What’s Jewish About Justice?
Join with other young adults to take action, learn skills, build community, get inspired, and draw from our tradition.
Jeremiah Fellows learn critical leadership skills while taking part in social and economic justice campaigns. As a community, the Fellows explore their own Jewish identity and support each other in furthering their commitment to act to promote justice.
The Jeremiah Fellowship gives Jews who are committed to economic and social justice the opportunity to explore how Jewish values, culture and community support and further their goals. Throughout the program, which lasts nine months, Fellows meet together regularly for skill building sessions, Jewish study and reflection, and mutual support. They engage in and help lead local community organizing campaigns, and take part in community service and advocacy. Jeremiah Fellows are guided and mentored throughout the program by an experienced organizer.
Who Should Apply?
Jeremiah is for 22-32 year old Jews who live in a Jeremiah region (Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, DC). The most important requirements are openness to new ideas, a desire to be part of a learning community, an interest in gaining new skills and knowledge, and the willingness to offer your strengths and experiences to the group and to your community. Recommend someone you think would be a great addition to the program.
What Are the Elements of the Fellowship?
- Evening sessions twice a month
- Two weekend retreats
- Field days
- An action project
- A fundraising project
While the Fellowship is a significant commitment, it is compatible with a full-time work or school load.
What Happens When I’m Done?
Fellows emerge from the Jeremiah program with the organizing skills to become successful social justice leaders. They become part of a dynamic and collaborative community of organizers, activists, faith leaders and community residents working together to create economic opportunity and social justice.
As Tera Greene, a Fellow who graduated the program in June of 2012, put it:
When I became a Jeremiah Fellow I didn’t know just how much of a transformative experience it would be. I am thankful for the many opportunities I have had because of being actively involved with Bend the Arc. Being able to say yes to invitations to engage volunteers, celebrated lay leaders, the White House and prominent civil rights activists has been powerful. I’ve come to know that when Bend the Arc calls, it’s time to say yes, take action and dive in.
Bend the Arc currently offers Jeremiah Fellowships in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Jews United for Justice offers the program in Washington, D.C.
Apply to Join the Jeremiah Fellowship
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Jeremiah Fellowship. Be sure to check back in Spring 2013 for more information on how to apply to the 2013-2014 Fellowship in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
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