Interfaith Inclusion Leadership Initiative

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Ready to move from passive to active welcoming?

Want to embrace and fully support interfaith couples and families?

The Interfaith Inclusion Leadership Initiative (IILI) is a year-long program designed to help Jewish institutions and organizations to more fully embrace interfaith couples and families and expand their supportive policies and practices.

Participation in this initiative is a chance for you and a team of other leaders in your organization to dig in, think about the change that you’d like to see, create a strategic plan and, with InterfaithFamily’s help, make it happen. Cohort Two launched in May 2018. Cohort Three will begin in fall 2019 and applications are open now.

Who is IILI for?

IILI is ideal for organizations who have already participated in an InterfaithFamily, Jewish Outreach Initiative, Big Tent Judaism or related training or professional development program. We consider this initiative to be a focused, intensive, long-term opportunity for organizational growth related to inclusivity of interfaith families. IILI is most suited for institutions that have already begun thinking about creating comfortable spaces for interfaith couples and families through their policies and practices and want more guidance and resources to move forward.

If you are a funder or organizational convener and you would like to explore creating a cohort of IILI for your community, please contact Mike Navisky at miken@interfaithfamily.com.

If you are not able to commit to IILI for a year, but are still interested in professional development opportunities to become more inclusive of interfaith families, please contact InterfaithFamily’s Director of Professional Development, Caroline Kamesar at carolinek@interfaithfamily.com or Chief Program Officer, Stacie Garnett-Cook at stacieg@interfaithfamily.com.

What guidance and resources will my organization receive as an IILI participant?

If accepted into the program, over the course of a year, your organization will receive guidance from InterfaithFamily to make sustainable changes to become more inclusive of interfaith families.

The IILI Self-Assessment Tool and curriculum will help your institution or organization review their current policies, programs, and community culture as they apply to the inclusion of interfaith families. You will then develop an individualized year-long Strategic Plan for Interfaith Inclusion and receive professional development, topical webinars, and follow-up coaching sessions to support you in meeting your goals.

Once an organization has submitted an application and been accepted into IILI, leaders from that organization will join a cohort of leaders from around the country and participate in an engaging, in person launch event.

Each participating organization will receive:

    • Membership in a national cohort of eight to twelve institutions and organizations
    • In-person training at IILI’s Launch event
    • Virtual, monthly coaching sessions with IILI’s Director who will support them in their goal development and implementation and act as a connector between the organization and InterfaithFamily.
    • Access to monthly content intended to offer cultural context, best practices, and practical tools. The IILI curriculum will focus on topics like the fundamentals of interfaith inclusion, preparing teachers for classroom interfaith inclusion, developing and executing inclusive school and ritual policies, effective and sensitive communication with interfaith couples and parents, and more.
    • A completed Strategic Plan for Interfaith Inclusion by the end of the program

What is the time commitment involved with participating in IILI?

IILI is designed as a year-long program. The program is almost entirely virtual with the exception of an in person launch event.

Additionally, each organization will schedule monthly coaching sessions to apply curriculum content to their organizational work on their Strategic Plan for Interfaith Inclusion.

Although IILI offers a significant amount of support and guidance, a portion of IILI’s work is intended to happen internally. Organizations who complete substantial “in house” reflection and discussion under the guidance of InterfaithFamily will likely achieve the most desirable outcomes over the year and beyond.

What will my organization be asked to do as a participant in IILI?

Each participating institution or organization will commit to:

    • At least two to four team members, comprised of clergy, staff and/or lay leaders to participate in the year-long IILI training program and spearhead efforts in their own organization.
    • Completing an Institutional Self-Assessment for Interfaith Inclusion at the beginning of the program. This initial assessment will be used as the guiding document for organizations to shape their goals and timelines. Importantly, no two assessments will be alike, and therefore, we do not expect that all goals and measures will be alike, but rather site-specific.
    • Having one or more organizational leaders participate in the regional IILI In Person Launch
    • Having one or more organizational leaders participate in the relevant webinars throughout the year.
    • Communicating with the InterfaithFamily coach on a monthly basis.

How does my organization apply to IILI?

Applications are open! If you have any questions about IILI and its application process, please contact Caroline Kamesar at carolinek@interfaithfamily.com.

What is the timeline for the IILI application process?

Cohort Three applications are open.
Applications due May 1, 2019.
Interviews scheduled in May.
Cohort Three will launch in October/November 2019.

Are there fees associated with participation in IILI?

InterfaithFamily is committed to making IILI accessible to any organizations interested in participating. We offer a sliding scale based on your organizational budget.

For institutions and organizations with operating budgets under $1,500,000 participation in IILI is $500.
For institutions and organizations with operating budgets between $1,500,000 and $5,000,000 participation in IILI is $1,000.
For institutions and organizations with operating budgets over $5,000,000 participation in IILI is $1,500.
Once accepted into IILI, a deposit of $200 is due to confirm your organization’s participation. The remaining balance of your program fees will be due by the program in person launch event.

If these fees pose a hardship, please contact Caroline Kamesar at carolinek@interfaithfamily.com. We are committed to working with you so that finances are not a barrier to participation.

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