Taking Down Goliath: Jewish Climate Organizing Training

Taking Down Goliath is a climate-focused Jewish community organizing training for Dayenu Circle leaders, members, and prospective leaders.

What will we learn? We’ll learn about strategy for building social movements, theory and practice for growing our Circles, and make a plan for ongoing organizing in our communities, including leading, joining or starting a Dayenu Circle and taking action with a current Dayenu campaign.

Taking Down Goliath has previous only been offered to 18-32 year olds. This time (Summer of 2023) we’re opening it up for all ages. Stipends are available for 18-32 year olds and people of color. See below for more information.

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About the program

This training is a four part program, held over Zoom:

July 10, 12, 17 and 19, 2023

8-9:30 pm ET / 7-8:30 pm CT / 6-7:30 pm MT / 5-6:30 pm PT

This is one training, spread out over four sessions. Please plan to attend all four sessions (1.5 hours each, or 6 hours total). If you cannot make one of the sessions, please email circles @ dayenu.org to discuss your options.

Stipends are available for young people ages 18-32 and people of color of all ages. For those who hold one or both of these identities, we are offering a $50 stipend to support your investment of time in movement-building for our future. There is no fee to participate in the training.


Who has it, how we build it, and what we can do to stop the climate crisis.

Monday, July 10


How the Climate Crisis intersects with Justice, and how we show up for frontline communities.

Wednesday, July 12


Skills for building relationships and making asks that grow participation and leadership.

Monday, July 17


Campaign Arcs and Action. Develop a plan to take action and organize your community.

Wednesday, July 19

Dayenu is committed to racial equity, accessibility, and social justice. Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, Black and Indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA people are strongly encouraged to apply. We can offer a modest stipend of $50 to all BIPOC participants.

Cost: There is no fee to participate in the training.

Accessibility: All workshops will have automated closed captioning. We can share training materials in advance to those who request it. Please let us know if you have specific accessibility needs when you register, so that we can make sure to meet your needs.

Early bird deadline: Tuesday, June 27, 2023 (deadline to receive participant packet and swag!)

Final application deadline: Wednesday, July 5, 2023 (You’ll need to print your own packet.)



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Meet the 'Taking Down Goliath' Trainers

Muriel MacDonald

Muriel MacDonald is an organizer, trainer, and communicator based in San Francisco, CA. As Dayenu’s National Organizer, Muriel supports actions and organizers across the country through training, coaching, and systems support. As a volunteer with Sunrise Movement, Muriel trained hundreds of young people in the Bay Area, Boise, New Orleans and beyond, as well as planning and orchestrating large-scale direct actions and serving as a hub coordinator for Sunrise Bay Area. When not organizing, Muriel can be found riding their bike, spending time outdoors, and making music on Shabbat.


Vicki Kaplan is Dayenu’s Director of Organizing, and an organizer, activist, and campaigner committed to movement-building and anti-racism. As Organizing Director and campaigner at MoveOn from 2012-2020, she oversaw organizing programs, mobilizations, and election campaigns that engaged and developed the leadership of tens of thousands of activists. Prior to MoveOn, Vicki worked with communities around the country to shut down dirty coal plants, was a labor and human rights organizer in the midwest, and campaigned to protect water as a public resource. Her organizing work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Sumner Lewis

Sumner Lewis is a Young People Organizer for Dayenu. Sumner is a Jewish writer, history buff, and musician. Some of her various endeavors include writing for Alma as a 2020-2021 College Writing Fellow and moderating the keynote session at UMASS’s Undergraduate Research Conference. At Dayenu, Sumner focuses on supporting young people – ages 18 to 30 – with Jewish climate organizing. Sumner is a recent graduate of Westfield State University with a BA in Political Science and minors in Ethnic and Gender Studies, Communications, and History.

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