We support Jewish leaders and communities in their work and lives to further build social and economic justice across the United States.


Since 1998, we’ve been training emerging Jewish leaders to take on the most pressing social and economic issues in America. We know that the combination of on-the-ground experience, intensive leadership development, and supportive, pluralistic Jewish community are the perfect combination to lay the groundwork for a lasting commitment to social change.

“Avodah helped me think deeply about how to approach all aspects of my life from a justice framework. I’ve gained a lifelong community rooted in anti-oppression work and Jewish ritual. Because of Avodah, I feel it is possible to have a life grounded in justice.”

Lily Grier, New Orleans Jewish Service Corps

Jewish Service Corps

Our Jewish Service Corps places young adults ages 21-26 into a year of full-time service at leading nonprofits in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. Corps Members live together as a community and participate in weekly educational programs to deepen their understanding of domestic poverty and explore their work through the lens of Jewish tradition.

Avodah Justice Fellowship

The Avodah Justice Fellowship convenes cohorts of early-career professionals working on social and economic issues for eight months of intensive learning, mentorship, and community-building in an inclusive Jewish framework. Programs are currently running in Chicago and New York City.

Avodah Institute for Social Change

The Avodah Institute for Social Change trains Jewish leaders from across the Jewish professional sector in social change work to transform the culture of American Jewish life. This work responds both to the timeless Jewish imperative to pursue justice and the current moment when Jewish organizations nationally have expressed a heightened concern with creating an equitable and inclusive society.

Avodah Alumni Community

There are over 1,500 Avodah alumni continuing to work for justice as professionals and lay leaders, in the Jewish community and beyond. They’re leading organizations, educating Jewish communities on the issues that matter, advocating for change on a local and national level, and helping everyday Americans who are working to make ends meet. They support each other, celebrate Jewish life together, and collaborate in their work for change.