Selah re-ignites the connection to a Judaism in which values, community, the sense of being part of a movement, justice and being Jewish combine. It brought back this sense that I had when I was growing up and too often gets lost or segmented. The people in my cohort are wonderful -- activists/leaders/artists -- people who will make a difference. Selah helps us connect to each other and deepen our understanding of each other's work. Selah's leadership focus has been strengthening individually, and working together opens the possibility for greater impact. As Selah supports us as Jewish change agents, and helps build connections to both the Jewish institutional community and broader society, it can bring new vitality to Jewish social justice. Selah supports us, as social justice Jews, in changing the world.
Heather Booth, Cohort 4: National, 2007
Heather Booth is Director of Americans for Financial Reform, a national coalition working to hold the largest banks accountable. She was previously Director of the Campaign for Health Care Reform at the AFL-CIO and is President of Midwest Academy (a training center for social change organizers).