The Jewish Service Corps

Frequently Asked Questions

What cities could I live in?

Corps Members co-create intentional, pluralistic communities in Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, D.C.. This year, for the first time, applicants will have the chance to interview with placement organizations across all program cities.

What are the differences between the cities?

Each of our program cities has its own unique culture, history, and feel. New York City and Washington, DC are our larger program cities, with bigger Jewish communities as well as cohort sizes. Program cities often have different placements available depending on some of the justice issues that are particularly present in those cities – for example, we work with many criminal legal systems organizations in New Orleans, and many housing organizations in DC. In some years, New York City also features our Jews of Color Bayit.

Learn more about each city through our one-pagers:


New Orleans

New York

Washington, D.C.

On the application, we’ll ask your city preferences to help get to know you as a candidate and to help connect you to alumni and staff from the cities that interest you. If you don’t have any preferences yet, that’s fine too! You’ll have the chance to learn about our different cities during the interview process, and if you proceed to the final matching round, you’ll be able to interview with placements across all of our program cities. If you’d like to learn more about our different cities, reach out to our Recruitment Director, Emily, at

Still have questions?

Our Recruitment team is here to help you through the application process and will be available every step of the way, from start to finish. We know that everyone’s background and needs are different, and they’re here to answer any questions you may have.