A program of the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund, the Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship is a transformational experience for emerging social justice leaders designed to build the capacity of organizations to effect change in Asheville and beyond. The Fellowship is committed to social justice, broadly defined, yet our work focuses primarily on LGBTQ rights, racial equity, and combating anti-Semitism.
We envision a just world where all people flourish.
The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship is a transformational experience for emerging social justice leaders that builds the capacity of organizations to effect change in Asheville and beyond.
Collaboration: Tzedek believes that personal and social transformation depend on authentic relationships and deep cooperation. We bring our expertise and growing edge to the table. We are all teachers and learners. Our diverse gifts and experiences are essential as we collaborate to build bridges.
Integrity: We center integrity in the work we do. Together, we strive towards transparency and accountability. We practice integrity by aligning our words and actions with our values.
Critical Inquiry: We explore. We examine. We strategize. We look at the world from multiple perspectives, resisting simple narratives and either/or thinking. We understand that social change requires that we push against the stories we’ve inherited. We honor multiple ways of making sense of our world, from intellectual analysis to embodied knowledge.
Equity & Inclusion: Interlocking systems of oppression—racism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism, transphobia, xenophobia, sexism, classism, ableism, and ageism–compromise human flourishing. Justice depends on all of us being present and engaged in the process. We build the capacity of organizations working towards social transformation, and we practice radical welcome.
Compassion: We believe that the world desperately needs activists and organizers who lead from a spirit of compassion. We resist call out culture and toxic activism. We know that practicing compassion for others depends on extending compassion to ourselves. We actively practice bringing our full selves to the table and honoring the precious humanity in everyone.