As a First Year Fellow, you’ll each be partnered with one to three nonprofits addressing social justice issues in your community. You will spend your time building relationships, getting to know your community and yourself, while engaging in direct service. In your second year, as a Senior Fellow, you will mobilize and lead others in service, and facilitate Jewish service-learning experiences to inspire the local community to take action. You will also host educational and social events, and get to know yourself while working to build a more just world.
Become a Fellow
Applications are now closed. Applications for our 2022-2024 cohort will open in Fall 2021.
As a Fellow, you’ll engage in a weekly cycle of learning grounded in a core set of Jewish values. Each week you’ll deep dive into a variety of learning topics centered around the work you do, such as community engagement, facilitation, and data analysis. You’ll spend time learning about Jewish approaches to racial and economic justice, and work with local faculty in your city to more deeply understand the impact of injustice in your city. You will also build a broad network of personal professional relationships through your work as a Fellow.
Fellows serve in Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Miami, New York City, or Pittsburgh. To see some examples of our current partner organizations for each city, click here. You’ll serve, and learn together with other Fellows in a supportive and pluralistic community. A housing stipend, 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 between one to three organizations in their communities doing work to address a variety of local justice issues (ranging from Education Justice, Food Justice, Housing Justice, Environmental Justice, Criminal Justice, and more). As a First Year Fellow, you can expect to spend a lot of your time volunteering with your partners directly. Depending on your city, you could be placed with a variety of partners. Take a look at our current list of partners.
Senior Fellows will spend less of their time directly serving with their partners, they will take an increased role in helping drive volunteers towards projects at their partners.
Professional Development & Working With Your Cohort
While no day in the Fellowship is the same, most mornings start with a meeting with your local cohort. These meetings are a time for joint planning and team building. During this time Fellows work to identify opportunities for service with their partners, and strategize and plan for upcoming educational and social events.
Wednesday mornings are professional development days where Fellows engage with their year long arc of learning. Grounded in Jewish values around social justice, the two year-long curriculum builds both practical skills in facilitation, group management, data analysis, and more; as well as exploring Jewish social justice, racial and economic justice, as well as leadership development.
Community Engagement & Relationship Building
As a Fellow you will spend two years living and serving in partnership with the community where you are placed. Beyond engaging in direct service, one of your main goals is to recruit community members to serve alongside you at your service partners.
To engage your community and build authentic relationships you will attend town halls, community events, lectures, and social gatherings to meet and engage with people, learning about them, their histories, and their passions.
In the first year of the Fellowship, you will spend more time building relationships and learning more about the various landscapes of your community. As a Senior Fellow, you will work to mobilize your community to volunteer and act as a direct link between your nonprofit partners and folks you will recruit to serve.
Educational and Social Programming
To engage and inspire community action to volunteer, Fellows work with local partners to create social and educational programming to highlight local issues of injustice.
As a First Year Fellow, you will spend time learning the skills needed to execute strong community programming including: facilitation, partner development, public speaking, programming planning, logistics and operations. You will attend Repair events and act as a representative of the Repair brand. As a Senior Fellow, you will take lead on developing programming with partners, visioning community events, facilitating group discussions and running lead for your own programs.
Check out this link to see current and past opportunities.
Leading Groups in Service Learning
As a fellow you will be facilitating service and service learning for groups of volunteers (both in person and virtually). Groups include Alternative Break participants, local college students, high-schoolers, local adults, 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, 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, 2021. Applying by the first deadline gives you a greater likelihood of being placed with a first choice city. Our second priority deadline is March 12, 2021. Any applications received after March 12th will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 16, 2021.
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 25-30 minutes.
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 be at least an hour.
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 10th 2021 , applicants who apply by the second priority deadline will be notified of their status by April 14th, 2020. All applicants who apply after the second priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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 a 2 year immersive service year for young adults passionate about mobilizing the American Jewish community to volunteer alongside them. Based in one of six Repair the World Communities throughout the United States, Fellows spend two years volunteering with local partners, 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. Fellows will engage the Jewish community through meaningful service learning, Jewish ritual and text, and community programming to mobilize their peers to serve alongside them in partnership with local organizations. The Repair the World Fellowship is for courageous, innovative, and compassionate leaders who want to spend 2 years launching their professional career in the intersection of social justice and Jewish engagement.
The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone age 21-26, who is authorized to work in the United States.
Repair seeks to build a community in which all people, including people 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 leadership growth.
Repair the World is a Jewish organization that works to address the needs of all community members, applicants do not need to be Jewish to apply, but they should be excited to mobilize the Jewish community to serve and to explore the intersections of Judaism and justice.
The 2 year Fellowship experience begins August 16th 2021 and concludes July 7th 2023.
The new model of the Repair the World Fellowship is now 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 has our Fellows spend their first year engaged in direct service, and deep training and learning around Jewish engagement through a lense of social, racial, and economic justice. In their second year, our Fellows take on community leadership by leading community programming, social justice 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, creating a unique and supportive environment of others on the same 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,” (ITRs) 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 also 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, Fellows and 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 events to engage the Jewish community in issues around social justice.
Engage in Deep Local Learning:Explore 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 Community: As 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.
This all might sound like a lot, but 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 that will have you wearing many different hats at various points throughout your time as a Fellow. 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: The intersection of Jewish values and social justice.
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: Using 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 both manage up and successfully work with a supervisor, as well as how to laterally manage your peers on projects. Fellows will also work on skills such as time-management, goal-setting, feedback, and professional communication. Lastly Fellows will learn how to manage larger
Recruitment: Our Fellows are trained on how 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 other work in different fields.
Event Planning and Operations: Fellows will learn, over two years, deep skills in creating and executing large educational and social events.
Social Justice Pedagogy: Fellows will engage in a curriculum around power, privilege, oppression and racial justice. Fellows will 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 you 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 200 attendees.
Similarly, if you are interested in a deep dive into the intersection of food and Judaism or want to build your knowledge on 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.
As you may have read above, 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.
On a personal level, the nature of your work will empower you to learn how to create 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.
The short answer is: in many different ways!
The longer answer is that 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 service, and start learning the skills necessary to being a successful fellow. Other highlights: social events, guest speakers, and many snacks.
Then, you will engage in a more specific 2 week Local Orientation with your city cohort led by your 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 truly will be doing throughout the year.
Finally, there will be weekly learning and training sessions throughout the year on Wednesday mornings. With a mix of both national virtual learning, local in-person faculty which will provide insight into your city’s issue areas, and local immersive experiences. The variety of topics spans from Jewish approaches to social justice and professional development topics, such as how to build your professional network. Of course, this is all in addition to the hands-on learning experiences and advice from experts you’ll be working alongside in your community and service partners throughout the year!
Each of our cities is its own, unique community and, therefore, the issues Fellows address vary city to city. Fellows may address housing/homelessness, food justice, education justice, 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 furthers their understanding of the work they are actually doing on a daily basis.
As an organization, Repair the World works to lean deeply into our core Jewish values around Tikkun Olam (“To Repair the World”) and Akhdoot (Solidarity) in following the guidance and leadership of our local 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].
We take the health of our staff, fellows, and community members seriously. Repair the World has a robust COVID-response policy, reviewed by a public health professional, and continually updated as developments occur. Some of the changes that COVID has shifted within the Fellowship can look like the following:
– When volunteering in person, ensure that social distancing, use of PPE (personal protective equipment), and following of state/local health guidelines are in place.
– Working with partners externally and sharing workspaces externally
– Transitioning to some “online volunteering”
– Virtual events
– Digital meetings
– In a typical year, Fellows gather in person as a national cohort for orientation. Depending on the status of public health concerns, this may be a virtual gathering.
We like to say there is no typical day, but rather there is a typical week, and even that varies city-to-city! Overall, Fellows have weekly meetings with their city team, spend time serving with their service partners, engage in weekly 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 and 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 2017-2018
Want to hear about a typical week in a particular city from a current fellow? Contact [email protected]
Living Stipend: Repair the World will provide Fellows will a living stipend each month to cover the cost of their daily expenses. This stipend is designed to cover items like food and other necessities. The stipend is not designed to cover larger expenses like travel, graduate school application fees or other larger expenses. See chart in the next question below for the living stipend in each city. Between years one and two- Fellows can expect to receive an increase in their living stipend.
Housing Stipend: Repair the World will also provide Fellows with a housing stipend that is used to cover rent and utilities for their housing in their cities. Fellows may choose their own housing (and will receive support from Repair the World, if needed, to find local housing in their community). See the chart below for the housing stipend information.
Graduate Degree Partnerships: Exclusive University Partnership and Scholarships at 5 nationally renowned institutions in over 30 graduate programs for our Fellows and alumni.
Health Insurance: You can choose to participate in a health insurance plan (which includes dental, vision and mental health coverage) at no additional cost to you.
Mental Health Stipend: An additional stipend for mental health is provided to each Fellow to be used towards therapy or other modes of self/psychological care.
Local Transportation: The cost of local transportation during the Fellowship is covered by Repair the World. If you are in a city where you are using public transportation this comes in the form of subway and bus cards (NYC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh). In cities where you are driving, this comes in the form of mileage coverage and quarterly gas cards (Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit and Miami).
Represent Repair: As a Repair Fellow, you may have the occasional opportunity to represent the organization at conferences, training and events that will also serve to enhance your skills, knowledge and networks. These opportunities look different city to city.
Racial Equity Fund: Repair the World holds a modest specialized fund for our Fellows and Staff of Color to access for additional supports they might need whether it be additional mental health support, material support for plane or train tickets, or other needs that might come up during the program year.
*Note: If in 2021 Repair is able to hold an in-person National Orientation, 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.
|City||Estimated Living Stipend||Estimated Housing Stipend|
|Atlanta||$700-$750 per month||$1,050 per month|
|Baltimore||$725-$775 per month||$1,100 per month|
|Detroit||$600-$650 per month||$925 per month|
|Miami||$700-$800 per month||$1,155 per month|
|New York City||$1,000-$1,200 per month||$1,500 per month|
|Pittsburgh||$800-$850 per month||$1,225 per month|
*note the range indicates First Year Fellow stipend vs. Senior Fellow stipend
Fellows will be finding their own housing (with support from Repair the World) and will be provided with a housing stipend to cover the cost of rent and utilities. The housing stipend is a set amount, so Fellows are encouraged to find accommodations within the housing stipend range. 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. According to the U.S. Department of Education, interest will continue to accrue on loans that are deferred.
The Fellowship offers you the opportunity to develop transferable skills, learn about the Jewish approach to 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 fellow 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, 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
The Repair the World Fellowship is open to anyone age 21-26.
Repair seeks to build a community in which all people, including people 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 leadership.
No, you do not need to be Jewish to become a Repair the World Fellow.
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.
Jewish rituals are 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 you should 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 first priority deadline is February 1, 2021. Our Second Priority Deadline is March 12, 2021. Applications will then be reviewed on a rolling basis through the final application deadline of April 16, 2021.
Applications received by the Priority 1 deadline, February 1, 2021, are guaranteed an admissions decision by March 10, 2021. These applicants have a high chance of having their city and/or issue area of choice.
Applications received by the Priority 2 deadline, March 12, 2021, are guaranteed a decision by April 14, 2021. These applicants still have a chance of receiving their first or second choice of city and/or issue area.
After the March 12th deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 16th, at which point applications will be closed.
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 couple of 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 our national staff and Fellowship alumni.
Step 3: Candidates who move forward will be invited to a second round interview with local staff in potential city placements (also via Zoom). Applicants may interview with more than one city. In this round, applicants will be asked to prepare a short presentation for their interview.
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 sent a recommendation form to complete on your behalf, so you do not need them to submit a reference before you complete your application. We unfortunately will not accept letters of recommendation.
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 ahead of any deadline, in the event that there are 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]