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Resetting the Table - The Town Square

Thursday, November 19, 2020 3 Kislev 5781

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMOnline
Dear WJC community,
As we approach a deeply contentious election I am aware how passionately so many members of our community feel about their political beliefs.  I believe that WJC might be one of the few places where people with differing political opinions can come together and hear each other.  In order to create a safe space to hear each other, Paul Woldar and Cindy Matte have agreed to be co-chairs for a brand new program.  We are bringing in Resetting the Table to lead us in a two part workshop training us to talk about difficult topics together.  After this training we are hosting a virtual town hall in which we will be split into virtual groups to talk about some of the issues we hold most dear.  The details are below.  I have heard from too many people on all ends of the political spectrum that they feel they need to hide who they vote for or what they believe in.  This program is a first step in continuing to make our synagogue a safe place for all Jews.   I hope you’ll consider joining myself, Cindy, and Paul.
Kol Tuv,
Rabbi Fruithandler

Thursday, November 19, 2020

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Register in advance for this meeting: HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Speaking across Conflict Workshop: This workshop offers communication skill-building for charged political conversations and a forum for dialogue across disagreement. Participants will exchange views and personal experiences, surface differences and commonalities, and practice communication skills for addressing differences directly and constructively. The workshop builds community capacity to explore disagreements while strengthening relationships, trust, learning, and collaboration.
Town Square: This Town Square will provide a forum for participants to engage in open conversation on charged issues in facilitated, small group discussion. Led by skilled facilitators from Resetting the Table, a Town Square provides a unique opportunity to engage in honest, direct conversation across differences in backgrounds and views. 
Resetting the Table (RTT) is dedicated to building meaningful dialogue and deliberation across political divides in American Jewish life. Drawing from facilitation and mediation expertise, Resetting the Table’s unique approach supports participants to move through charged conversations with trained facilitators and carefully structured processes, designed to support stakeholders to speak, listen, challenge each other, and make decisions together with honesty, mutual recognition and respect. RTT has provided communication skill-building workshops, multi-narrative educational sessions, intensive facilitation training, and consultation to hundreds of Jewish communities and organizations, including 75+ college campuses, 25 Federations, innovation sector and major Jewish organizations across the country. 
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