The Jewish Service Corps

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning

Programming provides the systemic analysis, professional development, Jewish social justice insights, and communal networks that will support you in engaging in social justice work effectively and sustainably.  Through experiential programs, you’ll dig into different methods of social change, root causes of oppression, the intersections between different issue areas, anti-oppression work, city-based issue areas, and skill-building. Programming is also a setting to engage with your Jewish identity as it relates to your activism, and with the ways that your political and social beliefs and struggles can inform your Jewish practice. You and your fellow Corps Members will meet with rabbis, teachers, and Jewish activists throughout the year to explore Jewish texts, Jewish history, the larger Jewish community and its role in movements for justice, and justice-oriented approaches to Jewish holidays and rituals.

By the end of the year, you’ll have developed a sustaining relationship between your social justice and your Jewishness, a nuanced analysis on systemic oppression, a diverse set of skills, and a powerful communal network, all of which will help you locate your future career path and engagement in movements for justice.

What program commitments are required?

Corps Members attend 3 full day programs a month (including a monthly site visit to other Corps Members’ placements) and the occasional evening program. Corps Members are expected to attend all required programs and to take on leadership roles (i.e.; working in small groups to lead Community Care Nights, Community Shabbats, issue salons, and programs/activities at openings and closing retreat).

Who plans the programming?

Our staff team is composed of leaders with backgrounds in both social justice and Jewish education, and they’re guided by a curriculum that we’ve been perfecting for over  20 years. This includes both our Program Directors and our Ruach Avodah team, our local Jewish educators, who are there to both provide deep Jewish learning and ritual as well as individual pastoral care and Jewish access. But we believe deeply in participant leadership, so every Corps Member steps up throughout the year to help plan everything from issue salons (site visits to placements anchored around particular issue areas) to Shabbat celebrations to leadership development programs. Your Program Director will also bring in local activists, educators, trainers, clergy members, alumni, and more to diversify and deepen your learning.

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.