Any questions about the Selah Leadership Program can be directed to Graie Haggans, Vision Praxis Director, at [email protected].
Selah in 2022 & 2023
In 2014, Bend the Arc made the decision to dedicate four Selah cohorts to Jewish People of Color (JPOC) to invest deeply in the leadership of Jews of Color.
The final JPOC Cohort ended in February 2022, and we are taking the remainder of 2022 to evaluate if the four JPOC cohorts achieved their goals. The evaluation process will be conducted by Tiyuv, a Jewish women of color-led evaluation consulting firm.
Selah will also be hosting an alumni gathering in May 2023 for alumni from our 17 Selah cohorts.
In 2002, Rockwood Leadership Institute partnered with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice to co-create Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program — the first leadership training program designed specifically for Jewish leaders working across the social change field. Selah draws on the core elements of Rockwood’s transformative leadership development curriculum and infuses the program with Jewish practice and wisdom to support leaders’ ability to work effectively, sustainably, and collaboratively for social change within and beyond the Jewish community. Rockwood has provided both content and training expertise to Selah from its inception, and continues to influence Selah’s evolution and impact.
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.
Through four Selah Cohorts for Jewish Leaders of Color, participants have built deep, interdependent relationships to advance and support each other in their leadership inside and outside the Jewish community.
Since its founding in 2002, Selah has trained more than 400 leaders from over 200 organizations.