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AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps is a network of youngpeople fighting poverty in the United States, growing as leaders and creating change at the intersection of Judaism and social justice. These changemakers work on a variety of issues, while also growing as leaders and cross-pollinating in a shifting Jewish community.

Since 1998, nearly 600 AVODAH participants have worked with front-line non-profit organizations to bring critical services to over 340,000 individuals coping with the challenges of poverty. They address pressing social needs in low-income communities in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and beyond. AVODAH alumni are at the forefront of the Jewish community’s fight against domestic poverty as public interest lawyers, social workers, nonprofit professionals, rabbis and lay leaders.

Follow AVODAH online on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Flickr. Via AVODAH’s blog Jewish Voices Pursuing Justice, these emerging leaders reflect on issues related to the causes and effects of poverty in the United States, the importance of service and the value of community in making it all happen.

Entries by AVODAH

The Floor Beneath Our Feet

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:51 AM

By Jonathan Huberman

This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty.

Last year, I participated in AVODAH's Jewish Service Corps in New York City, engaging in antipoverty work, leadership development, and communal living with my fellow corps members. AVODAH placed me with the New York...

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'Hineni' in Our 21st Century Lives

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 1:31 PM

By Nettie Faratci

A large part of my position at N Street Village, a social services agency in Washington, D.C., entails working with previously incarcerated women who are in recovery from substance abuse. To be honest, their status as former inmates is not something I deeply dwell on. It almost...

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Wealth Accumulation, Race and The American Ashkenazi Jewish Experience

(3) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 12:19 PM

By Sarah Brammer-Shlay

"She's not white, she's Jewish." Ever heard this before? Sometimes I would like to say this about myself, but it is untrue. I am an Ashkenazi Jew, but my European heritage is much less central than my Jewish heritage. I am a proud Jew but a proud...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: A Story of Human Trafficking

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:16 PM

By Ilana Herr

It's my second week on the job and I am sitting in a doctor's office awaiting test results. And I'm nervous. I'm nervous to be sitting in an unfamiliar doctor's office. I'm nervous because it's only my second week at a new job. I'm nervous because I...

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