JOC (Jews of Color) Bayit

Since 2021, the Jews of Color (JOC) Bayit has served as an affinity space within the Jewish Service Corps to support our JOC Corps Members in building JOC community and engaging in deep learning together.  We know that all too often, predominantly white institutions have not reflected the racial and ethnic diversity of our Jewish community, centered the needs of Jews of Color, or grappled with the harm and trauma they’ve caused JOCs in their communities. The JOC Bayit was designed by Jews of Color, for Jews of Color, to offer a celebratory JOC-only space within our wider program.

JOC Bayit members participate in the full Jewish Service Corps program, serving at a leading non-profit during the day while living and learning in a pluralistic, intentional community. Depending on interest year-to-year, the JOC Bayit takes the form of either a physical communal living option in NYC, or a non-residential Bayit across Service Corps cities where JOC Corps Members come together virtually and regionally for community building and programming. The JOC Bayit is co-created by our dedicated JOC Bayit Program Manager, wider programs team, and JOC Corps Members. For the ’24-’25 program year, the JOC Bayit will be a non-residential model. 

We know that our community is strongest when the leadership of Jews of Color is centered and nurtured.  If you’re excited about spending a service year working, living, and learning at the crossroads of activism and Jewish life, we hope you’ll join us!

2022-2023 Corps Members learning about food insecurity/justice.

The JOC Bayit provides the opportunity for JOC Corps Members to:

Foster a deeper connection to their justice work in an intentional JOC-only space

• Practice self- and community-care;

• Engage in deep learning and identity-informed leadership development • Connect to the wider JOC communal ecosystem in NYC, DC, Chicago and beyond; 

Participate in programs on topics such as:

– Antisemitism and White Supremacy

– Fostering Intersectional Leadership

– Cultivating Jewish Practice and Ritual Across the Diaspora 

– Sustaining the Multiracial Justice Movement

• Celebrate the joy and expansiveness of their Jewishness!

Who should apply?

Self-identified Jews of Color between the ages of 21-26 that are excited about building intentional community and are passionate about social justice are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants who are interested in a communal space are recommended to interview with placement organizations in NYC, but should note that a residential model is contingent on participant interest. The JOC Bayit is also an opt-in experience – we know that applicants apply to the Jewish Service Corps for different reasons, and that not all JOCs may be looking for the experience the JOC Bayit provides. That’s okay too!

If you have questions about whether you qualify for the JOC Bayit or whether it’s the right experience for you, please see our FAQ page, reach out to jocbayit@avodah.net to get connected to Samiah, our JOC Program Manager.

The JOC Bayit is proudly sponsored by:

Mazer Family Fund

The Neshamot Fund

Women of Reform Judaism

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Jim Joseph Foundation