ISJL Community Engagement Fellowship:
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), based in Jackson, Mississippi and covering a 13 state region, is seeking a Community Engagement Fellow. This is a two-year fellowship that will begin in Winter 2014.
The ISJL’s Community Engagement Department works with a variety of partners, from nonprofits to congregations to public schools, to develop and implement service projects that impact the quality of education in local school systems. These projects also provide opportunities for Jewish communities to partake in meaningful service and learn about some of the complexities that are at the root of issues affecting their own school system.
Fellows will divide their time between the ISJL office, congregational visits, and spending time working alongside communities throughout the region, particularly in schools and after-school programs.
- Who should apply? Recent college graduates, preferably with some experience in education. This is an equal-opportunity position and all are welcome to apply.
- Fellows facilitate community engagement by:
- Visiting communities, helping to plan and implement service projects
- Adapting and delivering program resources and materials
- Developing relationships with community members and organizations
- Creating and presenting materials to foster a community’s exploration of root causes of issues affecting education in their community, and best practices for addressing these issues
- Facilitating exercises where participants reflect on service experience