Members of our Difficult Conversations Team: Rachel Ain, Sanford Antignas, Dr. Dean Bell, Rabbi Sharon Brous, David Cygielman (co-leader), Tehila Eisenstadt, Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum, Maxyne Finkelstein (co-leader), Dyonna Ginsburg, Idana Goldberg, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Marjan Keypour Greenblatt, Sara Hirschhorn, Elias Parker and Michael Weil.
The focus of our Difficult Conversations Team is exploring ways to creating a safe, respectful space for fostering conversations on the most contentious of issues, a platform that will have the potential to bridge gaps, facilitate understanding, and encourage unity through dialogue.
One of the core principles that unites Working Group C is the Jewish tradition of "Tikkun Olam," which translates to "repairing the world." They believe that fostering respectful conversations about the most contentious issues is an essential step in healing the divisions that plague the Jewish people and society at large. Instead of shying away from these topics, the members of this working group embrace them as opportunities for growth and transformation.
Among the keys to success for this effort will be developing initiatives, strategies and recommendations for creating a forum that: (a) allows individuals from all walks of life and with varying opinions to come together to discuss even the most challenging and divisive issues; (b) builds bridges and fosters empathy among those who may hold opposing views; (c) increases knowledge and understanding of the complex issues they choose to discuss; and (d) encourages people to actively pursue projects and initiatives that address the root causes of the issues they explore so as to effect positive change.
Our Difficult Conversations Team stands as a beacon of hope in a world often divided by strife and discord. By embracing their mission rooted in "Tikkun Olam," they strive to mend the fabric of the Jewish world, transcending boundaries, and inspiring unity through respectful dialogue and constructive action.