The Jewish Service Corps

2023-2024 Corps Members

About the Service Corps

The Jewish Service Corps is an immersive service year program for individuals ages 21-26 who are passionate about social justice and ready to engage in deep Jewish community.

Corps Members are matched with leading nonprofits in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, or Washington D.C. While serving on the ground at organizations tackling crucial social issues, Corps members deepen their social justice framework through Avodah’s innovative curriculum and pluralistic communal living.

Corps Members graduate with a year of real-world job experience, joining our active 1,400+ alumni network of Jewish social justice professionals that will continue to support their future careers and serve as their Jewish community for life.

48

Corps Members

4

program cities

38

placements

$22 million

in added capacity for placements

A pluralistic Jewish community

Within our batim (homes), our Corps Members co-create intentional, multi-cultural, and pluralistic communities with a diverse set of Jewish practices and observance levels. This year’s Corps Members identify as Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Modern Orthodox, Secular/Culturally Jewish, actively converting to Judaism, “still figuring it out”, and “Just Jewish”.

Together, they celebrate Jewish holidays, teach each other new Jewish rituals and traditions, and share in Shabbat dinnersall while exploring how their Jewish identity relates to their activism and political beliefs.
Avodah 2023-2024 Chicago Corps Members

Chicago

Sarah, Programs & Intake Specialist, Beyond Legal Aid
• Lily, Health Educator and Outreach Coordinator, Erie Family Health
• Sabrina, Health Educator, Erie Family Health
Hannah, Engagement + Resource Coordinator, Inspiration Corporation
Benjamin, Case Aide, Refugee Resettlement, JCFS Chicago
• Sarah, Avodah Organizer, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Rachel, Homeless Advocacy Specialist, Legal Council for Health Justice
• Sofia, Children’s Health Advocate, Legal Council for Health Justice
• Sophie, Immigrant Legal Defense Project Fellow, National Immigrant Justice Center
• Olivia, Detention Project Fellow, National Immigrant Justice Center
Isaiah, Service Integration Coordinator, Thresholds

Avodah 2023-2024 New Orleans Corps Members

New Orleans

• Leila, Dental Health Educator/Media and Outreach Coordinator, EXCELth
• Lily, Program Assistant, Innocence Project New Orleans
• Cora, Program Assistant, Innocence Project New Orleans
• Clara, Housing Law Unit – Tenant Advocate, Southeast Lousiana Legal Services
• Adam, Domestic Violence Program Assistant, Southeast Lousiana Legal Services

• Mia, Programs Administrator, The First 72+/Rising Foundations
• Liana, Office Manager, The First 72+/Rising Foundations
• Zoe, Client and Family Assistance Coordinator, The Promise of Justice Initiative
• Mica, Move-In Specialist, UNITY of Greater New Orleans

Avodah 2023-2024 New York Corps Members

New York City

• Samm, JYCM National Kvutzah Organizer, Adamah, Inc.
• Theo, Legal Assistant, Naturalization team, Catholic Migration Services
• Alexandra, Legal Assistant, Removal Defense Program, Catholic Migration Services
• Ana, Volunteer Services Program Assistant, Commonpoint Queens
• Joshua, College and Career Advisor, Comprehensive Youth Development, Inc.
• Raizel, Youth Against Child Trafficking (Y-ACT) Educator, ECPAT-USA, Inc.
• Noa, Outreach, Education and Policy Fellow, Fair Housing Justice Center
• E., Volunteer Program Associate & Immigrant Advocate, HIAS

• C., Lindenbaum Pantry Fellow, Met Council on Jewish Poverty
• Aliyah, Project Assistant – Matrimonial/Economic Justice Project, Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services
• Rachel, Case Manager, Sanctuary for Families – Anti-Trafficking Initiative
• Akiva, Case Manager, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.
• Kathryn, Capacity Building Specialist, Shorefront Jewish Community Council
• Hanna, Programming Assistant, The Educational Alliance,
• Leah, Digital Pantry Coordinator, United Jewish Council of the East Side (UJCES)

Avodah 2023-2024 DC Corps Members

Washington, D.C.

• Emma, SE Legal Clinic Coordinator, Bread for the City
• Cydney, NW Legal Clinic Coordinator, Bread for the City
• Emily, Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition
• Yale, Legal Assistant, CASA, Inc.
• Natalia, Outreach and Day Center Case Manager, Everyone Home DC
• Sophie, Virginia Outreach Coordinator, First Shift Justice Project
• Cyan, Volunteer Program Associate & Immigrant Advocate, HIAS

• Lucas, Maryland Community Organizer, Jews United for Justice
• Millie, Community Organizer and Program Assistant, Jews United for Justice
• Liora, Museum Education Activator, Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum
• Emily, Wellness Center Program Associate, N Street Village
• Estelle, JCADA Education Program Fellowship, The Greater Washington Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse
• Sophie, Staff Member and Intake Specialist, Tzedek DC, Inc.

Bringing Jewish leaders together from coast to coast

Our 2023-2024 Corps Members come from 24 different states and 41 different cities.

Wrestling with big questions

Here are a few of the questions our Corps Members asked themselves at the start of their service year.

“How can I challenge myself to expand beyond what I know and have experienced?”

“What does it mean to live in a pluralistic Jewish community outside of college?”

“What am I going to discover about myself?”

“What will be the ways that I continue learning and challenging myself outside of the scaffolding that school provided me?”

“How can I interweave my feminism with my Judaism in an authentic and empowering way?”

“How can I use this year to figure out what I want to do professionally in the future?”

“What do I want and need to feel cared for in a new community?”

“How will we as a group hold ourselves accountable to one another?”

FEATURED STORIES

The latest from our Corps Members