Jeremiah Fellowship: Human Kinship and Social Justice

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Lia Mandelbaum, whose popular blog Sacred Intentions appears on the Jewish Journal’s website, writes about her graduation ceremony at BCC last week, as a part of the Jeremiah Fellowship with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. BCC member Nathan (Nate) Looney also took part in the graduation event. Mazel Tov!

On May 22, I had a graduation ceremony at Beth Chayim Chadashim, to honor the completion of my nine month fellowship in the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Cohort of the Jeremiah Fellowship with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

Screen_Shot_2013-05-24_at_11.28.31_AMI wanted to share with you the speech I had given, about my invaluable experience as a Jeremiah Fellow.  Through the fellowship, I was blessed with opportunities to work collaboratively across lines of race and faith with people and communities throughout the United States to create economic opportunity and secure basic rights.  I also gained the tools to engage in and help lead local community organizing campaigns, and take part in community service and advocacy.  If you’re interested, please click {HERE} to check out the Bend the Arc website for information on applying to the fellowship.

My Speech

At our very first Jeremiah meeting at the Westside JCC, as a way to get to know one another better, Lee asked each of us to write down two people that we see as role models.  When I shared about my two hero’s, Bayard Rustin, and Raoul Wallenberg, I recognized that I was getting a bit worked up, and I became very embarrassed and could feel my face turning red.   After I shared, I sunk back into my seat, and began to feel vulnerable and exposed to these unfamiliar faces.  I didn’t want them to know how much I truly cared.

I had a really wonderful moment on my way home that night, where I was able to recognize and take comfort in knowing that the fellowship could potentially be the perfect space, where I could be open with likeminded individuals, about my intense passion for social justice.  I felt that this could be an opportunity to expose and own different parts of myself, and ultimately help me to be a more whole individual.

Read the full post on the Jewish Journal

Jeremiah Fellows: Allyson Schwartz, Laura Mizes, Gamal Palmer, Natalie Karic, Kimberly Duenas, Nathan Looney, Negin Yamini, Jillian Ezra, Ethan Weiss, Ryan Brooks, Farrah Azizi, Jason Lipeles, Hannah Bernstein.