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Contact Information

125 Maiden Lane, #8B c/o Makom Hadash
New York, NY 10008

(917) 534-4747

Focus Areas

  • Aging
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Disability
  • Economic Security
  • Education & Youth
  • Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Homelessness & Housing
  • Legal Assistance

Avodah strengthens the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.

  • About Us
    Avodah engages the Jewish community in social and economic justice work by training up future Jewish leaders who will stay in the fight for justice for life.

    The Jewish Service Corps places young adults 21-26 from across the United States at leading anti-poverty nonprofits in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Washington, DC, and San Diego, where they spend a year combating the causes and effects of poverty. Our Corps Members live together and learn together in a supportive, pluralistic community at the crossroads of social activism and Jewish life.

    The Justice Fellowship brings together early-career professionals who are working to address social and economic injustice in New York City, Chicago, and Kansas City. Fellows spend eighth months engaging in cutting-edge programming that examines methods of social change, Jewish life, and the powerful intersections between the two.
  • Our Impact
    Our Service Corps members have added millions of dollars in capacity to hundreds of different organizations working to address critical social and economic issues around the country. They contribute to organizations doing direct service and advocacy work in fields such as immigration, food insecurity, the criminal justice system, health services, domestic violence, and many more.

    Our alumni network is over 1,000 people strong and is composed of incredible young leaders who have the skills, tools, and networks needed to stay in this critical work for the long haul. Alumni of our Jewish Service Corps and Justice Fellowship lead and staff at non-profits doing urgent justice work around the country.

Avodah Programs

Jewish Service Corps

The Avodah Jewish Service Corps is a year-long program that provides recent grads and post college-age adults a place to build the foundations for careers, Jewish community, and lifelong activism in social and economic justice movements. Members of the Jewish Service Corps: -Build real world expertise with hands-on work experience. Corps Members are placed with Avodah's partner organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York and Washington, DC. They contribute to our partners' work on crucial justice issues like immigration, hunger, education, public health, and domestic violence. -Develop activist chops and Jewish social justice insights. Avodah's trusted, innovative curriculum develops practical skills, examines the causes and effects of domestic poverty, and looks at justice work through a Jewish lens. -Live and learn in the dynamic Avodah community. Home-cooked meals, late night conversations, and holiday celebrations make living in the bayit (house) memorable and meaningful. -Access activism, professional development, and Jewish opportunities for life. Hundreds of active, engaged, supportive social justice leaders across the country in the Avodah alumni community help with everything from apartment hunts to job references to holiday meals.

Featured Positions
Service Corps Member