AVODAH Fellowship Application Form

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 AVODAH Fellowship! The AVODAH Fellowship supports young Jewish leaders as they grow their careers working to end poverty in the United States.

Please read carefully through the information below before filling out an application!

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

We are seeking dynamic and engaged young leaders who:

- have worked for 1-5 years for organizations working to combat the causes and effects of poverty;
- have a demonstrated interest in exploring the intersections of Jewish life and identity and antipoverty work;
- have a commitment to personal growth;
- are actively interested in building community;
- have a desire to be part of a group learning environment and intentional network during and after the Fellowship

We encourage people of all Jewish backgrounds to apply, and prior knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts is not required. Retreats will feature kosher food and Shabbat-friendly activities.

WHAT ARE YOU COMMITTING TO?

Being an AVODAH Fellow is a unique and prestigious experience that will strengthen your skills, networks and Jewish context. For that reason, we ask Fellows to be fully present at all of the following events. If you are selected for the Fellowship, we will ask you to commit to:

- Attending the biweekly sessions on Tuesday evenings beginning on January 14th and ending in late July. You will be expected to attend all sessions.
- Attending 4 day-long Sunday sessions.
- Joining in occasional Shabbat celebrations
- Attending two weekend-long retreats that include a pluralistic celebration of Shabbat. You must attend both retreats to participate in the Fellowship and should plan to take off those two Friday afternoons so you can get to the retreat on time.
- Participating in mentoring meetings with AVODAH staff, other fellows and additional mentors.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Please check and hold the dates for the AVODAH Fellowship meetings and retreats in your calendar. Due to the intensive and concentrated nature of the Fellowship and AVODAH’s goal of building a cohesive community, participants must be able to attend all trainings and retreats. The dates and locations are:

- Tuesday evening programs on: January 14th, January 28th, February 11th, February 25th, March 11th, March 25th, April 8th, April 29th, May 13th, May 27th, June 10th, June 24th, July 8th, and July 22nd.
- A full weekend retreat from Friday, January 31st through Sunday, February 2nd.
- Full-day programs on the following Sundays: February 23rd, March 30th, May 4th, and June 8th.
- A full weekend retreat from Friday, July 18th through Sunday, July 20th.

2. Answer each of the essay application questions in a paragraph or two.

3. Complete a short (3-5 minutes) video essay where you choose a text that is meaningful for you and tell us about it - this could be a poem, excerpt from a book, ancient or modern Jewish text, etc. Why is it meaningful? How does it connect to your values? How does it inform your work for justice? Please send both the text and video to Sarra Alpert using this link: http://tinyurl.com/kymoseb. Be sure to name the file with your first and last name (for example: "Sarra Alpert - Video"). Video files must be no larger than 2.9 GB.

4. In addition, please send a copy of your resume. The resume should include previous work and volunteer experience, any relevant training you've participated in, as well as the names and contact information for at least two references who have worked with you in some capacity (professional, lay, volunteer, etc.) in the past year. One must be from your current supervisor. Their contact information should include: full name, position title, organization name, email address and phone number. Please send to Sarra Alpert using this link: http://tinyurl.com/kymoseb. Be sure to name the file with your first and last name. For example: "Sarra Alpert - Resume"

5. In addition to including the contact information for your references in your resume, please also share the following link with at least 2 recommenders and ask them to complete the short written reference there. All references must be submitted by the deadline.

Recommendation Link: http://bit.ly/13TCAMo

6. The initial deadline for AVODAH Fellowship applications is November 12th, 2013. At that point, the process will shift to a rolling application until all spots are filled.

7. Employers will be asked to pay a $500 registration fee for Fellows’ participation in this high-quality professional development experience. If your organization is unable to pay this fee, please note that in your application. If you are accepted into the program, we will work with you to find a solution. Organizational ability to cover this cost will not be a barrier to participation in this program

Still have questions? We’re happy to talk with you! Contact Fellowship director, Sarra Alpert, at salpert@avodah.net or 212-545-7759 x301.

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