Avodah Chicago

In 2006, the first Chicago bayit opened with nine Corps Members in the Albany Park neighborhood. Since then, more than 150 Corps Members have worked with close to 50 Chicago nonprofits, serving over 107,000 individuals who are working to make ends meet.

Our alumni in Chicago continue to step up for social and economic justice, and they’ve had a profound impact on the local Jewish community. They’re residents of multiple Moishe Houses, building communities and programs rooted in justice; activists with the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, advocating on a local and state level for more progressive policies; and they’re lay leaders with Mishkan, a thriving post-denominational Jewish community.

In 2016, we launched the Avodah Fellowship for early-career professionals in Chicago, expanding our efforts to engage local leaders and strengthening their work for justice within the broader context of our community.

The Windy City might get cold and dark for part of the year, but the Avodahniks keeps the light on for social change at the heart of committed and supportive Jewish community.

Lifelong Leaders

Read the stories of Avodah Chicago alumni Rachel Sumekh, Jessica Schaffer, and Ilana Zafran Walden.

2018-2019 Avodah Chicago Corps Members

  • Natalie Chait

    LGBT Project Avodah Fellow

    National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Ethan Aronson

    Housing Case Manager

    Heartland Human Care Services

  • Leah Barr

    Detention Project Fellow

    National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Naftali Ehrenkranz

    Social Services Assistant

    The ARK

  • Hannah Johnson

    After School Coordinator

    Girls in the Game

  • Eliana Herman

    Volunteer Program Assistant

    Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly

  • Ari Hoffman

    Immigrant Legal Defense Project Fellow

    National Immigrant Justice Center

  • Emily Isaacson

    Avodah Organizing Fellow

    Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

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