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AVODAH's National Blog: Jewish Voices Pursuing Justice
This blog gives our Corps members space to write about their experiences in the year-long service program as they question, explore, and grow into lifelong agents for social change whose commitment to social justice is guided by their Jewish values.

Posts on this blog do not necessarily represent the views of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.

  • Dressing the Part
    Wed, 07 Oct 2015 - By Wendy Low When I was asked to list my work-related-anxieties during AVODAH orientation, I wrote  “clothing.” I have been wearing jeans and t-shirts for the past four years and have never quite felt myself in anything else. The work … Continue reading

  • AVODAH Fellowship Expanding to Chicago
    Thu, 13 Aug 2015 - Thanks in part to the generous support of the the Crown Family and the Dorot Foundation, we are expanding our AVODAH Fellowship program to Chicago. AVODAH has been working in Chicago since 2006 and we are excited to add the Fellowship … Continue reading

  • Advocacy? YES
    Tue, 04 Aug 2015 - By Allison Wessells This is my last week of work as the online organizer at Jews United For Justice (JUFJ), which organizes Jews to take action in local action in the Greater Washington region. My work includes writing the JUFJ eblast: a weekly newsletter featuring … Continue reading

  • Dealing with Otherness
    Thu, 02 Jul 2015 - By Jennifer Ferentz Have you ever been stared at? Last Sunday, my girlfriend and I were on the bus headed to meet up with some friends for dinner when an older gentleman sat down across from us. As he unpacked … Continue reading

Avodah Updates

We invited journalist Abigail Pogrebin to Shabbat dinner with AVODAH corps members. This is what she learned.

AVODAH's Deputy Director named to inaugural cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship.

Director of Alumni and Community Engagement Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay joined with the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York to call for an expansion of paid family leave in the Jewish community.

AVODAH featured in Gender Equity in the Jewish Nonprofit? Progress Being Made.

AVODAH's Deputy Director has an oped in JTA, Ferguson and Eric Garner are symptoms of a deeper problem

AVODAH has been included in the second round of the Jewish Funders Network's Jewish Social Change Matching Fund

Applications for the 2014-2015 cohort of the AVODAH Fellowship are officially open.

AVODAH DC in the Washington Jewish Week's Work of the Spirit

Download our new Passover supplement, The Ten Plagues of Domestic Poverty.

Meet our first cohort of AVODAH Fellows!

AVODAH is part of the first round of grants in the Jewish Social Change Matching Fund

Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington names AVODAH DC "one of the best" community-based nonprofits in the region. 

AVODAH has been selected as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in North America by Slingshot '13-'14.


Speaking Up For The Poor - Interview with AVODAH's Executive Director Marilyn Sneiderman featured at the New York Jewish Week

AVODAH Announces Launch of The AVODAH Fellowship for Early Career Professionals!


AVODAH Co-sponsors ELI Talk on service and Judaism: Finding the Chosen People in Haiti with Rabbi Sid Schwarz


Alumni Reflect and Respond: AVODAH Releases 2012 Study of Year-Long Program Participants: Executive Summary and Full Report


How Do You Respond to Panhandlers? - 


Local Volunteers Get a Taste of the Real World, Brooklyn - 


Learn about how AVODAH Corps members turn into life-long leaders for social change by watching our new video, AVODAH: A Year of Service, A Lifetime of Change.

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps strengthens the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.

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