Avodah is proud to announce that it has partnered with Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) for the second cohort program of the Avodah Institute for Social Change. The 18-month program trains Jewish community professionals to develop their Jewish justice skills. The program is facilitated by a set of diverse and accomplished Jewish educators from across the social justice sector, including Catherine Bell, Caroline Rothstein, Yoshi Silverstein, and Yehudah Webster.
Avodah established the Institute in response to a growing demand from Jewish organizations for professional development that would help promote greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within their communities. Through retreats, workshops, coaching, and peer mentoring, the Institute will provide eighteen Jewish day and overnight camp senior staff with opportunities to learn about social justice, respond to issues that matter to their campers and staff, and develop skills to deepen their camp’s commitment to equity and inclusion.
Participants of the Leadership for Social Change cohort include JCamp, Westside JCC; URJ Jacobs Camp; URJ Camp Coleman; Camp J, Tucson JCC; Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake; BB Day Camps Portland; Camp Sabra; Urban Adamah; URJ Greene Family Camp; Camp Havaya; URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy; In the City Camps; Camp Sabra; Camp Avoda; Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp; and Camp Kinderland.
The Avodah Institute for Social Change is generously funded by Crown Family Philanthropies, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, Perlin Family Foundation, The Rakin Family, Sally Gottesman, Alisa and Daniel Doctoroff, Martine and Stanley Fleishman, and Ruth Wolman.