Social Justice Internships & Fellowships

Machon Kaplan Summer Internship Program

Machon Kaplan is an internship program for undergraduate students interested in Judaism and social justice. Based in Washington, D.C., it provides students with a meaningful social justice internship, the opportunity to engage in academic study related to their internships, and a community of like-minded students with whom to share their experience. Students learn, through study and action, the interrelationship of Judaism and American ideals, as well as the interaction of the organized American Jewish community and the U.S. government. In addition, through formal and informal experiences, students will explore the Greater Washington area and will have the opportunity to hear from leading speakers on contemporary issues and will tour museums, synagogues and monuments. Learn more.

Eisendrath Legislation Assistant Fellowship

Being an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant (LA) at the RAC means getting involved and playing a pivotal role in every aspect of the Center's work. This yearly cohort dedicatedly serves the RAC’s complex advocacy portfolio and social justice campaigns. The LAs have primary responsibility for monitoring legislation; for representing the Reform Movement on Capitol Hill and in coalitions; and for ensuring that the voice of the Movement's more than 900 congregations, 2,000 rabbis and 1.5 million members is heard. Furthermore, the Las help plan, program and coordinate the RAC’s conference and programs. Many LAs have found their opportunity to serve as the faculty for the L'Taken seminars — social action seminars for high school students — to be a highlight of their time at the RAC. Learn more.

Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Seminar

The Rabbi Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Seminar is a professional development fellowship offered by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Rabbis expand their knowledge around current social justice issues and receive training to guide their communities in the work of repairing and rebuilding the world.

The fellowship begins with an in-person retreat, which features intensive text study and social justice skills building. Rabbis continue through the year with distance learning led by Jewish scholars, and their experience culminates with participation in the Religious Action Center’s Consultation on Conscience in the spring. Learn more.