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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.


  • 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

  • What’s Possible in Eleven Months
    Thu, 25 Jun 2015 - By Gavriela Geller A few months ago, I met a man named Carlos. Although Carlos was a client at the National Immigrant Justice Center, and we had spoken numerous times on the phone, I hadn’t met him in person before … Continue reading

  • Why I’m There
    Wed, 24 Jun 2015 - By Ilana Herr “And who are you?” It’s a question I’ve been asked again and again over the past two years. They look at me with a raised eyebrow and doubtful eyes, usually a doctor, a nurse, or a welfare … Continue reading

  • Every Family Has a Paid Leave Story
    Tue, 02 Jun 2015 - By Hannah Weilbacher When I started organizing with Jews United for Justice’s Paid Family Leave Campaign last September as a new AVODAHnik, I needed to communicate a story that crystalizes why I care about the issue of Paid Family Leave. … 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? - Forward.com 

 

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

 

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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