Where will you make a difference?

Spend a Year Fighting Poverty

Thank you for your interest in AVODAH's Jewish Service Corps program. The application process is currently closed. Applications for the 2015-2016 program year will open in October. Please sign up here to be notified when the application opens.

If you have any additional questions please e-mail Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator Russ Agdern at 


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.


Corps members help bring housing, education and other basic services to thousands of people each year, and add capacity to our partners worth over $18,000.

  • Join AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, a unique one-year program for people 21-26 combining work for justice, Jewish learning, and community building.
  • Work full time on issues you care about—immigration, hunger, literacy, public health, domestic violence, and more. Where will I work?
  • Learn leadership skills from veteran organizers, activists, and educators and make Jewish connections to social justice. What will I learn?
  • Live with other young adults from a variety of Jewish backgrounds and build a community committed to integrating social change and Jewish values. Where will I live? 
  • Build a lifelong connection to a network of emerging leaders in the Jewish community's fight against poverty. 



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