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Applications for the New York 2014-2015 cohort of the AVODAH Fellowship are open!

What is the AVODAH Fellowship?

The AVODAH Fellowship is a new program for Jewish early career professionals working to alleviate poverty in the United States, currently based in New York City. Based on a curriculum grounded in Jewish thought and learning, the AVODAH Fellowship will provide mentorship, training, community, and networking opportunities to support young Jewish professionals engaged in the antipoverty field, while integrating participants into AVODAH’s extensive alumni network of social justice leaders throughout the country. The 2014-2015 Cohort of the AVODAH Fellowship begins in September of 2014 and is a nine month program.

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 make you a stronger Jewish antipoverty leader.
  • 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. The AVODAH Fellowship is the next step in our mission to strengthen the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. You'll benefit from AVODAH’s expertise, innovative curriculum, and network of antipoverty leaders. Strive for justice, thrive in community with the AVODAH Fellowship.

What kind of programming can I expect?

The AVODAH Fellowship will build upon AVODAH’s 15 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 professional fields; (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 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 2014.

Who should apply to be an AVODAH Fellow?

  • You are 1-5 years into a career in antipoverty work.
  • You have a demonstrated interest in exploring the intersections of Jewish life and identity and antipoverty work.
  • You have a commitment to personal growth and an active interest in building community and developing the power of a network.  
  • You have a desire to be part of a group learning environment and intentional network during and after the Fellowship.

How much does the AVODAH Fellowship cost? Should I apply if my organization can't cover the cost?

Participating in the Fellowship costs just $500. You’ll get nine months of learning and retreats for the average cost of a single weekend at a professional conference. Consider asking your employer to pay all or part of the fee out of their professional development funds if those are available. If you are unable to cover the full $500 at once, let us know and we can discuss payment plan options. Organizational ability to cover this cost will not be a barrier to participation in this program.

Can you say more about how you define antipoverty work? I don’t work at a non profit or social service agency but I’m interested in this program!

We define antipoverty work broadly, as working to address the causes or effects of poverty. 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. 


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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