Repair the World’s Fellowship has expanded to a two-year program and is accepting applications from young adults who wish to engage in service and Jewish learning, while developing skills and mobilizing peers to address urgent local needs. Fellows are partnered with nonprofits in their community to address education justice, food justice, housing justice, environmental justice, criminal justice, and more. Priority deadline for applications is Feb. 1; March 12 is a second priority deadline; the final deadline for applications is April 16.
The Fellowship is a professional accelerator for young adults passionate about mobilizing their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. Fellows will engage in meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming. With the continued impact of COVID-19 disproportionately impacting the most marginalized in our communities, there is a realization of interdependency amongst community members.
“My time during the Fellowship has shown me that communities are the true reason change happens in the world,” says Pittsburgh Fellow Becca Simon of her time as a first year Fellow. “While things may look different during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pittsburgh community has come together even stronger than ever. I feel honored everyday to serve with so many people who are working towards justice and growth in this amazing city.”
The Fellowship’s expansion reflects a demand from young Jewish adults to deepen their service experience with the communities in which they build meaningful relationships after just one year. Repair’s model offers a platform through which they take action to pursue a just world and—as evaluation shows—ignites a lifelong commitment to service and a connection to Jewish community. Fellows are placed in one of six Repair cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, New York City, Miami, or Pittsburgh.
In addition to direct service and peer engagement, Fellows have time reserved each week for professional development. Grounded in Jewish values around service and social change, the two-year long curriculum builds both practical skills in facilitation, group management, data analysis, and more; as well as exploring Jewish service, social justice, racial and economic justice, and leadership development.
“Embedding in a community to serve for two years is a real opportunity to create change and build meaningful relationships,” adds Zack Block, Senior Director of Communities of Repair the World. “More young adults want to live out their Jewish values and express their identity through service. Repair Fellows do this every day and inspire others to do the same.”
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