AVODAH The Jewish Service Corps Inc

Rating: 4.9 stars   73 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy, Religion

Location: 45 West 36th Street 8th Floor New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps engages young people in direct work on the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. Participants in our service Corps program live out and deepen their commitments to social change and Jewish life through a year of full-time work at anti-poverty organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, DC.  This work partners Corps members with service providers and residents in low income communities and equips our Corps members and alumni to emerge as lifelong agents for social change, whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values. After participants complete this intensive one-year program, AVODAH’s partnership with American Jewish World Service provides a broad platform for long-term leadership in social change and Jewish life.
Geographic areas served: United States

2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As a AVODAH corps member, I spent a year living in a communal house and working in a local nonprofit. The AVODAH program and staff were very supportive around the communal living stuff and work stuff, did not push me Jewishly as much as I had hoped.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my job

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

incorporate more leadership by corps members in the educational/communal progamming

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being part of a cohort of young adult jews

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generally awesome!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

start in a new city!

Ways to make it better...

I had made more use of the resources available

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding, providing jewish programming that's accessible and challenging to participants with such a wide range of backgrounds and interests

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Through AVODAH I had an incredible year working with low-income seniors in New York City. I was part social worker, part pharmacist, and part advocate on behalf of hundreds of Medicare beneficiaries, and my work during AVODAH led me to attend law school. In addition to being the spark that I hope will develop into a rewarding public interest legal career, I made some incredible friends throughout the year - people who have supported me through tough times and celebrated with me in the good times.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of real people as well as government policy. Avodah's year long service program is so unique, & fills a need for dozens of nonprofit organizations across the country doing incredibly worthwhile work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. In all seriousness, Avodah is already changing the lives of both its Corps members (many of us have decided to dedicate our lives to work with the most vulnerable members of society), & it also has a life-changing impact on our clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

A truly meaningful, life-changing experience. I became more aware of the world I live in while also learning about myself. I met amazing people and connected to a community that inspires and accomplishes incredible things.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the inspiring people and experiences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

AVODAH is amazing! It provides young Jews with an opportunity to expand their Jewish sense of identity at time when we are unstable with who we are and where we stand in the world. An instant community of Jews and like minded individuals are basically served to us on a golden platter, as well as real world experience serving people and communities that are important to us.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to every nonprofit and provide them with a valuable, knowledgeable service corp member who would work for limited income.

Ways to make it better...

I had been to israel, or knew Hebrew, I could have had a deeper understanding about Judaism and connection with the other ind.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My experience with Avodah has been transformative. It has changed my vision of the world and how Judaism and social justice are important in my own life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve clients at antipoverty organizations throughout the country and could develop hundreds of young Jews into leaders in the movement for social justice

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Housing Unlimited, Inc. (HUI) is fortunate to have an Avodah participant-- Joshua Neirman-- work full-time this year with HUI. Josh has been an outstanding addition to our staff-- he cares deeply about our mission (HUI provides affordable housing to low income adults with psychiatric disabilities), he is very kind and respectful towards the people we serve, and he is a true team player-- happy to chip in with the large and small tasks that must be completed to keep HUI up and running. The Avodah supervisory staff is very organized and communicate regularly and clearly with HUI to ensure everything is going smoothly.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deeply concerned about tikkun olam-- about making the world a better place for the most vulnerable amongst us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been receiving AVODAH volunteers to help run our legal clinic for seven years. They have been outstanding workers and friends. The quality of people AVODAH gets each year to donate their time to helping the poor with our and other organizations is incredible. AVODAH not only instills a strong sense of Jewish tradition and values in its members, it provides crucial services to this country's poor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having great help to be the hub of our legal clinic for the last seven years. Without AVODAH, I am not sure where we would have gotten resources to run our clinic. Many of them also know how to spell "personally" correctly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

reduce the administrative stuff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The fantastic people I've gotten to work with, supervise, and befriend.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

male and female. I have no idea what you're asking here, but I'll say that I received AVODAH volunteers through the program. They have been great.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire better survey takers.

Ways to make it better...

They had just a little bit less administrative stuff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The reason for my ongoing involvement with Avodah is because my participation in this program has helped to amplify multiple songs in my soul and set them into powerful harmony. The song of Jewish community and intentional relationships. The song of social action. The song of taking up the fight against injustice. And the song of doing what’s right, of doing what’s human. I sing these songs loudly now, and with others who know the tune, the words, … the meaning.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievable. Many of the people I met during my year in AVODAH and who are alums of the program are among my closest and dearest friends.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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9 people found this review helpful

As an AVODAH Corps Member, I had the opportunity to live together with other Jewish young adults, exploring together the connection between Judaism and Social Justice, and working full time at a non-profit. We had very meaningful workshops weekly covering topics from housing, to racism, to mental health. It also gave me the opportunity to explore my Jewish traditions and learn about others'. AVODAH was a positive step to get into the world of non-profit. After my year in AVODAH my organization offered me a full time position and I am still employed there. I still actively engage with AVODAH, interacting with new corps members as well as alumni.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that I have gained more insight into problems in our society that lead to poverty as well as steps to improve them. Also, I had the opportunity to explore my Jewish practices and to work in a non-profit organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting amazing people, gaining work experience, exploring my Judaism, attending workshops on social Justice, staying connected as an alumnus and having an extremely supportive alumni community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely supportive and open to helping and offering advice to all corps members. Even as an alum, the staff continues to offer guidance and support.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to more cities, give this amazing opportunity to more young adults, and continue to help make positive change! The money could help pay for corps members' placements so more organizations could take on corps members.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

AVODAH provided exposure, experience, and support in the social service world, all within a Jewish, social justice framework. My positive experience was a major factor in my decision to pursue an MSW/MPH degree.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how it propelled me toward my goal of becoming an effective advocate for underserved communities and an agent of change for social justice for people from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-8-01

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