Effecting Change: Community Journeys
Those Jewish communities interested in effecting change on a regional basis are encouraged to consider an Uprooted Community Journey. This approach engages multiple Jewish organizations and congregations as well as the local Federation to shift the dialogue around Jewish fertility and expand the support offered to individuals in their community.
Start Up Stage – Communal Needs Assessment and Community Visioning
Uprooted begins by fostering greater awareness and gathers communal stakeholders to discern how to develop a supportive environment in your community. Uprooted offers a communal needs assessment to help determine a set of actions and programming vital for building community awareness and kindness. With community input, Uprooted will provide a list of recommendations for initiatives that will both draw attention to this field, and provide richer, broader spiritual care and resource ideas for those in need.
Programming Stage – Community Education and Engagement
TRYmester: Jewish Fertility Journeys Out Loud
Uprooted has designed a mixed media performance piece that reflects the struggle of fertility in the Jewish community. This performance is intended to engage the greater Jewish community in dialogue around the topic of fertility journeys by providing examples of people going through their own struggles. With music, dance and theater, TRYmester provides a model of using alternate methods of expression to reflect the extremely intense emotional and physical struggle of fertility challenges.
Holding Hannah’s Hand: Professional Trainings and Initial Consultations
Uprooted leads trainings for clergy, mental health professionals and lay leaders, to help them gain a deeper understanding of fertility journeys, while enhancing their pastoral and counseling skills. These trainings include both academic and experiential modes of learning and cover topics that cross the broad spectrum of the fertility experience. Uprooted is happy to tailor these trainings to your particular professional constituency. During this time, Uprooted initiates consultations with local leaders to help them design long term sustainable programs at their synagogues/in their communities
Implementation Stage – Opportunities for Healing
Modeled after the TED Talk format, this program creates community awareness and deeper understanding about Jewish fertility journeys. Speakers delve into personal experiences through stories from a variety of fertility journeys. Tailored to each community’s needs, you choose the topics you think will have the most impact. The program includes a Q and A, time for reflections, and an opportunities for the speaker or another member of the Uprooted team to facilitate a discussion, lead a workshop, or give more of a formal presentation on a particular topic.
These workshops are designed for people who are currently on a fertility journey as well as for those whose struggle may have concluded. Uprooted’s healing workshops are explorations of the Mayyim Hayyim Jewish Fertility Healing Guide, which Uprooted played a central role in creating. These workshops can be one time experiences or can be experienced as a series.
Uprooted onboards leadership from local community to Uprooted’s National Jewish Fertility Healing Network to continue the dialogue on a national level and engage in ongoing professional development in this area.
Impact Analysis and Follow Up Stages – Reflection and Next Steps
During this stage, Uprooted reconnects with the training attendees to understand how the material they learned has impacted their work and discuss further topics to supplement their training. Uprooted can meet with community leaders to follow up about fertility programming that has taken place after the Community Journeys Program and discuss the impact of TRYmester through the responses of the community leaders. Uprooted will survey participants from the Healing Salons to gauge their responses to the program and the impact on their subsequent experiences. This survey serves as a follow up to a pre-program survey to quantify impact and reflect on self reports on Jewish engagement and emotional healing.
Effecting Change: For Individual Organizations
Often communal change begins with one person interested in making a difference. If you are interested in encouraging your community to shift their thinking around this topic, Uprooted can provide support in this process and share best practices.
Are you passionate about creating a more inclusive community for those on a fertility journey, and want to know how to start your own groundswell? Uprooted offers consulting for both individuals and organizations looking to create programming in their community. We’re happy to work with JCCs, synagogues, rabbinical associations, and other professional and lay groups.
Help your professional or lay community gain greater understanding of knowledge about Jewish fertility journeys by hosting an Uprooted Webinar. Recommended for small groups. Topics include (but are not limited to): Fertility 101, Sensitive Language, The Emotional Rollercoaster, and Struggling in the Jewish Community. As part of this experience, participants will become members of the Jewish Fertility Healing Network with access to ongoing support and trainings.
Uprooted is working on materials that you can distribute in your community. These will be available on our website soon.