Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps

Sparking Jewish Leaders, Igniting Social Change

aka Avodah   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.avodah.net

Mission

Avodah strengthens the Jewish community's fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Cheryl Cook

Main address

Avodah 125 Maiden Lane, Suite 8B

New York, NY 10038 USA

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EIN

13-3914342

NTEE code info

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Jewish (X30)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Avodah's ultimate goal is to fight domestic poverty in the United States and bring about social change.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Avodah Jewish Service Corps

Annually approximately 70 young Jewish adults commit to a year of communal living while serving at various non-profit organizations in New York, Washington DC, Chicago and New Orleans. During the year they learn about their Jewish identity, social justice issues and build relationships in order to support each other to continue working for social change.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

The Justice Fellowship is our program for early-career Jewish professionals and lay leaders working on domestic social and economic issues in New York City and Chicago. Depending on your city, we'll provide you with 6 to 9 months of mentoring, Jewish community, and leadership development, as well as lifetime membership in our extensive alumni network of social justice leaders throughout the country.

Population(s) Served
Jewish people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

Avodah Jewish Service Corps

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Avodah Corps Members serve more than 40,000 people a year or an average of 3,300 people per month.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Religious groups

Related Program

Avodah Jewish Service Corps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

An average of 75 Avodah Corps Members participate in the Avodah Jewish Service Corps every year. An addition 50 Jewish professionals participate in the Avodah Justice Fellowship every year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Avodah's ultimate goal is to fight domestic poverty in the United States and bring about social change. We do this by educating the Jewish community about social justice issues and creating a supportive community for Jews who work in the social justice field.

Avodah has three main strategies. The first is the Jewish Service Corps which is a year-long residential program for young adults which places approximately 75 participants annually within antipoverty organizations while offering after-hours programming. The second is the Justice Fellowship which is a leadership development and community building program for early-career professionals and lay leaders working to advance social justice in America. The third strategy is Avodah's new Institute for Social Change, which aims to train Jewish senior leaders and professionals in social change work to create more equitable, diverse, and effective communities.

Avodah has been active for more than 23 years and has more than 1,300+ alumni. We are well established in five U.S. cities and have a great track record for recruiting strong candidates. Our programs have been constantly refined and improved to meet the needs of our participants and the antipoverty organizations we partner with. Programs are also tailored to address specific local issues. Our alumni network is vibrant and active.

There are more 1,300 alumni living across the United States and other parts of the world and they have assumed leadership roles across the Jewish and nonprofit communities - as professionals, lay leaders, clergy, organizers, activists and volunteers. Most alumni have reported that they remain active in antipoverty or social justice work; that Avodah set them on their current professional path; and that Avodah helped them find their place in the Jewish community. While impactful, Avodah remains a relatively small organization with limited reach. It is our goal over the next few years to improve our name recognition and strengthen our brand so that we may be able to grow and have a larger-scale impact on inequality in America.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lynne Wasserman

Community Volunteer

Angela Buchdahl

Cheryl Cook

Lori Cohen

Alison Hirsh

Jeffrey Levin

Joan Liebermann

Harry Lowenburg

Benetta Mansfield

Margaret O'Connor

Daniel Price

Janna Rosenberg

Jay Hirshson

Lynne Wasserman

Jenna Gold

Natania Gazek

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/14/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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