Avodah Stories

Our leaders follow many paths in their work for a more just world. Some continue the service work they began as Corps Members, others have started their own organizations, and many work for change from within the Jewish community.

There are close to a thousand stories of Avodah alumni creating change across the country.

These are just a few of them.


  • “I learned a whole new approach to social justice.”

  • "I found a deeper connection to the tikkun olam I learned about as a child."

  • "Avodah has enabled me to deepen my Jewish identity."

  • "The Avodah Fellowship shaped the way I do my job."

  • “Avodah totally shifted the course of my life.”

  • ilana Zafran Walden

    “I found both a career path and a new relationship to being Jewish.”

  • Headshot of Jessica Schaffer

    “Social justice became the way I lived my Judaism.”

  • “I wanted to do this work from a position of faith.”

  • "Avodah was my path to becoming a rabbi."

  • Headshot of Rachel Sumekh

    “Doing this work turned me into a more understanding and empathetic person.”

  • Headshot of Sam Hipschman

    "My involvement in the Jewish community as an adult started with Avodah."

  • "Avodah enabled me to get proximate."