As a Fellow, you’ll be on a team of 6-8 Fellows in your city. You’ll each be placed with between 1 to 3 non-profits addressing issues of hunger or education, and work as a capacity builder through volunteering and recruiting others to serve. You’ll host educational and social events to encourage your peers to take action, while building meaningful community relationships. Last year our Fellows recruited over 30,000 people to engage in our work.
Become a Fellow
We’re looking for courageous, innovative and compassionate leaders who want to spend 11 months accelerating their professional networks and personal growth, while addressing social inequity through meaningful service and recruiting the Jewish community to volunteer alongside them.
Think you have what it takes? Sign up to be notified when applications open for the 2020-2021 Repair the World Fellowship, beginning in August 2020.
As a Fellow, you’ll receive deep training in a variety of skills including group facilitation, data analysis, public speaking and community engagement. You’ll also spend time learning about Jewish approaches to social justice and dig in deeply with local faculty about inequity in your city. You will also build a broad network of personal and professional contacts through your work as a Fellow.
You could be placed in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Miami, New York (Brooklyn or Harlem), Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh. You’ll live, serve, and learn together with other Fellows in an inclusive, supportive and pluralistic community. Housing, a living stipend, full health insurance, ongoing professional development and other benefits are covered by Repair the World.
Serving With Your Partners
Fellows are placed with local community organizations doing either Food Justice or Education Justice work and will spend between 15-20 hours per week volunteering with their partner sites. Depending on your city and issue area placement, your partners might look different. Take a look here to see our current list of Service Partners where we place Fellows.
Professional Development & Working With Your Cohort
While no day on the Fellowship is the same, most mornings start with a meeting in the Workshop (Repair’s community space). These meetings are a time for professional development, joint planning and team building amongst the cohort. During this time Fellows work to identify opportunities for service with their partners, and strategize and project plan for upcoming educational and social events.
Learning at Repair takes place in 4 week cycles covering Jewish approaches to social justice, issue area learning (food and education), and skill building.
Community Engagement & Relationship Building
As a Fellow, you will spending a year living and serving in partnership with the community where you are placed, recruiting community members to serve along side you with your service partners. To build authentic relationships in your community, you’ll spend your time:
– Attending town halls, community events, lectures, and social gatherings to meet and engage with folks, learning about them, their histories and their passions.
– Having one-on-one conversations (usually over coffee!) with folks in your community to find common interests, passions and connections to your service partners’ volunteer opportunities.
Educational and Social Programming
To engage and inspire community members to take action to volunteer, Fellows plan and execute educational community programming to connect them with service opportunities. Some past programs have included:
-A Shabbat dinner in Prospect Park with over 200 attendees to discuss the intersections of Anti-Semetism and Anti-Racism with Visions CEO Yavilah McCoy.
-A cocktail hour for over 50 people with a panel of Education Justice experts discussing the implications of the School to Prison pipeline.
Leading Groups in Service Learning
As a Fellow, you will be facilitating service and service learning for groups of volunteers, Alternative Break participants, high schoolers and sometimes young families. You will work with your service partners to identify opportunities for volunteers to contribute meaningfully, and will spend time training and facilitating learning for volunteers.
Fellows are provided with continuing education around facilitation, Jewish text, and service learning.
The first step in becoming a Repair the World Fellow is filling out an application. The application includes sharing your resume, filling out some basic information, a few short essay questions, and a short video telling us more about yourself.
First Round Interview
Applicants who are asked to participate in a first round interview will interview virtually with up to two people including a member of Repair the World’s National Program Staff and Fellowship alumni. First round interviews last between 45 minutes to an hour.
Local Staff Interview
Applicants who are moved forward in the process will participate in a second round interview with our Local Program Staff. Applicants at this stage may interview with more than one city. Each interview will last between 45 minutes to an hour.
Applicants who are selected to be Fellows will be notified by email of their status.
Below you will find a list of helpful FAQs that will better help you understand what it means to be a Fellow
“The Repair the World Fellowship is an invaluable opportunity to delve into social justice related concepts, ideas, communities, experiences, neighbors, and friends that you might not have had the chance to have otherwise. Through a Jewish lens the fellowship guides participants into cultivating social change in their respective communities, specifically surrounding food and education justice. Fellows are inevitably exposed to complex issues and values and are encouraged and supported to confront them head on.” – Becca Sufrin (Pittsburgh Fellow ’14-’15)
The 2019-2020 Fellowship will take place from August 19th, 2019 through July 10th, 2020.
Anyone between the ages of 21-26 is eligible to apply for the Fellowship. There is no degree requirement in order to be considered.
“If you are committed to delving into social justice, learning from and about a community (that is potentially not your own), and learning infinite amounts about yourself, you should definitely apply. If you are interested in the Repair the World experience, you should be willing to embrace “productive discomfort” as a means of invaluable personal and professional growth”. – Becca Sufrin (Pittsburgh Fellow ’14-’15)
“If you are passionate about creating a better and equal world for everyone involved, and are ready to join forces with a diverse community of people working hard to create social justice and social equality, you should apply for the RTW fellowship. If you are ready to put yourself in an environment that may challenge the comfort zones you may be used to, and open yours eyes to global happenings you may not have been aware of and can now be a part of a group of people making progressive changes in these areas, you should apply and see yourself in a new light of empathy and capability.” -Taylor Cohen (NYC Fellow ’15-’16)
“I did both the Repair Fellowship and a year of service with another reputable organization. Repair was a much more immersive and individualized experience. Repair offers a lot of professional development and educational opportunities, and I learned a lot about food justice, Judaism, and local issues and movements from the amazing experts and partner organizations we worked with. I gained all kinds of transferable skills that I brought with me to my next job. I felt like Repair invested a lot of time in teaching me the things I really wanted to know and helped work with me on a more personal level to achieve my goals. Living with the other Fellows definitely has its pros and cons, but having a cohort to work and grow with is really valuable, and they’re a great support system!” – Eliana Zimet (Philadelphia Fellow ’15-’16).
“So many things! Many of them will be brand new and exciting, and will most definitely take you right out of your comfort zone. You’ll plan and host events, go to community board meetings, volunteer almost every day, learn about the community your live in in a way you never have before, connect with people of all ages, eat/sleep/breathe teamwork, develop creative ways of reaching people, challenge your beliefs, feel conflicted, meet more people than you can keep track of, go to services all over the place, get your hands dirty, clean things up, make a visible and palpable difference, and make a whole lot of people smile.” -Shannon Ferguson (NYC Fellow ’15-’16)
“You’ll spend a portion of your time with your partner organization(s), supporting them and working around the areas of education justice and food justice. You’ll take time to go on individual meetings with local community members and volunteers, listening to their experiences and working to make sure that all voices are included in your work. You’ll also put together and oversee volunteering events both large and small and feel the joy that comes with getting your hands dirty. Additionally, you’ll plan and facilitate educational events for the community related to a variety of social justice issues. Does that sound like a lot? It sure is. But every day is a new adventure, and there’s always something to learn along the way.” – Stephanie Bello (Philadelphia Fellow’14-’15)
Repair the World focuses on addressing two issues: food justice and education justice. These issues need tremendous attention across the country, and we believe that young people are passionate about addressing these issues. Fellows work together as a city-based team, and each Fellow’s work will be focused on one of these two areas. In the application, Fellows will be able to share their preferred issue area or choose to work wherever they are most needed.
Underlying and intersecting both of these issue areas is racial justice, and how it impacts an individual’s and community’s access to resources and self-sufficiency. Throughout the year as a cohort and with volunteers, participants, and community partners, fellows will explore and address some of the core challenges of racial injustice in our communities and society. As an organization, we see service as building solidarity among neighbors, across religious, racial, and socioeconomic lines and identities, and among Jews and non-Jews. We serve in partnership, by listening to and taking the lead from others so that we honor a multitude of needs and lived experiences. Service, done right, can support forward momentum in striving for racial justice. We also believe that structured yet organic dialogue about critical social issues is a key catalyst that leads us to action in solidarity with our neighbors.
A Fellow addressing food justice in Philadelphia might partner with Philly Farm Crew, a joint program between Repair the World: Philadelphia and Jewish Farm School that increases access to sustainably grown food. Volunteer opportunities are offered at a variety of urban farms and gardens around Philadelphia, in addition to organized community-building events such as potlucks for farmers, volunteers, and those interested in getting involved.
A Fellow addressing education in Pittsburgh might partner with Higher Achievement, which closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors to Higher Achievement scholars throughout the school year. Mentors work with a group of three to four scholars (5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade students) at least once a week and facilitate curriculum in math, literature, social studies, or STEM topics.
Fellows in all cities will also organize public programs that integrate contextual learning, volunteering, and reflection. In the past, Fellows have organized a documentary screening followed by a discussion with a representative from one of Repair the World’s service partners. Other public programs have included a happy hour centered around a social justice conversation, a Passover solidarity seder, and a four-part vacant lot clean-up program for a local synagogue’s 20s and 30s group.
“This is one of my favorite questions because there really is no typical day when you are a fellow. On top of that, every city structures their day and their week a little bit differently. That being said, you can expect to do certain things while you are in the Fellowship and each week in your city. One part of the work that you will be doing as a fellow will be to plan events to engage community members. You’ll spend part of the week collaborating with fellow fellows and your city director to plan social justice themed events that will take place in your local neighborhoods. Another aspect of the program is professional development and learning. Fellows will engage in weekly learning sessions to learn about social justice topics and their communities. Jewish learning is incorporated into this part of the program to strengthen the understanding and connection between Jewish values, social justice, service, and volunteerism. Fellows will also volunteer with local organizations, attend local community events (such as happy hours, campus organization fairs, etc.), and recruit volunteers. While it may seem daunting (or frustrating) that there is “no typical day in the fellowship” it is one of the best things about the program. It allows fellows to be exposed to multiple parts of the nonprofit world and grow in multiple ways. Fellows are able to utilize their strengths and have the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of people those around them.” – Nina Rosenberg (Philadelphia Fellow ’15-’16)
“One of the most exciting parts of the Repair The World fellowship is that your daily schedule is always different. One day you may be volunteering with your Food or Education Justice service partners, teaching coding or getting your hands dirty on an urban garden. And the next day you may be having back to back coffee dates with amazing local young adults interested in the powerful work you’re doing, and working with them to create the perfect volunteer opportunity for their lives. Besides volunteering at your service partners, you will also be working closely with diverse Jewish communities, partnering with them in so many different ways; You may be partnering to put on a beautiful Shabbat dinner together, run a booth at a Temple’s community fair, teach a class on food justice at a local Jewish day school, and so much more. Your days are always changing, and you’re always meeting and working closely with an extremely diverse group of people.” – Taylor Cohen (NYC ’15-’16 Fellow)
“I think what I was most surprised about with the fellowship were the transferable skills. I didn’t realize that I would have a crash course on social media, marketing, networking, event planning, public speaking, data management, a bunch more. These skills along with my newly earned knowledge on social impact issues and techniques for alliance and solidarity have really made me feel like the experience was worth it personally and professionally as well!” – Jon Cohen (NYC Fellow ’15-’16 )
“My communication skills improved immensely through my time with Repair the World. As Fellows are gently nudged outside of their comfort zones in social situations, my experiences taught me how to actively listen and form connections with people that I didn’t previously know. Additionally, being a fellow was instrumental in helping me overcome my biggest fear: public speaking! I began to embrace speaking engagements (from talking around a table of 5 people to presenting in front of a group of 50) and haven’t looked back!” – Becca Sufrin (Pittsburgh Fellow ’14-’15 )
“Training for the Repair The World Fellowship generally takes place in three parts. The first part is an intensive, 4-5 day orientation in a central location with the entire organization, including all staff and all of the new fellows. The goals of National orientation are to familiarize fellows with the nonprofit, introduce them to the mission and the methods, meet the staff and other fellows, and begin working on the skills necessary to be successful within the fellowship. Activities include guest speakers, interactive learning sessions, and fun-filled social events.
The second part of the fellowship training is a more specific, local orientation to your service city and its components. This part is led by the City Director and team leads, and usually lasts between 2 and 3 weeks. Tasks and activities include meeting all of the service partners, learning the ins and outs of the city, acclimating to the living situation, choosing service sites, and brainstorming for the year ahead.
Lastly you’ll have ongoing training weekly with local faculty who are experts in both food and education, as well as skills development and Jewish learning.” – Alex Chmara (Detroit Fellow ’15-’16)
“Repair the World Philly fellows work and live in West Philadelphia, which has a green community feel and right across the Schuylkill river from Center City Philadelphia. The fellows apartments each has a large common area, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and single large rooms for all. The apartments are all in the same building and have a washer and dryer easily accessible. The apartments are close to Clark Park where you can picnic, play chess, and buy produce from the farmers market. You are surrounded by a diverse array of ethnic cuisine such as Ethiopian, Indian and Middle Eastern delicacies. There are a multitude of hidden bars and coffee shops to hang out in, including Green Lines galore!
The Workshop, our community space, is right near University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, which situates us in the perfect location to connect with both newcomers and long time residents in the area. Some of Repair the World Philadelphia’s partners are located in West Philly including West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, Neighborhood Bike Works and Jewish Farm School. Living and working in Philadelphia is a delight and will soon feel like home. Philly is a manageable city and you will quickly learn the landscape. Get excited to explore all that Philly has to offer including its history, delicious foods and beautiful charm.”-
Dani Horn (Philadelphia Team Leader’16-’17)
“Our House is actually a really cool converted rectory of a church that is no longer used as a church, in Southwest Detroit. This neighborhood is lovingly known as Mexicantown, where there is a large Mexican community, amazing local restaurants and parks. There is plenty of space for everyone in the house, full kitchen, dining room and common spaces. The rectory is located just a few blocks from the workshop on the same street! The living quarters are located near a variety of grocery stores, restaurants, corner stores, gas stations, recreational spots, and more.
Fellows will serve the entire Detroit community, which is very spread out and diverse. Service sites include the after school program in Northwest Detroit, Keep Growing Detroit – an urban farm in the middle of the city, as well as food pantries in Southwest Detroit.” – Alex Chmara (Detroit Fellow ’15-’16)
“Welcome to East Liberty (or ‘Sliberty, as it’s known by Yinzers – those are native super-Pittsburghers, for all yinz new Pittsburghers), in Pittsburgh’s East End. Old old houses and slick new condos, Zeke’s Coffee, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and the Cathedral of Hope, potholes and parks, gentrification and artistic innovation, and lots of people to meet and ways to volunteer!
It’s one-half of a big house that was divided into a duplex, and just renovated in 2015 (my cohort broke it in for ya; you’re welcome!). You’ll be a 5-10 minute walk from the Workshop and several bus lines and a 15-20 minute walk to several grocery stores, Target, and Highland Park (which is both the name of a neighborhood and an actual city park).” – Becca Sufrin ( Pittsburgh Fellow’14-’15)
New York City (Brooklyn)
“808 Nostrand Avenue is a legendary place of its own. The Workshop, as Fellows call it, is located in the heart of Crown Heights. When you step outside of your apartment, you will be right in the community you will be serving. Within a quick walk, you can be at Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, amazing nightlife, and quite a few of the service partners you will work with. The aesthetics of Crown Heights are wonderful. It is really the warm, friendly people that make the community.
Repair the World NYC operates in a three-story building, directly between a West Indian bakery and wine shop. The first story is the Workshop, the center of your fellowship year. Directly above you is where you will be living in two HUMONGOUS apartments, fully furnished and ready for you. The rooms are a combination of singles and doubles with an amazing common area and kitchen space. After a long day of volunteering, the common space is the perfect place to sit back with fellow Fellows and debrief the day. I believe I can speak for all NYC Fellows when I say Crown Heights is the most amazing place in New York.” – Andrew Davidov (NYC ’15-’16 Fellow).
New York City (Harlem)
Our first full cohort will be launched in Harlem this upcoming year! Check back here later in the year to learn more.
Our first cohort will be launched in Miami this upcoming year! Check back here later in the year to learn more.
You’ll receive a living stipend of $600 per month. You can choose to participate in a basic health insurance plan at no cost to you. You’ll also receive an additional stipend of $1,000 when you complete the program.
Fellows are responsible for arranging and covering the cost of their own transportation and baggage fees from their city of origin to Orientation at the beginning of the Fellowship, and from the placement city to the Fellow’s city of origin or next city where they will reside. However, financial assistance to subsidize the cost of travel is available to those in need, and can be confidentially requested before making travel arrangements. Repair the World will ensure that the cost of travel to and from the program will not be a barrier to participating in the program.
All Fellows may be eligible for loan deferment during the Fellowship term. You must request deferment directly from your loan servicer, and ultimately it is the decision of the loan servicer. We can provide any documentation you may need to request or secure deferment. According to the U.S. Dept of Education, interest will always continue to accrue on loans that are deferred.
Learn to compromise. It’s not going to be perfect 100% of the time, but nothing is! Be compassionate and assume positive intent when your roommates behave differently than you expect them to. You may all have signed up for the same year of service, but you’re all as different as can be. Get to know each other on a personal level. You will meet with your cohort on a regular basis to discuss how to split up house chores, cleaning, and other duties. – Shannon Ferguson (NYC Fellow ’15-’16 )
You will be living with people who have different lifestyles and follow the many unique branches of Judaism. Every decision is made with the whole fellowship cohort to make sure that everyone feels comfortable with the living arrangements. There are monthly check-ins with the fellows to make sure that everyone is satisfied with their living arrangement. The Repair The World staff welcomes any feedback and are excellent at making sure that everyone feels safe and comfortable. -Azriel Cochini-Beck (NYC Fellow ’15-’16 )
“The Repair Fellowship is not only accommodating but embraces Jewish practice as you find meaningful. The Fellows are free to negotiate how they want to set up their living space, and with two kitchens it is easy to make one kitchen kosher (or vegetarian, as we did in my Fellowship year). In addition, Repair has kosher options at every community event. One of the things I really liked about the Fellowship was that everyone respected what you found valuable and worked together to ensure you were comfortable and included. This applies to religious practice, such as keeping kosher or keeping Shabbat, or anything else you find especially important and meaningful to you.” -Pnina Tranen (NYC Fellow ’15-’16 )
The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone age 21-26.
We also seek to build a community in which all people, including Jews and Non-Jews of color, individuals with disabilities, from working-class backgrounds, and transgender and gender non-conforming folks, find a supportive environment that is focused on their leadership.
No, you do not.
Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all members of the community. You don’t need to be Jewish to be a Repair the World Fellow. You do need to be excited about mobilizing the Jewish community to serve. You should also be ready to explore how Jewish values, history, and customs inform our responsibility for creating a better and more just world. We’re excited to work with you!
The first step in becoming a Repair the World Fellow is filling out the application. You can begin an application and save it at anytime, just make sure to click the box that says “Save my progress and resume later”. Once you do that, you’ll create a username and password, and will get an email with a link to resume your application. Priority applications are due January 31st.
If you have a technical issue, please email our Fellowship Team at [email protected] and we will assist you as quickly as possible.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cohort.
If you are still interested in applying and would like to be notified when applications open for the 2020-2021 Repair the World Fellowship, beginning in August 2020, please submit your contact information at the top of the page.
The application allows us at Repair the World to understand who you are and what is important to you. This is your first chance to tell us about your passions and experiences and to learn more about the Fellowship. We will ask you to answer a video question and write a couple of short personal essays about your background and interests. Select candidates will be invited for an interview, usually via video conference.
Applications to the Repair the World Fellowship are due January 29 to be considered for our Priority Deadline. Applications at this deadline are given a guaranteed notification of acceptance or rejection by March 19. As well candidates who are accepted during the Priority Deadline have a higher chance of receiving their city and issue area of choice.
After the March 19 decision date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis according to spaces left in the Fellowship.
We know that there are a diversity of communicators out there in the world. Our application for the most part allows writers to express themselves well, and we want to give other communication styles opportunity as well.
We don’t judge your video based on quality or editing, but want to give you an opportunity to tell us about you in your own words.
In evaluating applications, we hold all parts (resume, essays, experience, video) in the same regard and know that we are learning about you as a whole person.
We ask for two letters of recommendation. In the application, you will submit the contact information for your recommenders. We will send them a brief evaluation form with a way to upload a letter of recommendation.
Someone who knows you and your leadership work well! For example:
– An academic advisor, professor, or teacher with whom you worked closely. We ask that you only submit one academic reference.
– A former supervisor from a job, internship, or volunteer position
– A co-worker.
Please don’t include friends or family members as references.
Yes. Due to the nature of the volunteer work, all Fellows must successfully pass a criminal background check.
Be in touch! You can direct questions to Sam Kuttner, Fellowship Director at [email protected]