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Avodah is a national network of Jewish leaders working to fight domestic poverty and promote social justice. In addition to engaging in service at local organizations, participants in the Jewish Service Corps live together as a community and engage in weekly educational programs to deepen their understanding of social justice, Jewish identity, and how to stay in the work long term. 

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.

Please make sure to save your application often. When you save your application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to return to it. For essay questions, we suggest drafting them in an outside word processing program and then entering them here. We also recommend sending the reference form to your two recommenders as soon as you start the application. 

The last deadline for the Jewish Service Corps before rolling admissions is March 27th. The priority and general deadlines have passed and we strongly encourage applying by this last deadline for your best chance at an earlier acceptance and having a wide variety of placement organizations still available for matching.


If you have any questions throughout the application process, contact Emily Becker at ebecker@avodah.net, or check out our FAQ here.


Personal Information


Does not have to be your legal name.






Address
Please provide an address where you anticipate regularly being able to receive mail beyond this coming year.






Texting
Occasionally (once a month or less), Avodah can send you text message reminders about your application, deadlines, and upcoming opportunities to connect with Avodah.  Check here if you’d like to opt in to receiving messages. Standard message and data rates may apply. You can reply stop to stop at anytime.
City Preference
As you move through your alumni and Program Director interviews, you will have the opportunity to learn more about our different program cities. If you proceed to the final matching round, you will then have the opportunity to view and interview with job placements across ALL cities. For our records, please let us know your current city preferences.





The Jews of Color Bayit (Communal Home) is an affinity space within the Avodah program for self-identified Jews of Color to live in community with other JOCs. JOCs may include community members who are African American, Asian, Alaska Native, Black, Indigenous American, Native Hawaiian, non-white Latinx, Arab, Pacific Islander, and/or multi-racial.  JOCs are encouraged to consider the JOC Bayit, but are welcome to participate in any city (including the NYC non-JOC Bayit). If you have any questions about the JOC Bayit and whether or not you qualify, please email JOC Bayit Program Manager, Samiah Fulcher, at sfulcher@avodah.net.


Other Background Information









References
Avodah requires applicants to submit two references.  Your references should submit their reference forms as soon as possible, and can submit before or after your application is submitted. We will not review your application until we receive both references.

Please note that your references will be shared with our placement organizations during the matching process and should be professional references. References may include:
  • Someone who supervised you when you held either a paid or volunteer position, such as any type of full-time or part-time job, a summer internship or internship during the school year, teaching assistant position, etc.
  • Someone who served in a leadership role such as short-term service trip leader or a professional who served as a student group advisor.
  • A professor or academic advisor
  • A peer reference (someone you worked on a major project with, organized with, lived communally with, served on a team with, etc)
  • A clergy member

The following cannot serve as any of your references:

  • Family members or close family friends
The link for submitting references is unique to you. You will receive this link in your email upon saving or submitting the application. We will not receive the reference if you do not use the correct link. 

When both recommenders submit their references, we will send you an email. If you haven't received an email from us, your references are not complete. Please email ebecker@avodah.net if you have any questions about who has or hasn't submitted.

We suggest that you write any short answers in a word processing program on your computer and then cut and paste them into the boxes in the application. Please make sure to save your application often.
Education
No participant education level is required for Avodah's Jewish Service Corps. The information below helps us gain a better sense of you as an applicant. Please add your education history below which could include: high school, college/university, study abroad, graduate school, or other structured education experiences (i.e. internships, immersion programs, short-term study, etc.).






Religious Background
Please Note: No particular religious background or level of religious knowledge is required for Avodah's Jewish Service Corps. The information below helps us gain a better sense of how to build our cohorts and to get a holistic sense of who your are as an applicant.



Please answer the following questions with brief essays. These questions will be sent to placement organizations. If you use Hebrew or other non-English words, please provide translation. We suggest that you write any short answers in a word processing program on your computer and then cut and paste them into the boxes in the application. Please make sure to save your application often.
Skills and Interests
What domestic poverty issue areas and methods of social change are you interested in working on during your Service Corps year? Please select as many as apply. Note: The below issue areas are based on the past three years of placement organizations and are subject to change. Every year, some placement organizations return, while others are replaced by new placement organizations.




Languages
Do you speak any language other than English?



Limited: Understands some words, but cannot read the language or hold a conversation. Proficient: Intermediate written and reading knowledge, can hold a basic conversation. Fluent: Ability to read, write and speak the language with ease.

Please answer the following questions with brief essays (1,500 characters max for each question). Your answers will be sent to prospective placements. If you use Hebrew or other non-English words, please provide translation. We suggest that you write any short answers in a word processing program on your computer and then cut and paste them into the boxes in the application. Please make sure to save your application often.
Social Justice and Placement Questions



Communal Living
Please answer the following questions with brief essays (1,500 characters max for each question). We suggest that you write any short answers in a word processing program on your computer and then cut and paste them into the boxes in the application. Please make sure to save your application often.


Demographic Information
Avodah is committed to representing the fullness of the Jewish Community. Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ people, and people who come from poor or working class backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply to Avodah.  The below questions are optional; your answers help us learn who is applying to Avodah and what we need to do in order to meet our goals around access and representation in the Jewish community.






Jews of Color is an umbrella term for community members who may identify as African American, Alaska Native, Arab, Asian, Black, Indigenous American, Native Hawaiian, non-white Latinx, Pacific Islander, and/or multi-racial. 


Resume
Please upload your resume ONLY AS A PDF FILE (.pdf). If you do not use this format, we will not be able to see your resume or send your application to interviewers. Instructions for saving a Word document as a PDF file can be found here.  


Please note that you will have to click "Submit" twice - first below and then on a confirmation page.  The first click will take you to a page where you have the opportunity to review your answers. Once you've done so and are satisfied, you'll hit "Confirm" at the bottom of the confirmation page.  Your submission is not complete until you've done so.