Welcoming vs. Belonging

October 11, 2023

What does it mean to be welcoming vs. creating true sensations of belonging? Join together as we explore best practices, the importance of vulnerability through this work, and ways to support one another as we make tangible change towards belonging.


Eliana Rubin

Eliana Rubin
Eliana Rubin (she/they) is a proud employee of The Jewish Education Project, serving as their Education Manager, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Belonging. She is a graduate of HUC-JIR, where she received her Master of Educational Leadership. They also received their BFA in Drama from NYU / Tisch. Eliana has worked with synagogues and organizations across the United States, presented at conferences including the ARJE and ECE-RJ; participated in the URJ’s Jew V’Nation LGBTQ+ Cohort and the Klal YisraelFellowship; and was greatly honored as a recipient of the Women of Reform Judaism’s Women Empowerment Award. Additionally, she has taught in multiple religious schools from grades K-7. Eliana intertwines her artistic and Jewish passions through her creation of Jewsicals (Jewish musicals), short musical numbers centered around Judaic texts.






Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI+B) Webinar Series

In order for our Jewish educational spaces to thrive, we must ensure that people of all identities, both marginalized and dominant, feel true sensations of belonging. Join together as we learn more about the difference between welcoming vs. belonging, as well as five marginalized groups within the larger Jewish population.



  • Educator Training
  • Congregational Learning