Avodah is taking its national Justice Fellowship to America’s heartland. In winter 2018, the Avodah Kansas City Justice Fellowship, a joint collaboration of Avodah and Bend the Arc, will kick off its first cohort.
The very first of its kind in the region, the Avodah Kansas City Justice Fellowship is a six-month leadership development and community building program for young Jewish professionals and volunteer leaders working to address social and economic justice issues in Kansas and Missouri in both the Jewish community and the greater community at large. The Avodah Justice Fellowship has become a sought-after opportunity for emerging Jewish leaders. It currently operates in New York City and Chicago and Avodah is thrilled to now make this program available to early and mid-career professionals in Kansas City.
Kansas City-based Justice Fellows have the opportunity to:
Nearly one-fifth of all Kansas City residents live below the poverty level. The urgency of these needs and the desire for the young Jewish community to meaningfully live out the Jewish values of tzedek, justice, make the Avodah Kansas City Justice Fellowship a much-needed and highly desired undertaking.
The Jewish leadership component of the Avodah Justice Fellowship in Kansas City will be run in collaboration with Bend The Arc, A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Through this partnership, participants will benefit from Bend the Arc’s powerful organizing and leadership expertise and gain firsthand experience in creating meaningful social change through a Jewish lens.
Through the Avodah Kansas City Justice Fellowship, young Jewish leaders will be equipped with skills critical to their identity and growth in order to help create a community that incentivizes young Jews to stay in Kansas City long-term, take on prominent Jewish leadership roles, become more connected to the Jewish community, and positively impact the community’s future.