Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program, in partnership with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, is designed for Jewish social justice leaders working in Jewish and secular organizations.
Like social change, leadership is about engaging others, sustaining and cultivating communities and movements, inspiring others to give their best, and fulfilling your vision and your organization's mission.
In 2015, after thirteen cohorts with a majority of white Jews, Selah launched its first cohort specifically for Jewish Leaders of Color. We made this decision because while the American Jewish community is multiracial — current estimates are that between 10-20% of the American Jewish community identify as Jews of Color — there continues to be only a few prominent Jewish Leaders of Color in Jewish mainstream organizations.
We're excited that Cohort 16 will continue to be a space that is explicitly for Jewish Leaders of Color. Part of the purpose of this project is to create a safe healing space where Jewish leaders of color can build deep, interdependent relationships with each other to advance and support each other in their leadership inside and outside the Jewish community.
Selah is the first leadership training designed specifically for Jewish leaders working across the social change field. Since its founding in 2004, Selah has trained more than 340 leaders from over 200 organizations.