JEWS TALK JUSTICE
We've built a first-of-its-kind laboratory that trains influencers, artists, leaders, and advocates to stand up for Jews online.
In Jews Talk Justice, our team conducted workshops on social media, messaging, branding, fighting antisemitism through comedy, and pitching to news outlets.
How? In addition to our training sessions, we bring in world-class speakers to help them refine and deepen their messages.
Our participants have been able to have provocative conversations with heavy hitters such as:
- Congressman Ritchie Torres
- “America’s Rabbi” David Wolpe
- James Beard Winning Chef Michael Solomonov
- Member of Israeli Knesset Gilad Kariv
- Palestinian & Israeli parents who've lost children in the conflict
- Jews of Color Expert Ilana Kaufman
- Women of the Wall CEO Lesley Sachs
- Holocaust survivor and bestselling author Lucy Lipiner
- acclaimed food writer Adeena Sussman
- JewBelong mastermind Archie Gottesman
- advertising guru Matthew Waksman
- scholars in race, religion, and indigenity
CLASS OF 2022
Jake Cohen · Maayan Toledano · Joshua Cogan · Mona Molayem · Tony J. Westbrook, Jr. · Aly Silverberg · Dot Lung · Ash M. Seruya · Daniella Rabbani · Lani Mekeel · Karen Cinnamon · Felicity Spector · Sarah Meital Benjamin · Nata Ringe · Laur Plawker · Talia Sutra · Michelle Blashka · Yury Revich · Miriam Y. Cohen · Sabrina Miller · Tyler Samuels
CLASS OF 2021
Moti Ankari · Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll · Matthew Nouriel · Peter Fox · Tova Ricardo · Sefira Lightstone · Noah Shufutinsky (Westside Gravy) · Alma Hernandez · Amy Albertson · Hallel Silverman · Elisheva Rishon · Mahrinah Shije · Logan Levkoff-Cortes · Chaya Lev · Melissa Chapman · Yirmiyahu Danzig
Participants left the lab with countless new skills to advocate for Jews online more effectively — and with a community of other activists with whom to cooperate.
Here’s what some of our alumni, speakers, and guests had to say about the Jews Talk Justice lab:
At the conference, we were allowed to be all of ourselves 100% of the time which is unusual in such a setting. Usually, in these situations, we have to censor ourselves. But this conference was the exact OPPOSITE. We were encouraged to speak up, to not hold back and to embrace all parts of our identities simultaneously. When we spoke, people listened. And when we were done speaking, we were fully heard. It is so unfamiliar that it brought me to tears as I began to fully process all the events that took place. I would like to thank The Tel Aviv Institute for this dynamic and revolutionary event.
Thank you to Hen Mazzig and The Tel Aviv Institute for hosting Jews Talk Justice. Just…WOW. You and your team are simply AMAZING. We truly are ALL one big family.
The last few days I attended the Jews Talk Justice conference, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with Jewish (and non-Jewish) activists and advocates that stand up against antisemitism and are pro-humanity pro-peace. During the last conflict in May, I never felt more alone or afraid of the future. After the last few days, I felt quite the opposite — empowered, inspired, motivated, united, and ready to continue to share my truth. Thank you, Hen Mazzig and Tel Aviv Institute, for bringing us all together, allowing us to connect, and making us feel a little less lonely in a world that can sometimes be dark.
I spent 3 days absorbing so many lessons from an incredible lineup of experts in their fields alongside so many other online activists for Judaism. Not only did I learn so many new things by I also made amazing friends and connections along the way. It was truly a unique experience to have so many peers who understand you and engage thoughtfully.
This experience was so important to me and a turning point in my life & work. You created something so powerful and gave me the strength to go harder, feel supported and knowledge that is power.
As a travel blogger, I’ve been on my solid share of influencer trips, however, none have been as transformative and meaningful as the Tel Aviv Institute Jews Talk Justice trip to Israel. You have awoken a fire inside of me that has been asleep for too long. I love what I do, but I realized the strong Jewish justice aspect is what will help me live my best and most authentic self, as well as give me a greater and more fulfilling purpose. I feel like I’ve gained more value and perspective in these few short days with Tel Aviv Institute than I ever did in a college graduate classroom. And I say this as a college educator.
Fighting the good fight is exhausting and can be hard and lonely. Meeting allies, hearing their stories of being Jewish and standing up for their people is strengthening, uplifting and frankly, sustaining. Thanks, Hen Mazzig and the Tel Aviv Institute for an amazing experience. Meeting Caribbean Jews, Native American Jews, Black Jews, Latina Jews, Yemenite, Mizrachi, LGBTQ Jews, etc AND non-Jewish allies who love their people fiercely and stand against antisemitism is such a gift. I had a profound experience and I’m deeply grateful.
I made wonderful connections, soul deep connections, in the past few days.
I’m so honored to have been a part of this experience. One takeaway I have is knowing that I am not alone; we are not alone. The more united we are, the stronger are our voices. I’m glad I have this space to turn to you all for myself.
Taking a moment at Ben Gurion airport on my way home to London, and reflecting on my Jews Talk Justice trip to Israel with Tel Aviv Institute: I made friends that feel like family, I learned about myself, my religion, my culture, my very being. I opened my mind to what’s possible and I closed it to messiness and what’s unimportant. One of the most bonding, enlightening and humble experiences of my life.
This event was powerful, impactful, educational, and eye-opening.
Thank you so much for a life-altering trip to Israel. I must admit when you originally reached out to me about attending I thought it was some sort of joke. Thank you for creating space for us to share openly AND for giving us the tools to bring more nuance and compassion to many difficult conversations.
I was challenged and inspired by all of the speakers and I’m excited to bring this experience, this learning to my online presence and my community!
It is truly an honor and a privilege to be in community with all of you amazing people!
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