JOIN FOR JUSTICE
October 30, 2009
JOI is uniquely poised to train young adults to develop their own leadership skills and strengthen both the Jewish and secular communities from the ground up. As a fellow, I was given the invaluable opportunity to work and reflect weekly alongside other Jewish young adults with different levels of observance and different political and social values, but a shared passion for tzedek (justice) and tikkun olam (repair of the world). As a result, I came to examine my own Jewish beliefs and values and finally found a way "back in" to the Judaism I'd been growing apart from since becoming bat mitzvah. While I'd previously frequented synagogues and Jewish events in the community, no other Jewish program connected my core values and beliefs with Jewish education and skills-building in a concrete, experiential, identity-shifting way. Later, I volunteered as a "mentor/buddy" to two current fellows for 2 years and assisted in developing and facilitating the training for other buddies. I've experienced both first-hand and as a volunteer how JOI transforms lives--both the lives of the fellows and those who are engaged by fellows to transform and impact their communities. For the past 4 years, I've shared lessons learned at JOI in my work building Jewish community with college students. An investment in JOI is an investment not just in the lives of the individual fellows, but in the communities and lives of all that those fellows will shape throughout their lifetimes, and all that the impacted leaders they've developed will go on to change, etc. etc.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
using skills like power mapping, fundraising/friendraising, 1-to-1's, etc. in my work on college campuses and being actively involved in the Jewish community once again--a dues-paying synagogue member.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the concrete skills and knowledge gained through trainings, weekly sessions, and retreats.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
committed, dedicated, intelligent, multi-taskers with real-world experience in community organizing.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
develop chapters all around the country, doing a great deal more good.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & I was a JOI fellow in 2002-2003 and changed my career as a result.