Dani Levine, a 2010 SPHTM grad, is director of AVODAH New Orleans. This Jewish service corps is a national organization. Of the 29 young Jews who have come to New Orleans to participate in the AVODAH year of service, 17 are still living in New Orleans and still actively involved in social change work to encourage long-term sustainable regrowth of New Orleans.
This photo gallery includes a photo of Dani Levine with the current group of corps members, a site visit to Rebuilding Together New Orleans and a recent community shabbat held at the Young Artists Young Aspirations (YAYA) Studio.
AVODAH (which means “work” in Hebrew) was developed as an opportunity for people to integrate Judaism and social activism in ways that nourish their ideals and provide them with the capacity for stronger, enduring activism. AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps 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 agents for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values. Participants in our service Corps program live out and deepen their commitments to social change and Jewish life through a year of full-time work at anti-poverty organizations in Chicago, New Orleans, New York and Washington, DC. This work partners Corps members with service providers and residents in low income communities and equips our Corps members and alumni to emerge as lifelong agents for social change, whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values. After participants complete this intensive year-long program, Pursue: Action for a Just World provides a broad platform for long-term leadership in social change and Jewish life.
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