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 reflection, serving alongside GLIDE staff while focusing on four areas of leadership: Wellness, Growth, Spirit and Empathy.

Read Our Blog About the Program


An Officer and a Mensch:
A VIRTUAL 21st Century Leadership Course

An immersive and transformative* 3-day training with GLIDE, San Francisco’s loving and legendary social service and social justice organization. For Public Safety and Civic Leaders dealing with homelessness, substance use disorders, mental illness, poverty and despair and seeking to confront implicit bias, racial profiling and overcoming bias based policing.

Feeling fractures in your community? Are your officers/constituents/staff thinking/feeling deeply about social justice and racial equity issues these days? Have racial justice issues convulsed your community these past weeks/months? We invite you to join us.

When: November 10–12, 2020
Where: Online
Who Can Attend: police officers/departments, district attorneys, social workers, first responders; anyone interested in healing fractured communities.
Cost: $249
Pending CEU certification

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*At GLIDE, we believe that unconditional love is a redemptive and transformational force that can nourish individuals and families and help enliven a community. And yes, we believe transformation can happen over Zoom!

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”