Avodah DC

In the beating heart of our nation’s capitol, you don’t have to look far to find Avodahniks stepping up for local change.

Four years after our founding in New York City, we launched our second site in Washington, DC in 2002. Within a few short years, Our DC Corps nearly tripled in size, growing from one house with nine participants in our first program year to two houses with close to 25 Corps Members.

In the almost 15 years since we arrived in DC, our Corps Members continue to step up on issues like homelessness, immigration, and food justice, and our partners report being able to offer their clients new and expanded services as a direct result of having an Avodah Corps Member on staff. At placement partners across the area, Avodah alumni get hired to stay on for multiple years, serving as supervisors and mentors to subsequent Corps Members.

The local community is seeded with leaders from our alumni network, advocating for local change with groups like Jews United for Justice and at the heart of lay-led Jewish communities like Segulah. Like we said, you don’t have to look far to find us, and it’s the truest reflection of the investment we strive to make – stronger Jewish communities filled with leaders who are committed making change on a local level and beyond.


Lifelong Leaders

Read the story of Avodah DC alum Aaron Fenster.

Download our guide to learn more about living in D.C.


hours served in Washington, DC.


DC families and residents served


Washington, DC placement agencies

Our 2022-2023 Avodah DC Corps Members

Our Corps Members live and learn together in a supportive, pluralistic community at the crossroads of justice and Jewish life while working at leading anti-poverty nonprofits. Learn more about the organizations that we serve.

Abe P., Bread for the City

Emily C., Jews United for Justice

Ethan W., CAIR Coalition

Gali D., Tzedek DC, Inc.

Joseph G., Jews United for Justice

Leo F., A Wider Circle

Lizzie E., HIAS

Perri W., Bread for the City

Rachel K., N Street Village

Shula B., CASA, Inc.