Jeannie Appleman has been a community organizer for 25 years. She is currently a Senior Organizer and Trainer with JOIN for Justice, and in 2005 co-founded its Seminary Leadership program (SLP). Through this program, she has trained more than 400 rabbinical, cantorial, and education students from JTS, AJU, HUC, YCT, YU and RRC in justice organizing and congregational development and leadership. She has trained hundreds of Jewish leaders through the UJA-Federation in NY and The Associated in Baltimore.
Last year, she began training and developing NCJW national staff, and leaders from its sections in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Essex County, NJ, to wage community organizing campaigns in their areas on justice issues. Prior to her current position at JOIN, she was the lead organizer for the Industrial Areas Foundation’s (IAF) affiliate organizations in Long Island and Queens, and a trainer for synagogue leaders in IAF’s Westchester affiliate.
Jeannie has also spent her career doing broad-based tenant, electoral, anti-intervention, and issue-based organizing in New York, Chicago and Louisiana. Jeannie has worked with scores of Jewish leaders to develop and grow their organizations and synagogues and to strengthen their communities. Finally, Jeannie has funded, studied and written about broad-based organizing since 2003.