A core function of the Roundtable is to convene our organizations and help them learn from each other and from experts in the field. We organize regular in person trainings on topics of interest.
2017 brought 5 racial justice trainings: one on the West Coast, DC, Boston, and Detroit and at our Network Assembly with 170 people from across the Roundtable.
We hosted three West Coast trainings in January 2017- one on Fundraising, led by Ruth Messinger, "Mentor-in-Chief" with the Roundtable, and Stephanie Rapp, Program Officer at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Yavilah McCoy led a day-long Racial Justice Workshop. We also worked with UpStart to create a "Pitch Perfect" workshop series to build the capacity of our organizations to raise visibility and money.
In summer 2016, Joan Garry trained executive directors and board leaders in how to build a strong Board of Directors. In spring 2016, the Roundtable convened Jewish social justice organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area for a day of learning, networking and skills-building.
In 2015, we hosted a Fundraising Training, in which over 60 fundraising professionals gathered to learn new skills and perspectives from Ruth Messinger with American Jewish World Service and Idit Klein with Keshet, as well as from each other.
In 2014, the Roundtable trained staff at our affiliated organizations on:
Internal Organizational Structures led by Elizabeth Hampton Brown at the Management Center and Aliza Mazor from Bikkurim. It was geared for staff who manage others and focused on how to delegate work, how to set organizational goals and approaches for setting organizational culture; and
Grassroots Organizing 202 led by Meir Lakein from JOIN for Justice. This track was aimed toward experienced organizers - people with at least four years of experience and who have received some sort of formal training.
The Roundtable also works to build capacity of our organizations by:
organizing peer coaching initiatives to provide staff the opportunity to coach and be coached by a peer who works at a different organization yet faces similar professional challenges
organizing network-wide webinars or conference calls on topics of interest