Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship: Creating Change By Growing Leaders
The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship envisions a world where all people can flourish. In Hebrew “Tzedek” (pronounced “tz” as in ritz, TZEH-dek) means justice, which is at the heart of our mission. The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship is an eleven month opportunity for emerging social justice leaders. The in-depth training the Fellowship provides is complimented by a position working at a social justice nonprofit in Asheville, NC. This unique model empowers Fellows to grow as activists and leaders while building capacity at vital social justice organizations working in the areas of LGBTQ Rights, Racial Equity, and Combating Anti-Semitism.
Where Social and Personal Transformation Converge
More than a job, this Fellowship is a commitment to actively creating personal and community change. At Tzedek, we ask Fellows: Who do you want to be? How can we help you get there?
We believe in the notion of radical welcome—for everyone to have a place at the table to grow, evolve, and transform. Fellows define their vision for themselves, and we support them through personal and professional goal setting, critical analysis, training, mentorship, self care, resiliency, and networking.
Words from Past Fellows
This fellowship pushes me to show up as my full authentic self, to trust that I have everything I need to create change in this world, even if that means exploring and developing talents I didn't even know I had. I love that I am encouraged by Tzedek coaches, mentors and employers to ask for whatever help I need in order make the most of this professional development year.
Britney Nesbit, 2016-2017 Tzedek Fellow at Campaign for Southern Equality
The Tzedek Fellowship has allowed me to bring the experience that I already had working in Jewish Life and Social Justice to a new level. Through the tremendous professional development opportunities, support of Tzedek staff, and stellar workplace, I have been able to accomplish things that I would have previously thought were impossible for me.
Matt Andersen, 2016-2017 Tzedek Fellow at the Asheville Jewish Community Center
The past seven months have been an incredible opportunity to grow professionally, a chance to become thoroughly involved in the Asheville community, and a time to learn about myself while forming specific goals for my future.
Rachel Pearlstein, 2014-2015 Tzedek Fellow at the Asheville Jewish Community Center
The Tzedek Fellowship was a powerful, eye-opening, and enlightening experience. After embracing lenses from diverse perspectives in this work, I knew that I wanted to launch these lessons learned into my career.
Rose Morris, 2012-2013,Tzedek Fellow at the Center for Diversity Education