Glass Leadership Inst. Members

Difficult Conversations: How to Engage Progressive Peers on Israel

Featuring Zach Schaffer

Mar 5, 10:35am-12:15pm ET
Have productive conversations and nurture allyship with those with whom you disagree most. This session will help participants craft a relational engagement strategy to nurture empathy for Jewish identity, traumas, and lived experiences. We will learn to depolarize conversations and activate others as allies and upstanders for the Jewish community.


Zach Schaffer

Co-Founder & Vice President of Community Engagement, Project Shema

Zach is a facilitator, educator, and organizer based in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. He currently serves as the Co-Founder and VP of Community Engagement with Project Shema, which works to nurture empathy for the Jewish community and help allies disrupt anti-Jewish harm, including when it is carried alongside Israel-Palestine discourse. He trains leaders around the world in depolarization, storytelling, allyship, and having difficult conversations. Zach has served as a facilitator and consultant with several organizations including Ta’amod, Resetting the Table, A Wider Bridge, and Jewish Women International. He is the proud President of Friends of Roots, a grassroots coexistence and liberation movement of Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank. He also serves on the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism where he co-chairs their Racial Equity Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and as a member of the Commission on Social Action, where he helps to set the social justice agenda of the Religious Action Center.