Frequently Asked Questions About
the Avodah Justice Fellowship

What does the program look like?

Our program is designed to fit the needs of working professionals. The Fellowship includes:

  • Three monthly sessions address topics like analysis of causes and effects of injustices, as well as the varied methods being used to address them; tools for self-assessment and skill-building to strengthen your abilities as a leader; deeper understanding of community-building and group dynamics; and the intersections of Judaism and social justice historically.
  • Coaching or mentoring to help you problem-solve current professional challenges, think about and tackle areas of personal growth, build on your personal and professional strengths, and explore your long-term career path.
  • Two to three retreats over the course of the experience: we start with an introductory community building retreat to develop common language and a shared purpose, and close with a year-end reflection retreat to help you focus on your next steps as social change leaders in the Avodah network.
  • We’ve got a big Avodah community. You’ll be a part of educational, social, and religious events and celebrations with members of our Jewish Service Corps and alumni network.

Just to be clear, do I have to move into a house and all that?

You’re thinking of our Service Corps, where we place participants at jobs and they live together for a year. The Fellowship is different – it’s about supporting you in your current work. So no need to leave your job or pack up your bags.

How long is the Fellowship?

The New York Fellowship cohort will run from December 2016-June 2017, and the Chicago Fellowship cohort will run from January-June 2017.

Who should apply to be a Fellow?

Our Fellows come from lots of different backgrounds, but if the list below sounds like you, then you should definitely apply.

  • You have 1-5 years of experience, either professionally or in volunteer leadership, working on domestic social and economic justice issues.
  • You have a demonstrated interest in exploring the intersection of Jewish life and social justice.
  • You have a commitment to personal growth and an active interest in building community and developing the power of a network during and after the Fellowship.

How much does the Fellowship cost? Should I apply if my organization can’t cover the cost?

Participating in the Fellowship costs just $500. You’ll get months of learning and retreats for the average cost of a single weekend at a professional conference. Consider asking your employer to pay all or part of the fee out of their professional development funds if those are available. Payment plans and opportunities for scholarships are available if cost is a potential barrier for you.

Can you say more about how you define domestic social and economic justice work? I don’t work at a nonprofit or social service agency but I’m interested in this program.

We define social and economic work broadly, as working to address a wide range of pressing local and national issues. This includes professionals providing services to low-income individuals or groups of people, helping organize communities to fight for systemic change, serving at government offices helping constituents in need, teachers or librarians working to build the skills of people to fight their way out of poverty, people serving in health clinics, working on food justice or helping people make their workplace better. Take a look at previous Fellows to get a sense of the diverse profiles of our participants.

Are Jewish Service Corps alumni eligible to be participants?

Service Corps alumni are not eligible to be Fellows, but the Fellows will be a part of the larger Avodah network and alumni will have the opportunity to mentor them, share ideas and network with members of the Fellowship. One significant way Service Corps alumni can shape the Fellowship is to help with recruitment by sharing with your networks, and spreading the word to colleagues, friends, and work contacts you think would make great members of the Fellowship.

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