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Rabbinical Fellowship Opportunity

Washington, DC


The American Federation of Teachers is seeking a rabbinical student (or recent graduate) for a one-year fellowship to work with the AFT to deepen the connection between the labor movement, public education and Jewish life in the United States. Under the supervision of the AFT’s Human Rights and Community Relations department and in coordination with the student’s academic advisor, the fellow will study the AFT and the labor movement to develop text studies and sermons connecting these topics. The fellow will develop a strategic plan to deepen the Jewish community’s engagement with and support of organized labor and public education. The fellowship shall culminate in a conference bringing together labor leaders, rabbis, rabbinical students, cantors and cantorial students to explore the issues of public education, organized labor and the Jewish community.

Fellowship terms:

  • The fellowship and course of study must be approved by the student’s college and/or academic advisor;
  • The fellow is expected to commit 12 months to the fellowship and final project;
  • At least 15 hours during the academic year and 25-35 hours during Summer months will be spent at AFT headquarters in Washington D.C; and
  • Compensation shall be $20.00 per hour of work at AFT, plus travel and housing 1 night per week during the academic year.

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.6 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide. Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT's membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.

The AFT is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the Director of Human Resources, dmcneil@aft.org.

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