As Jewish institutions re-examine their organizational cultures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, movements for racial justice, and calls for more diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities, Avodah, the 23-year-old national Jewish social justice organization, will launch a groundbreaking initiative, the Avodah Institute for Social Change, with leaders from across the North American Hillel movement as its debut cohort.
Among the leaders selected for this new initiative is Rabbi Ilan Schwartz of Emory Hillel. Rabbi Ilan Schwartz will take part in an effort to center tzedek, justice, as fundamental to Jewish life.
The Institute’s programs and materials will cover topics including methods of social change; intersectionality and cross-issue movement building; community organizing; antiracism and allyship; antisemitism and its intersections with other forms of oppression; tools for dialogue and hard conversations; and qualities of leading justly no matter the issue. Synagogue leaders from across the nation took part in the Institute's pilot clergy workshops this past fall and more than 800 Jewish community leaders are already using the Institute's first resources, a Racial Justice Guide for Jewish organizations and Transformative Teshuvah: a guide for a more just world.
The Hillel cohort will run from January - June 2022 and Avodah is currently recruiting for additional cohorts. Click here to learn more or to have your organization, synagogue, Board of Directors, or Jewish institution take part in a cohort or workshop.
Founded in 1998, Avodah develops lifelong social justice leaders whose work is informed by Jewish values and who inspire the Jewish community to work toward a more just and equitable world. Avodah’s programming provides leaders working within the Jewish community and beyond with the tools, networks, and spiritual nourishment to fight the root causes of injustice. Its many programmatic offerings include the Jewish Service Corps, the Avodah Justice Fellowship, and the new Avodah Institute for Social Change. To learn more about Avodah visit www.avodah.net and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Youtube.