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Tzedek Social Justice Fellow
Asheville JCC
236 Charlotte St
Asheville, NC 28801

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The JCC is Ashevilles Jewish Neighborhood At the JCC, all are welcome to share in Jewish traditions, values and culture. Our JCC has been the home for Jewish life in Western North Carolina since 1940, and today we continue to be a vibrant and diverse community of people. The Asheville JCC strengthens Jewish identity, celebrates Jewish culture and builds community through a wide variety of programs for people from all backgrounds, at every stage of life. Any way you prefer to connect, the JCC has something for you! When you join the JCC, you help to support and become part of a warm, welcoming network. Choose a Full Membership for the entire family and enjoy all of the many benefits, including discounted fees for childrens programs and full pool privileges. Not interested in swimming? Join as an Adult Social Member to experience all that our community has to offer. Or come just for the summer as a Pool Member. Our Mission The Asheville Jewish Community Center strengthens Jewish identity, celebrates Jewish culture, and builds community. The Asheville JCC Values Kehilah (Community) Metsuyanut (Excellence) Limud (Learning) Hachnasat Orchim (Welcoming) Tikkun Olam (Repair of the World) Vision The Asheville Jewish Community Center provides opportunities for everyone in Western North Carolina to connect to Jewish life and culture. We focus on ensuring that community members are supported through every life stage, with programs that enhance community life and a sense of belonging. We continuously evaluate our programs, expanding and improving them to support our vibrant, evolving community.

Principal Responsibilities:

THE FELLOWSHIP The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship (TSJF) is a transformational experience for emerging social justice leaders that builds the capacity of organizations to effect change in Asheville and beyond. The Fellowship is committed to social justice, broadly defined, yet the work focuses primarily on LGBTQ rights, racial equity, and combatting anti-Semitism. Over the course of eleven months, Fellows develop essential skills to cultivate relationships within the local community, create powerful connections that bridge across bias, and organize grassroots movements for positive community change. The Fellowship builds individual and organizational capacity by engaging passionate emerging leaders in eleven month, paid, full-time positions at social justice organizations throughout the greater Asheville, North Carolina area. In addition to working 30 hours each week at their host site organization, Tzedek Fellows spend 10 hours developing life and leadership skills to help them become successful leaders and remain resilient throughout their careers. The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship requires full and active participation in all fellowship-related events and activities. It is a 40-hour per week commitment, including times outside of regular business hours. It is critical that the final candidate is truly passionate. THE PRIMARY GOALS OF THE FELLOWSHIP ARE TO EQUIP FELLOWS WITH THE SKILLS TO:

1) Understand anti-Semitism throughout history and learn how to identify and effectively combat anti-Semitism in their communities.

2) Be powerful activists and advocates in the movement for LGBTQ rights.

3) Examine and combat oppression and discrimination within the context of eliminating racism.

4) Learn to build and work in diverse collaborative coalitions to achieve equity for all marginalized groups.

5) Expand personal and professional networks and co-create a community of social justice peers for life-long connection.

6) Positively impact the Asheville community by advancing the work of their host site organization.

7) Have satisfying, successful, and sustainable careers in social justice non-profits and grassroots organizing groups.

Focus of Work

Community Collaborations: Strengthen collaborations between the JCC and other community organizations and organizations including UNCA's Center for Diversity Education, YWCA, the Center for Participatory Change, Community Relations Council, Youth Outright, and the Campaign for Southern Equality to coalition-build around issues of social justice and diversity such as anti-Semitism, racism, LGBT equality, and bullying, as well as facilitating collaborations between organizations  LGBTQ Programming: Grow and sustain an LGBTQ Focus Group at the JCC that assists in planning LGBTQ programming for the Jewish and larger community

Young Jewish Adult Programming: Provide staff support for YAJA (the Young Adult Jews of Asheville) through bi-monthly+ programming

Social Justice Programming: Grow and sustain social justice programming at the JCC and in collaboration with other community organizations

General JCC Support: Provide general support for other JCC programs as needed

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:

HOW TO APPLY: Email your resume, cover letter describing your fit with the program and position, and 3 professional references in PDF format to rochelle@jcc-asheville.org with the subject line [FULL NAME] Tzedek Fellowship Application 2017-18.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2017. We are unable to respond to all applicants, but will contact those that we are most interested by the end of April. Final hiring decisions will be made as soon as possible, but not later than May 15, 2017.

***People of Color, LGBTQ individuals, and WNC residents are strongly encouraged to apply.***

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