About the Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship
Being an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant (LA) at the RAC means getting involved and playing a pivotal role in our work: legislative advocacy, programs, communications, organizing, and supporting the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA). The salary for the 2021-2022 class is $36,000, and the program dates are August 24, 2021 - August 12, 2022.
We are particularly interested in investing in and engaging with applicants who come from underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds. This includes People of Color, people with disabilities, people coming from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized identities.
For the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 classes, we are excited to announce that in partnership with the Jews of Color Initiative, which is dedicated to the professional and communal advancement of Jews of Color (JoC), we have committed to extend fellowships to two JoC Legislative Assistants. JoC LAs will receive an additional cost-of-living stipend up to $5,000 each, mentorship from leaders of Color, and culturally responsive professional development.
LAs are at the heart of every aspect of the Reform Movement's social justice work, and we are committed to making the Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Fellowship and RAC reflective of the diverse Movement we represent.
LAs' work includes:
- Legislative Advocacy: The LAs have primary responsibility for monitoring legislation; representing the Reform Movement institutions on Capitol Hill and in coalitions; and ensuring that the voice of the Reform Movement's nearly 850 congregations, 2,000 rabbis, and 1.5 million Reform Jews are heard.
Each LA takes on a different policy portfolio (based in resolutions adopted by the CSA, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis), bringing a Reform Jewish perspective to the crucial social justice issues of the day. The LAs are the lead staff member on their policy issues, playing a key role developing strategy, drafting materials, and driving our work forward.
- Leadership Development and Programs: Some 2,000 people participate in RAC-led conferences each year, which the LAs help plan, program and coordinate. Many LAs have found their opportunity to serve as the faculty for the L'Taken Social Justice Seminars – the six weekend-long social justice seminars for high school students that we run each year – to be a highlight of their time at the RAC.
- Communications: LAs help guide our website, action alerts, blog posts, social media, and other communications, helping disseminate our message and materials across the country to decision makers, the media, congregational leaders, and Reform Jews.
- Organizing: LAs have an opportunity to work with the field team to enhance our legislative advocacy at the state and local level and support congregations to bring social justice closer to the center of their work. Building transformative relationships across lines of race, class and faith are core not only to policy achievements, but also to bringing about a world where all people experience wholeness, justice, and compassion.
- The Commission on Social Action: The LAs prepare materials for the CSA's meetings, work with its members and task forces, and advocate on its behalf on Capitol Hill and in coalitions. Interactions with CSA members are another highlight of the experience for many LAs.
For more information, contact Legislative Manager Juri Jacoby at 202-387-2800.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.