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Become a Fellow

Activate your Jewish values by spending two years deepening your commitment to service and connection to your community. Applications for the Repair the World Fellowship are now open. Our priority deadline is February 1st, 2022.

Apply today!

The Work You’ll Do

As a first year fellow, you’ll be partnered with two to three local nonprofits addressing immediate needs in your community such as food, education, environment, housing, racial or criminal justice. Through the lens of Jewish wisdom and values, you will spend your time directly serving with these partner organizations, recruiting others to serve alongside you, getting to know your community, and getting to know yourself. In your second year, as a senior fellow, you will amplify your impact by leading others in service and facilitating Jewish service-learning experiences to inspire your local community to take action. You will also host educational and social events, and hone in on your individual passions.

The Ways You'll Grow

As a fellow, you will have time each week dedicated to learning and professional development grounded in Repair’s seven organizational values. This includes engaging with experienced national professionals with expertise in a wide range of social justice topics, Jewish wisdom, and anti-racism training. You’ll also learn from local experts leading sessions specifically designed around the communities in which you will live and serve. In addition, you will develop key professional skills that will benefit you in your future career including program and education facilitation, project management, social media and email marketing, and data entry.

Where You'll Serve

Fellows serve in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, or Pittsburgh. To see a list of our current partner organizations for each city, click here.

Fellowship Experience

Application Process

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Application

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, answering a few short essay questions, and recording a short video telling us more about yourself. Our first priority deadline for applications is February 1, 2022. Applying by this first deadline means you have a greater likelihood of being placed with your first choice city. The final deadline to submit an application is March 15, 2022.

 

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First Round Interview

Applicants who are asked to participate in a first round interview will interview virtually with up to two Repair staff or stakeholders. This interview is to assess an applicant’s fit with the Fellowship program. First round interviews last about 30 minutes.

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Second Round Interview

Applicants who are moved forward in the process will then participate in a second round interview with staff on our city teams. This interview is to assess an applicant’s fit in a particular city. Applicants at this stage may interview with more than one city based on the discretion of Repair staff. Second round interviews will last about an hour.

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Decision

Applicants who are selected to be fellows will be notified by email of their status. Applicants who apply by the first priority deadline will be given notice of their status by March 1, 2022. Applicants who apply by the final deadline will be notified of their status by April 12, 2022.

Below you will find a list of helpful FAQs that will help you better understand what it means to be a Fellow

The Repair the World Fellowship is a two-year, full time, immersive service and Jewish learning opportunity for young adults passionate about mobilizing local Jewish communities to volunteer. Based in one of seven communities throughout the United States, fellows spend two years volunteering with local partner organizations, learning the ins and outs of working at a non-profit, developing their event planning skills, getting to know a community, building a nuanced racial justice lens, and getting to know themselves as they work to build a more just world through service. Fellows will engage the Jewish community in meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming, mobilizing their peers to serve alongside them at local organizations. The Repair the World Fellowship is for courageous, innovative, and compassionate leaders who want to spend two years launching their professional careers at the intersection of volunteerism, social justice, and Jewish engagement.

The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone aged 21-26 (as of August 2022), who is authorized to work in the United States.

Repair seeks to build a community in which all people, including People of Color, Jews of Color, Jewish or non-Jewish, individuals with disabilities, from working-class backgrounds, and transgender and gender non-conforming folks, find a supportive environment that is focused on their growth as individuals and professionals.

Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all community members. While applicants do not need to be Jewish to apply, they should be excited about mobilizing the Jewish community to volunteer and exploring the intersections of Judaism, service, and justice (tzedek).

The two-year Fellowship experience begins August 15, 2022 and concludes July 5, 2024.

The Repair the World Fellowship is uniquely set up to help our fellows accelerate their professional growth at the intersection of service, Jewish social justice, and community engagement. 

Our two-year model allows our fellows spend their first year engaged in direct service, and deep training and learning around Jewish engagement through a lens of social, racial, and economic justice. In their second year, our fellows take on increased community leadership in community programming, Jewish service campaigns, volunteer recruitment efforts, large-scale facilitation, and managing relationships with partner organizations.

As well, you’ll be working with a community of other fellows who are taking on the same mission with their partners, which creates a unique and supportive environment of others on the same two-year-long journey.

There are a few other ways we think our program is special:

Wide Range of Skill Development: Repair the World fellows take on a variety of responsibilities that can contribute to their personal and professional growth. For example, fellows are given “Internal Team Roles,” where they receive specialized training from our national staff to manage their city’s communications, social media, education, and data. In this manner, they develop clear, transferable professional skills.

Exposure to Variety of Organizations: Fellows are paired with one to three service partners, providing the opportunity to be exposed to multiple non-profits.

Weekly Learning: All fellows participate in weekly learning sessions that focus on a variety of topics, such as local social justice issues, Jewish learning, and building professional skills.

Graduate Degree Partnerships: Through exclusive partnerships with universities, Fellowship alumni are eligible for exclusive scholarship opportunities and waived application fees to continue pursuing their passions through higher education.

No one day in the Fellowship is the same! As a fellow you will participate in a variety of experiences, to both learn from your community and engage them to serve with you.

Plan and Execute Community Events: You will plan and execute educational and service-learning events to engage the Jewish community in issues around social justice.

Engage in Deep Local LearningExplore the relationship between Judaism and justice, and delve into local social justice issues through learning from community members, local faculty educators, and your co-fellows.

Become Expert Facilitators: Facilitate service learning experiences in your community, focusing on the intersections of Jewish wisdom and social justice.

Create True Connections To Your CommunityAs a fellow, you’ll spend time going to community meetings, meeting one-on-one with community members, learning about their interests and connecting them to local volunteer opportunities.

Through all of this you will have the support of your local staff and co-fellows who have all embarked on this adventure with you. One of our alumni captured the experience as the following:

“[What will you do this year?] 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 (Fellow, Repair the World NYC  ’15-’16)

Want to talk to a current fellow about the experience? Contact [email protected].

The Fellowship is a broad experience during which you’ll wear many different hats. Our alumni share that the variety of experiences they have had allow them access to a lot of different job opportunities after the Fellowship. Some of the skills and concepts we train our fellows in during the year include:

Jewish Knowledge: Fellows will learn about the intersection of Jewish values and social justice and how to facilitate others in Jewish service-learning.

Facilitation Skills: How to facilitate in a wide variety of situations to a variety of age groups on topics related to service, inequity, racial justice, and Jewish values.

Service Learning: Through a Jewish lens, fellows will learn how to put together impactful learning for a variety of ages and identities, that will drive people to continue to volunteer.

Project Management: Fellows will learn how to (from start to finish) design large scale projects, create communication and management systems, and learn to delegate and laterally manage others to achieve ambitious outcomes.

People and Self- Management Skills: We train our fellows on how to manage up and successfully work with a supervisor, as well as how to laterally manage peers on projects. Fellows also build skills such in time-management, goal-setting, feedback, and professional communication. Lastly, fellows learn how to manage large groups of volunteers.

Recruitment: Our fellows are trained to become expert volunteer recruiters, learning the principles of effective communication and community organizing to get others to serve along side them.

Data Management and Analysis: Fellows are trained in how to use Salesforce as a tool to analyze and strategize around the impact they are having with volunteers and their community partners.

Marketing: Fellows are trained in a variety of social media and digital marketing platforms. They use this to help recruit, but it translates to a variety of work in different fields.

Event Planning and Operations: Fellows learn, over two years, deep skills in creating and executing large educational and social events.

Social Justice Pedagogy: Fellows engage in a curriculum around power, privilege, oppression, and racial justice. Fellows also work with local faculty to understand how racism, poverty, and injustice impact a variety of local issues (housing, education, criminal justice, food systems and the environment).

What does this look like in action?:

Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking or are intimidated by event planning? Your co-Fellows and Repair the World staff are here to provide the necessary support as you slowly step out of your comfort zone and learn to address an audience of over 50 people or plan a Shabbat dinner for over 100 attendees all while learning more about yourself. 

Similarly, if you are interested in a deep dive into the intersection of food and Judaism or want to build your knowledge of Jewish texts addressing social issues, you have the ability to learn from experts in the field and access to Repair the World’s many resources.

Through our Fellowship model, you will build professional skills in volunteer engagement, event planning, data management, social media and communications, volunteer service facilitation, service learning, and more.

The nature of your work will empower you to foster authentic relationships with your community and build deep, sustainable connections with volunteers. These skills, and the many others not listed here, will equip you to pursue your next steps, whatever they may be.

Training generally takes place in three parts. It starts with a one-week national orientation where fellows have the chance to meet Repair the World staff, familiarize themselves with Repair the World’s approach to Jewish service-learning, and start learning the skills necessary to become a successful fellow. Other orientation highlights: social events and guest speakers!

Then, you will engage in a more specific two week local orientation with your city cohort led by local Repair the World staff. During this time, you will have the opportunity to expand on the skills and knowledge gained from national orientation while also putting down roots in your new community. This includes meeting with service partners, exploring the city, and, most importantly, diving into the work you will be doing throughout the year.

Finally, there will be weekly learning and training sessions throughout the two years of the Fellowship. This includes a mix of both national virtual learning and in-person sessions with local faculty which will provide insight into your city’s issue areas. The variety of topics spans from Jewish approaches to social justice to specific professional development topics, such as how to build your professional network. This is all in addition to bi-annual goal setting, regular feedback from supervisors, hands-on learning experiences, and advice from the experts you’ll be working alongside in your community and at your service partners!

 

Each of our communities is its own, unique area of the country and, therefore, the issues Fellows address vary city to city. Fellows may address housing/homelessness, food access, education, criminal justice, and environmentalism. Repair the World, as an organization, is committed to addressing racial justice in all of its communities as it intersects at the root causes of poverty. All fellows learn about racial justice and other systemic inequities in their communities that further their contextual understanding of the work they do on a daily basis.

As an organization, Repair the World leans deeply into our core Jewish values of repairing the world (tikkun olam) and solidarity (akhdoot) in following the guidance and leadership of our local communities, non-profit partners, and leaders who are directly serving the most marginalized in our communities.

Want to hear from a current fellow? Contact [email protected].

The COVID-response policies below are subject for review and updates by the start of the 2022-2024 Fellowship cohort in August 2022.

We take the health of our staff, fellows, and community members extremely seriously. Repair the World has a robust COVID-response policy, reviewed by a public health professional, and continually updated as developments occur. Some examples of the adjustments made for the Fellowship include:

  • Use of face masks when volunteering in person
  • Some virtual programs and meetings
  • Fellows and staff are required to provide proof of vaccination or commit to regular COVID testing
  • In a typical year, Fellows gather as a national cohort for orientation and for a mid-year retreat. Depending on the status of public health concerns, these could be a virtual gatherings.

While there is no typical day, generally, fellows have weekly meetings with their city team, spend time serving with their service partners, engage in weekly Jewish learning and training, work on upcoming events, and meet with local community members to build relationships. The balance of these different parts of the fellow role will shift from Year 1 to Year 2 as you begin to take on greater leadership and hold deeper relationships with your community. It may sound daunting, but it truly is one of the strengths of the Fellowship. Fellows take ownership over their schedules to take advantage of the multitude of experiences the Fellowship offers.

Alum Becca Lerman sums up her experience:

“Part of what makes the fellowship engaging and meaningful is that each day varies. One day you may start your day at the workshop for a morning meeting with the team and then head out to support your partner organization. The next day you may participate in training, organize an educational event, and meet with community members. Whether you want to attend community events, schedule self care, or volunteer on your own, the schedule is flexible enough to allow for all of it.” – Becca Lerman (Fellow, Repair the World Philadelphia ’17-’18)

Want to hear about a typical week in a particular city from a current fellow? Contact [email protected]

  • Living Stipend: Repair the World provides fellows with a monthly living stipend to cover the cost of daily expenses such as food, rent, and other necessities. Depending on the cost of living in each placement city, stipends range from $25,000/year to $36,000/year.
  • Health Insurance: Fellows can choose to participate in a health insurance plan through Repair (which includes dental, vision, and mental health coverage) at no additional cost.
  • Transportation Assistance: The cost of local transportation incurred in fulfilling your role as a fellow is covered by Repair the World. This includes use of public transportation as well as mileage reimbursement and gas assistance for those utilizing a personal vehicle.
  • Professional Development Funds: In their second year, Senior Fellows can access funds for individualized professional development opportunities.
  • Economic Access Fund: Repair the World’s Economic Access Fund is intended to provide additional financial support to fellows impacted by injustice and covers immediate economic needs, such as transportation, mental health support, required technology, appropriate clothing, and other unexpected costs. The fund can also provide additional personal and professional support, such as professional development and mentorship.
  • University scholarships: Repair’s exclusive university partnerships with nationally renowned institutions give Fellowship alumni access to scholarships for over 30 different graduate programs around the country.

Fellows are responsible for finding their own housing (with support from Repair the World). The Fellow stipend is intended to cover your living expenses, including rent and utilities. Fellows are encouraged to find modest accommodations in consideration of the stipend amount and cost of housing in your city. As you onboard as a Fellow, local Repair the World staff will happily help you in your search for housing.

For more information on a particular city, please contact [email protected].

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 cannot guarantee loan deferment and we are unable to offer forbearance. We can provide any documentation you may need to request or secure deferment for your loans. According to the U.S. Department of Education, interest will continue to accrue on loans that are deferred.

The Fellowship offers the opportunity to serve your community, develop transferable skills, learn about the Jewish approach to service and social justice, and open your mind to the great variety of possible futures. What we do know is that you will leave the Fellowship with a vast array of valuable experiences, resources, and connections. A vibrant community of volunteers, local service partners, and your co-fellows will be a beneficial network as you think about your next steps.

Fellowship alumni have gone on to do many things including:

– Enrolling in one of the 30+ graduate degree programs offered through our exclusive partnerships with more than 5 institutions.

– Pursuing graduate degrees in law, medicine, business, rabbinical studies, Jewish experiential MA, social work, and a variety of other fields.

– Founding a company

– Continuing to work full-time for one of their local service partners

– Pursuing careers in the Jewish communal world and the nonprofit sector

If you are interested in being connected to admissions at any of our partner institutions or speaking with an alum, contact [email protected]

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The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone aged 21-26 as of August 2022.

Repair seeks to build a community in which all people, including People of Color, Jews of Color, Jewish or non-Jewish, individuals with disabilities, from working-class backgrounds, and transgender and gender non-conforming folks, find a supportive environment that is focused on their growth as individuals and professionals.

 

No, you do not need to be Jewish to become a Repair the World Fellow, though you should be excited about mobilizing the Jewish community to serve. Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all members of the community.

Jewish ritual and wisdom is infused into the Fellowship experience, starting with the training process. You should also be ready to explore how Jewish values, history, and customs inform our responsibility for creating a better and more just world and be committed to being a part of a Jewish community during your Fellowship experience.

We’re excited to work with you!

In order to be considered for the Fellowship, you must have a fully submitted application. You can begin an application and save it at any time at this link here, 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.

Our priority deadline is February 1, 2022. Our final deadline is March 15, 2022.

Applicants who submit their applications by the priority deadline, February 1, 2022, will receive an admissions decision by March 1, 2022. These applicants have a higher chance of placements in the city and/or with an issue area of choice.

Applicants who submit their applications by the final deadline, March 15, 2022, will receive a decision by April 12, 2022.

The admissions process allows us at Repair the World to understand who you are and what is important to you.

Step 1: The first step in the admissions process is completing and submitting an application. We will ask you to answer a video question and write a few short personal essays about your background and interests. 

Step 2: Select candidates will be invited for a first round interview after submitting their application. First round interviews will be conducted via Zoom with Repair staff or stakeholders.

Step 3: Candidates who move forward then complete a second round interview with local staff in potential city placements (also via Zoom). Applicants may interview with more than one city at the discretion of Repair staff.

Yes, you will need to submit contact information for two references. These should be individuals whom you have worked with in various contexts (do not provide peer/friend references). At least one should be an individual who has supervised you. Please only submit up to one academic reference.

Upon submitting your completed application, your references will be emailed a recommendation form to complete on your behalf, so you do not need them to submit a reference before you complete your application.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept letters of recommendation. All your submitted references must complete the recommendation form on your behalf.

If you have a technical issue, please email our Fellowship Team at [email protected] and we will assist you as quickly as possible. We highly suggest submitting your application well in advance of the deadline in the event that there are any last-minute technical errors.

Yes. Due to the nature of the volunteer work, all Fellows must successfully pass a criminal background check. Having a criminal record MAY not disqualify you from being a Fellow. However, felony charges or any misdemeanor charges involving minors may make you ineligible for partnerships that involve youth or young adults.

Be in touch! You can direct questions to the Fellowship Team at [email protected]

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Applications for our 2022-2024 cohort are now open.

Apply today!