself.  

For more information, please reach out to Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith at jgoldsmith@jewishedproject.org.


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