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Serve for Justice in CHI with Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps

We are currently seeking a Corps Member to join the Chicago cohort and work at the intersection of direct service and policy advocacy as the Direct Service & Policy Advocacy Associate at our partner, Libenu for the 2021-2022 program year. Avodah's Jewish Service Corps is a program for young adults ages 21-26 to spend a year fighting for social and economic justice. During their service year, participants live and learn at the crossroads of activism and Jewish life while contributing full-time to organizations working on crucial justice issues.

Avodah's partner, Libenu, provides residential, vocational, and respite opportunities for people with disabilities to live with dignity and respect, as fully included members of our Jewish community. The Direct Service & Policy Advocacy Associate will perform direct service to both children and adult clients with disabilities, provide in-home respite services, design and implement daily programs for clients and build awareness for Libenu's mission and clients in new communities. The associate will support policy advocacy and help promote policies and legislation that will benefit clients' and their families’ needs and wellbeing by conducting research and developing background briefs, factsheets, and virtually attend coalition meetings and meetings with state legislators.

Our other Chicago Service Corps roles include: Detention Project Fellow at Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (Spanish fluency required) and Volunteer Program Assistant at Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly.

Other roles are open in New York, Washington D.C., New Orleans, and San Diego. Applications for these roles are filled on a rolling basis so apply ASAP!

Spend a year serving for justice at a leading anti-poverty organization while living and learning at the crossroads of justice and Jewish life. As a member of the Jewish Services Corps, you will:
-Build real-world expertise with critical, hands-on work experience. You’ll be placed with one of Avodah’s partner organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Washington, DC, or our newest city, San Diego. Through on-the-ground direct service work, you'll contribute meaningfully to our partners’ work on crucial justice issues such as immigration, food insecurity, education, healthcare, criminal justice, and much more.

-Develop activist chops and Jewish social justice insights. Avodah’s trusted, innovative curriculum examines the causes and effects of domestic poverty, develops practical skills, and looks at justice work with a Jewish lens. Programming will deepen, contextualize, and nourish your day-to-day work while preparing you stay in social and economic justice movements for the long haul.

-Live and learn in the dynamic Avodah community. Home-cooked meals, late night conversations, and holiday celebrations make living communally in the bayit (house) memorable and meaningful.

-Access activism, professional development, and Jewish opportunities for life. Over a thousand social justice leaders across the country serve as active, engaged members of our alumni community. They’ll help you with everything from apartments hunts to job references to holiday meals invites.

In addition to a year of professional and personal growth, Corps Members receive a monthly living stipend, health insurance, travel allowance, and subsidized housing. The 2021-2022 program starts in late August, but we will be accepting Corps Members for this year’s program through the end of September.

Avodah is committed to building a service corps that inclusively represents the diverse Jewish Community. Sephardi Jews, Mizrahi Jews, Jews of Color, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBT2QIA people, and people who come from poor or working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!

Are you the next Jewish Corps Member? Visit our website at or email [email protected] to learn more. We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until all spots are filled - apply ASAP!

Duration full-time
Benefits You will receive a monthly living stipend plus health insurance, subsidized housing, transportation stipend, professional and leadership development.
Ad Posted On 2021-09-02
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Ad is posted for 30 days
Categories Fellowship
Focus Outreach, Social Work
Organization Name Avodah
Job Location Chicago Bayit
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Application Instructions
To apply go to We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis until all spots are filled - apply ASAP! The program begins in mid-August 2021. The application requires a resume, short and long answer essays and three references. Full program and application information can be found at, or contact us at [email protected]

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