Professional Development



DEVELOPING MINDS is an initiative to strengthen the mental health capacity of youth-serving Jewish organizations, community-by-community, helping all youth thrive and fully engage in Jewish life.

Who It’s For: At least 2 leadership-level staff should participate in the leadership track. They should be C-Suite employees with decision-making power who understand the inner workings of their organization.

Developing Minds Provides:

  • A 5-month cohort-based program for Jewish professionals.
  • Opportunities to tap into the collective wisdom of professionals facing similar challenges.
  • An Organizational Leaders track to look at mental health capacity through a systems lens. 
  • Youth-Serving Professionals track to receive training to better support youth.

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General Overview

BaMidbar maximizes impact through Professional Development programs for youth and young-adult-serving Jewish community professionals, which help build a resilient and thriving Jewish community that actively supports its members in achieving mental wellness.

BaMidbar’s Professional Development programs focus on mental health literacy, experiential education as a tool for social and emotional learning, Jewish perspectives on wellness, and educator empowerment and self-care.

Programming is delivered through retreats, stand-alone training, workshops, and online courses.

Through BaMidbar’s education programs, Jewish professionals build the knowledge, skills, and confidence to:

        • Promote healthy social and emotional development for all of the youth they serve.
        • Recognize when youth are at risk of experiencing mental health challenges.
        • Intervene early and appropriately when mental health challenges arise.
        • Create Jewish learning experiences through a whole-health wellness lens.
        • Integrate trauma-informed frameworks and build mental health capacity at the organizational level.

Training Topics

Personal Wellness

Fill your cup, build personal resilience, and explore how to create a culture of support so that those who love young people have the capacity to best support them.

Skills to Support Youth

Expand mental health literacy and understanding of mental health, wellness, regulation, and resilience in order to foster environments that help young people thrive.

Strengthening Organizations

Strengthening the system by helping Jewish organizations become mental health aware and trauma-informed, and to take more holistic approaches to mental health and wellness.

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Our Partners

BaMidbar has partnered with a diverse range of Jewish organizations on workshops, retreats, and professional development programs. Some of these organizations include:

Making the time to attend BaMidbar’s training was a gift. I feel nourished, seen, and inspired and look forward to using this experience to build mental health-informed experiences and resources for my community.

Jewish Professional, 2022

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