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An Officer and a Mensch

Bringing a GLIDE Lens to the Justice System

3 Days

Immersive service, learning and reflection

About the Program

An Officer and a Mensch is a non-traditional leadership program providing district attorneys and police officers with the opportunity to build understanding and empathy with historically oppressed communities like the Tenderloin. Led by CSJ’s Rabbi Michael Lezak in partnership with University of Oregon Police Chief Matt Carmichael and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, participating police officers and district attorneys from across the West Coast come to GLIDE for three days of immersive service, learning and reflectionserving alongside GLIDE staff while focusing on four areas of leadership: Wellness, Growth, Spirit and Empathy. 

 They wanted to jolt those in their lines of work into thinking more generously and creatively about how to help the most vulnerable. And they hope it is an idea that will spread.” 

Nita Lelyveld
LA Times, September 14, 2019
“What if I were homeless? An immersion course in empathy in San Francisco’s Tenderloin”