The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
What is the L'Taken Seminar?
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminar is a four-day conference in Washington, D.C., during which participants engage in learning about Jewish social justice values, the legislative process, and the pressing public policy issues of the day. The L’Taken Seminar culminates with a Capitol Hill lobby day.
The RAC runs six L’Taken Seminars each year, between January and March, bringing together over 200 congregations and 2000 high school students.
Staff Assistant Roles and Responsibilities:
There are two different Staff Assistant roles:
Staff assistants are expected to work from Friday evening (around 4:30 p.m.) until Sunday afternoon (around 1:15 p.m.). All meals and hotel accommodations are provided during this timeframe.
Qualified Staff Assistants:
Rabbi Marcus Burstein L’Taken Fellowship
The Rabbi Marcus Burstein L’Taken Fellowship is a special program open to returning L’Taken Staff Assistants in honor of a friend and colleague of the RAC and the Reform Movement, Rabbi Marcus Burstein. Rabbi Burstein passed away in 2016 and we seek to carry on his legacy and commitment to Torah, social justice and developing a new generation of Jewish leaders through the Rabbi Marcus Burstein L’Taken Fellowship.
This Fellowship is intended for returning Staff Assistants who have demonstrated excellent leadership and a commitment to social justice through their L’Taken work. The goals of the Burstein Fellowship are to strengthen the L’Taken experience for teens, to learn and grow as professionals, and to invest in future Reform Movement social justice leaders.
The following are the expectations of Burstein Fellows:
Burstein Fellows will be paid at their regular weekend rate and will receive an additional stipend of a full weekend rate upon successful completion of the Fellowship.
How much does a L’Taken staff assistant earn?
A L’Taken Staff Assistant's stipend varies by age and number of previous years worked as a Staff Assistant. The amounts listed below reflect the total that can be earned, working from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon:
The RAC staff also needs help with various office tasks during the week leading up to and the week following a L’Taken Seminar. If you are available to work at the RAC office for four (4) hours during the week before or after a L’Taken Seminar, you will receive $50. Working this shift is not contingent on working the weekend of that seminar.
I have more questions about being a L'Taken Staff Assistant. Who can I contact?
Contact Shira Zemel, Director of Youth Leadership Development