With the support of my cohort and Bend the Arc staff, I joined forces with other volunteer leaders and proposed the idea of what has become our long-term campaign for Progressive Taxation and the Common Good.
- Jo Gordon, 2011-2012 Jeremiah Fellow
What’s Jewish About Justice?
At Bend the Arc, we take pride in the American Jewish legacy of taking action to advance justice and equality. History shows that our Jewish values, traditions, texts, history, faith and culture can contribute to solving America's most pressing issues.
The Jeremiah Fellowship gives young Jews who are committed to economic and social justice the opportunity to explore how Jewish values, culture and community can support and further their goals. Throughout the program, which lasts seven months, Fellows meet together regularly for skill building sessions, Jewish study and reflection, and mutual support. As a community, the Fellows explore their own Jewish identity and support each other in furthering their commitment to act to promote justice. Fellows learn critical leadership skills while taking part in Bend the Arc's social and economic justice campaigns and advocacy. Jeremiah Fellows are guided and mentored throughout the program by an experienced organizer.
Join with other young adults to strengthen your leadership as a Jeremiah Fellow!
Who Should Apply?
The Jeremiah Fellowship is for 22-32 year old Jews who live in a Jeremiah region (Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area). The most important requirements are openness to new ideas, a desire to be part of a learning community, the ability to make and fulfill commitments, an interest in gaining new skills and knowledge, and the willingness to offer your strengths and experiences to the group and to your community.
The Jeremiah Fellowship is also offered in Washington, D.C., by Bend the Arc affiliate Jews United for Justice. Go to Jews United for Justice's website to learn about the D.C. Jeremiah Fellowship.
What Are the Elements of the Fellowship?
- Daylong Sunday sessions once a month
- Two weekend retreats
- Active participation and leadership on Bend the Arc organizing or issue area work
While the Fellowship is a significant commitment, it is compatible with a full-time work or school load.
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What Happens When I’m Done?
Graduates emerge from the Jeremiah Fellowship with the organizing and advocacy skills to become successful social justice leaders. They join the alumni community of 200+ past Fellows, thus becoming part of a dynamic and collaborative community of organizers, advocates, faith leaders and community members working together to create economic opportunity and social justice. Jeremiah Fellows are encouraged to continue to build the movement for justice through Bend the Arc. Many Fellows continue to work with Bend the Arc through our campaigns and have access to trainings and other resources provided by Bend the Arc. In addition, past Fellows have self-organized alumni events for their cohorts.
Three things you should know about the application process:
- Deadline: Applications are due by September 30, 2013.
- Interviews: A shortlist of applicants will be invited to in-person interviews, which last about an hour, between October 16-17 and 21-24, 2013.
- Decision: Candidates will be notified of their acceptance status by November 6, 2013.
Bend the Arc Jeremiah Fellow Lia Mandelbaum reflects on the roots of suffering and violence in social disconnnection.