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November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

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.

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

my job

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

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

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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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 28, 2009

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October 28, 2009

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.

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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.

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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

October 24, 2009

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October 24, 2009

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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

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.

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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.

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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

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

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.

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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

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

AVODAH is a year long service program, similar to Americorps. The experience that I gained in this program strengthened my knowledge of the field I currently work in and strengthened my commitment and passion to social justice. The friends I made while in AVODAH, have been a source of support and encouragement to me.

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

2007-2008 when I was an AVODAH Corps member. The skills I gained from my placement helped me get a job in a similar field.

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

open up corps in other cities across the US that desperately need committed individuals who would stay for a year and possibly longer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 19, 2009

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October 19, 2009

AVODAH is an amazing program (!) which provides Jewish individuals an experience to learn about social justice within the context of a Jewish framework. For me it was a year of meeting passionate individuals, who work towards the issues they believe in. AVODAH provides young college graduates with an experience of working with various marginalized populations. It is a year of growth and learning. It was a very important year in my life and in my growth of learning and understanding what I value and what is important for me to work towards.

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

it's helping me realize that I want to receive an MSW and work with marginalized populations.

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The year was amazing, and the friends that have remained since are very special people.

Ways to make it better...

You could do two years of the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

I found my year with Avodah privoded an invaluable job experience, fabulous educational experience. and I found friend for life who share my values and interests.

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

brings Jews together with different backgrounds and experiences but similar values. We learned to live together, work together and celebrate Jewish events together. Avodah is unique in connecting to Jews who don't usually identify with Jewish orgs.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 16, 2009

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October 16, 2009

AVODAH provides young Jewish adults with a phenomenal opportunity to engage their Judaism and pursue meaningful vocation. I am truly grateful for the support and challenge that the program provides!

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

... personal and professional growth and learning about the intersections of Judaism and social justice.

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... the outside programming were more focused and challenging. We have been reivewing logistics and failing to really engage the readings that have been selected for our meetings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

I am currently a Corp Member serving my year for AVODAH in Washington DC. I have been in AVODAH for about a month and a half now and am loving my work and the communal living aspect.

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

the ways in which it explores the connection between Jewish historical and religious roots and social justice work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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