2014-2015 Convener Application


We are seeking eight leaders who are social multipliers within one or more of New York’s Jewish communities. Conveners will be selected based primarily on desire and capacity to bring together one or more constituency of young Jews into dialogue and deliberation in ways that bring to life Resetting the Table’s principles and strategies.

  • Personal commitment: Conveners must be ready, willing, and able to participate in open, direct, and inclusive conversations and ultimately to collaborate closely with the other Conveners and Fellows who are likely to have different backgrounds, views, experiences, and assumptions than they do. This does not mean that you will be asked to check your own commitments and passions at the door! Rather, it means that you must have the desire and disposition to engage across differences in the spirit of our project.
  • Time commitment: Conveners must participate in a 2 day retreat on Oct 31-Nov1, followed by a series of small-group meetings and one-on-one coaching sessions with Initiative staff as they prepare for their events in the Winter and Spring of 2015.
  • Cost: Participation will cost $500, though there are significant scholarships available. Do not let cost be an obstacle to applying.

In exchange for these commitments, Conveners receive an extensive introduction to Resetting the Table’s conflict transformation framework, ongoing consultation to develop appropriate processes tailor-made for their constituencies, usage of our roster of facilitators for their events, and up to a $1000 budget. The Convener fellowship will be equivalent to an extended professional development program in conflict resolution and community engagement process design.

Important Dates:

  • Sept 1- October 3: Accepting and Reviewing Rolling Applications
  • October 3: Final Applications Due
  • October 8: Candidates Notified
  • October 31- November 1: Orientation/Training retreat at the Watershed Retreat Center
  • November-February: 1-3 consultations with Resetting the Table staff to develop core outline for customized process for Convener constituencies
  • February-May: Planning, preparation and implementation (some projects may need to be later depending on the scheduling needs of Conveners and/or their constituencies)
  • May 28, 2014: Closing Session for Resetting the Table’s 2014-15 Convener and Facilitation Fellowship cohorts.

To be considered for the 2014-2015 cohort of Conveners, please send the following information to resettingthetable@gmail.com:

  1.      Contact Information and Resume/CV
  2.      Roles you play/have played in the New York Area Jewish community.
  3.      Answers to the following three questions (please limit each answer to 300 words or less):
    • Please describe the community/ies or population(s) that you wish to bring into conversation on Israel. Why do you think they are a rich site for a Resetting the Table project? What kind of engagement do you believe they desire?
    • What is your relationship to the community/ies or population(s) that you wish to bring into conversation on Israel? What will it take to bring this target group into dialogue, deliberation, and conversation on Israel?
    • Take a moment to imagine a process that you believe would provide the most useful, enjoyable, and/or productive conversation or reflections on Israel for your target population(s). What does it look like?