Speak Torah to Power is a transformational speaker series and educational curriculum, in which diverse Jewish educators from around the country address the most pressing issues of our time to offer us the Jewish thinking most needed in today’s world. Learn more.
Avodah’s Racial Justice Guide is intended to be a resource for Jewish nonprofit organizations. It has been written for all stages of leadership, as racial justice and inclusion are everyone’s responsibilities. Learn more.
Tikkun Olam: Our Turn was born out of a desire to deepen the ‘mitzvah project” experience at b’nai mitzvah time—to provide better context and mentoring for our communities’ young adults as they stood on the threshold of adulthood in our communal institutions. Learn more.
Working for social change can sometimes feel hard and exhausting- it takes time to have an impact, and progress doesn’t always happen in a straight line. Read the eleven ways of thinking about the work.
Avodah has collected the following Haggadot and Passover resources from our partners and allies in our social justice work. Learn more.
The Jewish community is stronger and more authentically rooted in justice when everyone has an equal seat at the table. This moment calls us to do the best, most authentic, and most effective work for justice that we can. We know that there are many kinds of injustice in our world, including racism, antisemitism, and white supremacy. To do our part in dismantling these systems of oppression and building a better, more just world, we need to understand how they affect each other, and we must do true coalition building. Avodah’s Racial Justice Guide is intended to be a resource for Jewish nonprofit organizations. It has been written for all stages of leadership, as racial justice and inclusion are everyone’s responsibilities. In each section, we share an example of how Avodah worked through this stage of our process, and resources for how your organization might put this into practice. You can view our interactive Racial Justice Guide here and the materials are also available to download as a PDF format. If you would like Avodah to teach a workshop to your community, you can view our workshop menu here.
Avodah’s staff of seasoned educators and organizers are available for consulting and training at your local Jewish institution. We bring individual consultation, facilitated talks, and workshops to conferences, organizations, and institutions to foster learning around today’s social justice issues, all through a Jewish lens. Contact Sarra Alpert at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Strengthening Racial Justice in the Kansas City Jewish Community Panelists: Gavriela Geller, Avodah alum & Executive Director, JCRC/AJC Kansas City; Hilary Singer, Executive Director, Jewish Vocation Service; Rabbi Doug Alpert, Congregation Kol Ami; Jancyn Appel, member of the Kansas City Jewish community Moderated by: Nate Looney, Manager of Racial Justice Initiatives, Avodah
Never Again: Social Justice, Activism & Using Your Voice to Speak Truth to Power Avodah’s CEO, Cheryl Cook, joins other Jewish women to discuss the call to social justice and activism that Judaism demands during the third Women of Faith Power Summit.
Being Jewish in America: The Privilege and Price of Whiteness Panelists: Yavilah McCoy, CEO, DIMENSIONS Inc. and Cheryl Cook, CEO, Avodah Moderated by: Bill Robinson, Executive Director, Na’aleh Hosted by: Na’aleh: The Hub for Leadership Learning (Oct 2020)
Racial Justice and the Changing Face of American Jewry Panelists: Nate Looney, Manager of Racial Justice Initiatives, Avodah; April Baskin, CEO, Joyous Justice; Simone Steinbach Kgnego, Author of “The Extraordinay, Unordinary You”; Rori Picker Neiss, Executive Director, JCRC; David Heller, Chair of the Board, Jewish Cleveland; Margaret Mitchell, President & CEO, YWCA Greater Cleveland Moderated by: Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein, JFNA’s Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor Hosted by: Jewish Federations of North America
Justice and Redemption: A Discussion of Just Mercy Panelists: Nate Looney, Manager of Racial Justice Initiatives, Avodah; Rabbi Ora Nitkin-Kaner, Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation; Maggie Yates, Avodah Alum & Administrator, Regional Law and Justice Department, Spokane Washington Moderated by: Cheryl Cook, CEO, Avodah Hosted by: HUC College Commons Book Club
“Speak Torah to Power” is a groundbreaking speaker series that connects today’s most pressing social justice issues with Jewish wisdom to guide us in doing transformative work in the world. In this series, six leading Jewish educators from across the United States explore the connection between activism, service, spirituality, community, Jewish wisdom and the events of our day. More than 15,000 people have already tuned in to Speak Torah to Power.
Discussion Guides: Visit avodah.net/speaktorahtopower to learn more about the speakers and download our free discussion guides to support your communities in exploring these issues and questions together.
Avodah created various programs for our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to foster learning, community building, and discussion through virtual connection. Click here to view our offerings.
To invite us to teach a racial justice workshop to your community, view our workshop menu here.
We have signed on to the following letters of advocacy and co-sponsored the following events:
Amicus brief detailing our support for abortion access and religious freedom grounded in our moral and faith values in response to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (organized by National Council of Jewish Women, Catholics for Choice, and Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice) (Sept 2021)