Social Justice Organizing Program
The Social Justice Organizing (SJO) program at RRC trains rabbis to be Jewish leaders in bringing about a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling society. It is the first specialized academic track at a Jewish seminary to focus on justice organizing. Through coursework and supervised internships, the program develops rabbis who:
can authentically integrate their passion for justice with Judaism
are grounded in Jewish tradition, text and history
know their personal mission as rabbis
have an understanding of systems of power and money that dominate today's world
have the skills to both participate in and help lead transformative change.
Students are expected to cultivate the qualities of personal reflection, humility, compassion, courage, and connection to the earth and all creation.They acquire skills in finance (e.g., reading budgets, fundraising), nonprofit administration, active listening, social entrepreneurship, community organizing and nonviolent action, and learn how the Jewish community functions.