Where will I live?
You will live communally in a house with other participants. AVODAH tries to locate its houses within walking distance of synagogues. Each house, or bayit in Hebrew, is located close to public transportation so that you can commute easily and take advantage of the sights and experiences that your city has to offer.
The bayit is the heart of your AVODAH community. You will study, dialogue, celebrate Shabbat, prepare communal meals, and welcome a variety of guests.
Life within the bayit is both enjoyable and challenging. Because we encourage applicants to AVODAH from all parts of the Jewish community, a corps member's housemates will have a variety of different observance levels, backgrounds, and perspectives. Often, corps members are asked to share rooms to accomodate the number of people in each house. To make it all work, we spend time devoted to community building, conflict resolution, and diversity training. One past AVODAH participant told us, “A lot of living in a community is learning how to coexist and understand what is communal and what is individual.”
We believe that forming strong, just, and nurturing communities is the groundwork on which everything else stands: the quality of our Jewish lives, our neighborhoods and our society. Figuring out how we can build and maintain communities that benefit their members and those who come into contact with them is a major focus of AVODAH.
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