Before you beginning your application, please read this page in its entirety. A link to the application form is located at the bottom of this page.
The application deadline is February 21, 2014.
As a Religious Action Center (RAC) Eisendrath Legislative Assistant (LA), you have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the American political process while striving to influence that process according to the traditions of Reform Judaism.
The RAC is the Reform Jewish Movement's voice in Washington, D.C., covering a broad spectrum of social justice issues, including religious liberty, Israel, human rights, reproductive rights, economic justice and civil rights. The RAC advocates the policies of the Reform Movement's Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Commission on Social Action. The RAC also serves as a resource center: planning conferences, creating and distributing educational material and mobilizing the grassroots of American Reform Jewry.
Legislative Assistants are recent college graduates and participate in every aspect of the RAC's work. You represent the RAC and the Reform Movement in the many coalitions to which we belong. Working closely with other Jewish organizations, with interfaith coalitions such as the Washington Interreligious Staff Community, and with issue-based coalitions like the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with pending legislation, meeting with public officials, and preparing appropriate educational and programmatic materials for congregations and Reform Movement affiliates.
Approximately a quarter of an LA's time is spent on non-legislative work. This includes engaging high school students in educational programs through six Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminars, other teaching and programmatic opportunities, and administrative duties. Because of our work with high school students, a background check is required for LA applicants considered for employment.
The program is intensive; the hours are long and the responsibilities are great. The LA program provides an annual stipend of $32,000 (before taxes) as well as health benefits. The program begins in August 2014 and runs for approximately 51 weeks.
Please show a copy of this letter describing the LA program to the two people who will write your recommendations. We would like one of your recommendations to come from a rabbi or other Jewish professional who knows you well and can speak about your Jewish and social justice interests. If you have not had the opportunity to establish such a relationship, please contact us to discuss alternatives. In addition, we request a recommendation from someone who can speak knowledgeably about your academic, writing and teaching abilities (preferably a college professor). Finally, because strong writing skills are so important to our work, we ask applicants to submit three writing samples. They are described further in the application.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Please direct any questions to:
Barbara Weinstein, Associate Director
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
2027 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 667-9070