Repairing America’s Broken Democracy: Bridge Alliance Members Take Action – Rabbi Charles Savenor, Executive Director at Civic Spirit

Rabbi Charles E. Savenor, the Executive Director of Civic Spirit, has a passion for civic education and its goals of educating, inspiring, and empowering faculty and students towards civic belonging, knowledge, and responsibility. He recently finished eight years as the Director of Congregational Education at Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS) in New York, where he oversaw lifelong learning, inclusion, Israel engagement, and travel education. A graduate of Brandeis University, he received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2008 Rabbi Savenor earned a Masters of Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. His articles on education, parenting, leadership and Judaism in the 21st century have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, The New York Observer, Kveller, Hadassah Magazine, and The Boston Jewish Advocate. Rabbi Savenor blogs for The Times of Israel. He is currently writing a memoir called What My Father Couldn’t Tell Me.

Civic Spirit educates, inspires, and empowers schools across faith traditions to enhance civic belonging, knowledge, and responsibility in their student and faculty communities.By providing educators with enriching and academically rigorous professional development, pedagogical coaching, and discourse training, we support the next generation in gaining the information, skills, and sensibility to become beholden participants in the civic life of their community and the political life of our democracy. For more information, visit: Civic Spirit – Civic Spirit.

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The Bridge Alliance is a coalition of over 90 organizations dedicated to rejuvenating America. With each organization focusing on a different sector of the movement, our members represent a combined three million supporters in the burgeoning field of civic reform and civil discourse. In addition, more than one billion dollars has been invested towards improving government effectiveness nationwide.

The Bridge Alliance acts as a hub of information and connectivity for over 90 civic action organizations.

We provide the infrastructure for our members to expand individually, collaborate on shared goals, and inform others that are invested in democracy revitalization. This generates a collective impact for greater than any one group could make alone.

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