Applications are officially open for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a unique one-year program for people 21-26 combining work for justice, leadership development, Jewish learning, and community building. Learn about AVODAH and how to spend the next year fighting poverty in one of our four cities around the US!
Each year, AVODAH recruits people in their 20s from across the United States to spend a year working on urban poverty issues full-time at local non-profit organizations. During their year of service, participants live and study together, forming a community of people making a connection between social activism and Jewish life.
- Work full time on issues you care about—immigration, hunger, literacy, public health, domestic violence, and more. You will work with some of the most effective non-profit organizations dealing with poverty in Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, DC.
- Learn leadership skills from veteran organizers, activists, and educators and make Jewish connections to social justice. You will gather weekly to learn with other corps members, and attend weekend retreats throughout the year. During these sessions, you will meet with a wide variety of top-level activists, trainers and educators to learn more about the dynamics of urban poverty. You will also learn how to become an effective agent for social change, and the way that Jewish history, culture and religion connect to your work to combat poverty and strengthen community.
- Live with other young adults from a variety of Jewish backgrounds and build a community committed to integrating social change and Jewish values. You will live communally in a house with other participants. AVODAH tries to locate its houses within walking distance of synagogues.
- Build a lifelong connection to a network of emerging leaders in the Jewish community's fight against poverty.
The deadline for the 2013-2014 program year is February 11th, 2013.
For more information, visit the AVODAH website.