We’re excited to introduce our first-ever cohort of the AVODAH Fellowship, a leadership development and community-building program for early career Jewish professionals working to alleviate poverty in the United States. The newest members of the AVODAH network come from a diverse range of highly respected organizations, including City Harvest, Planned Parenthood, the Innocence Project, and Bend the Arc.
The AVODAH Fellowship is our newest program, and embodies our commitment to preparing more Jewish leaders to deepen their impact on the fight against poverty in the United States. “I’m delighted to see AVODAH growing in this way with such a group of extraordinary individuals,” says AVODAH’s executive director Marilyn Sneiderman. “The Fellows have brought tremendous energy to our program, and they represent an important step forward in AVODAH’s mission of inspiring lifelong leaders for social change.”
Over the coming months, the Fellows will focus on community-building, leadership development, and studying the dynamics of poverty, while connecting their work to Jewish values. In addition, they will participate in joint programming with members of our Service Corps, and ultimately, will join our extensive alumni network of antipoverty leaders.
According to Sarra Alpert, who was herself an AVODAH corps member in New York in 2002-2003 and is now AVODAH’s New York Director in charge of the Fellowship: “It is so exciting to explore a new approach to establishing the kind of deeply engaged, passionate, supportive, critically-thinking community of emerging Jewish social justice leaders that we’ve been building so well through our Service Corps for so many years. This innovation is so organic to our mission and our strengths. It’s really wonderful to see AVODAH’s approach energize, inspire and connect an entirely new subset of this population.”
The AVODAH Fellowship is generously supported through grants from The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation, The Brenner Family Foundation, The Dorot Foundation, The Gimprich Family Foundation, The Righteous Persons Foundation, and The Samberg Family Foundation.
In addition, we are grateful to the members of the AVODAH Fellowship Founders’ Circle for their early and generous support of this initiative: The Laurence and Carolyn Belfer Family Foundation, Jules Bernstein and Linda Lipsett, Rabbi/Cantor Angela and Jacob Buchdahl, Lori Cohen and Christopher Rothko, Craig Emden, Debbie Goldman, Fran Goldman, Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas, William F. Gorin, Sally Gottesman, Lori Grey, Steven and Lynette Koppel, Sanford and Carol Krieger, Sheila and Bill Lambert, Rabbi Joy Levitt, Dr. Jacqueline Mondros, Abigail Pogrebin and David Shapiro, Benetta Mansfield and Kalman Resnick, Rabbis Jennie and David Rosenn, Saul Schapiro, Sheryl and Barry Schwartz, Wendy and Jeffrey Schwarz, Gene Sofer, Jonathan Springer, Susan and Jeffrey Stern, Ruth and Andrew Suzman, Rabbi Lewis Warshauer, and Una Chae and Jonathan Zucker.