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What is the AVODAH Fellowship?
The Fellowship is a program for early-career Jewish professionals and volunteers working on domestic social and economic issues, currently based in New York City. We provide mentorship, training, community, and networking opportunities to support participants, while integrating them into AVODAH’s extensive alumni network of social justice leaders throughout the country.
Why the AVODAH Fellowship?
The AVODAH Fellowship is a unique opportunity for Jewish leaders early in their social change work. Through the AVODAH Fellowship, you will:
- Get the mentorship you want to help you grow.
- Gain a cohort of peers to expand your impact.
- Receive the support and the analytical lens you need to grow as a leader on domestic social and economic issues.
- Join a 700 strong network of social justice leaders in the AVODAH alumni community.
- Connect your work to something bigger than yourself.
Since 1998, AVODAH has been training the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders. We believe that someone's Jewish identity and social justice identity should never be separate, and that both aspects are strengthened by bringing them together. We'll leverage our years of expertise, programming, and extensive network of leaders towards helping you to advance your own work.
“AVODAH has given me the space to reflect on my own Jewish identity within the context of a community where being challenged to think is a core value of the community. I have never felt so safe, while simultaneously challenged spiritually and intellectually at the same time.”
What kind of programming can I expect?
The AVODAH Fellowship will build upon AVODAH’s 17 year track record of high impact curriculum and include:
- Two to three monthly educational sessions that will provide you with (1) leadership development to enhance your effectiveness in your area of work; (2) networks and resources to enable you to emerge as leaders of the Jewish community’s social justice efforts; and (3) a solid foundation of critical analysis and thought focused on the intersection between social justice and Jewish life.
- Coaching or mentoring that will include opportunities to problem-solve current professional challenges, to address areas for personal growth, build on personal and professional strengths, and to explore career path options.
- Two to three retreats over the course of the year: an introductory community building retreat to develop common language and shared purpose, and a year-end reflection retreat to help participants focus on your next steps as visible social change leaders and how you would like to participate as AVODAH alumni.
- Shared educational, social, and religious events and celebrations with AVODAH’s corps members and alumni.
How long is the AVODAH Fellowship?
The Fellowship is a 9-month learning experience, beginning in September 2015.
Who should apply to be an AVODAH Fellow?
- You have 1-5 years of experience, either professionally or in volunteer leadership, in domestic social and economic justice work.
- You have a demonstrated interest in exploring the intersection of Jewish life and social justice.
- You have a commitment to personal growth and an active interest in building community and developing the power of a network during and after the Fellowship.
“AVODAH opened my eyes and made me realize that I am not just a cog in the social justice wheel but a necessary voice in the fight for a more just world.”
Can you say more about how you define domestic social and economic justice work? I don’t work at a non-profit or social service agency but I’m interested in this program.
We define social and economic work broadly, as working to address a wide range of pressing local and national issues. This includes professionals providing services to low-income individuals or groups of people, helping organize communities to fight for systemic change, serving at government offices helping constituents in need, teachers or librarians working to build the skills of people to fight their way out of poverty, people serving in health clinics, working on food justice or helping people make their workplace better. Take a look at our class of 2015 Fellows to get a sense of the diverse leadership profiles of our participants.
"The AVODAH Fellowship gave me the foundation I needed personally and professionally to develop into a Jewish social justice leader. The triple threat of insight, professional "tools" and a network of like minded individuals act as a catalyst to truly be the change I want to see in the world."
Are AVODAH Service Corps alumni eligible to be participants?
Service Corps alumni are not eligible to be Fellows, but the Fellows will be a part of the larger AVODAH network and alumni will have the opportunity to mentor them, share ideas and network with members of the Fellowship. One significant way Service Corps Alumni can shape the Fellowship is to help with recruitment by sharing with your networks, and spreading the word to colleagues, friends, work contacts you think would make great members of the Fellowship.
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