Dates: If you are interested in the format of the Justice Fellowship for Spring 2023, please instead apply to the Achvat Amim Learning Group, which has the same format as the Justice Fellowship but is run alongside immersive programming.
Application Deadline: Applicants are interviewed on a rolling basis
Through Achvat Amim’s Justice Fellowship, fellows living in the region participate in a weekly learning program through which they explore history, identity, politics, economics, spirituality, and the interconnections between them. In addition to weekly learning days, fellows participate in sustained volunteer and solidarity work with our Israeli and Palestinian partners.
Critical Learning Process.
Achvat Amim’s learning process begins with the central belief in self-determination for all people in the place they call home. Importantly, Achvat Amim does not define “self-determination”, “people”, or “home”. We take the meaning of these concepts as a starting place for inquiry and exploration. Over the course of the learning process we go in depth into the topics of Home/Land, People/Hood, Self/Determinationthat together make up our learning arc. In the first weeks of the learning process, the cohort maps out their interests and questions related to these topics. This activity guides the speakers, workshops, and tours set up for various learning days. On these learning days, participants meet with activists, educators, lawyers, and community leaders who are experts on a given topic.
Through this critical educational process, we explore history, identity, politics, economics, spirituality and examine the interconnections between them. We build shared knowledge and understanding of the complex reality on the ground and envision our role in the struggle for a society rooted in justice and equality. Achvat Amim approaches learning from a place rooted in identity, and much of the learning is through a Jewish lens. We engage with Jewish history, thought, and culture from a multitude of perspectives as we build a diverse learning community and shared understandings.
A taste of some learning days:
Zionism and Diasporaism: Home in the Jewish Imagination
Narrative, Nationalism, and Nakba: Palestinian Identity formation
Environmental Racism, Food Systems, and Justice
Gaza Learning Day: Border Tour
Policing, Law Enforcement, and the Deadly Exchange
Hebron Tour with Breaking the Silence
Queerness, Gender, & Feminism
As a part of the Justice Fellowship, fellows volunteer with grassroots projects to support and strengthen communities working towards a just world.
Achvat Amim has partnerships with a wide range of human rights, community, and educational organizations. Our volunteer placements are always changing based on the needs of local communities, and the skills our participants are excited to share.
Teaching English afterschool at Beit Safafa Community Center
Seminars are alternating Tuesdays 5:30p-9:30p and Fridays 8:30a-3:00p, with the addition of an opening and closing seminar taking place on a Thursday evening. The Achvat Amim Justice Fellowship will begin on Thursday, January 19th, and will end on Friday, May 26th. Placements are organized in conversation with the availability of fellows and the needs of our partners, ranging from multiple days a week to once a month. For the final dates of the Justice Fellowship, please see the attached document: