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Jewish Inclusion Apprenticeship

The National Leadership Program: Jewish Inclusion Apprenticeship

If you are Jewish and find that your commitment to inclusion is grounded in those values, then the Jewish Inclusion Apprenticeship may be for you! RespectAbility’s commitment also is grounded in Jewish values, so we understand the important role played by faith-based organizations in the lives of people with disabilities. While much progress has been made, we recognize that there still is work to do to ensure people with disabilities can fully participate in these communities, and we are committed to that work. This work in the Jewish community will become a model to develop and identify best practices to share across all faiths.

Geoffrey Maleda speaking to RespectAbility Fellows seated around a large brown table

Geoffrey Melada of Hillel speaking to RespectAbility Apprentices

Jewish Inclusion Apprentices will work remotely with the Jewish inclusion team, with team members in Rockville, Maryland and Los Angeles, California. Our program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development and networking opportunities. Assistive technology and personal care support are available as needed.

Snapshot of Our Jewish Work

We have a broad and deep Jewish inclusion program, including convenings around holidays, like our recent virtual Seder for people with developmental disabilities, Erev-JDAD advocacy gathering, and ongoing Los Angeles social programming, but the centerpieces of our Jewish work include our webinar series training Jewish organizations to best incorporate Jews with disabilities and our Jewish Disability Perspectives newsletter.

Who We Want

The National Leadership Program is ideal for people who want to gain skills and contacts while making a positive difference for people with disabilities. We are looking for thoughtful and results-driven individuals who want to achieve breakthrough results while gaining hands-on experience. The Apprenticeship is for college and graduate students, as well as for people transitioning into the workforce for the first time, or back into the workforce after a break. Apprentices ideally will have an interest in the nonprofit/faith inclusion sector. Past inclusion experience is not necessary.

Apprenticeship Duties

Jewish Inclusion Apprentices will work closely with our Jewish inclusion team and with our National Leadership Program Director to help RespectAbility assist Jewish institutions in accessibility and equality issues. Individual projects will be assigned based on an individual’s unique ability to “bring something to the table.”

Specific tasks might include outreach to faith institutions; attending faith- based inclusion meetings, events and workshops; and fundraising work pertaining to faith-based inclusion like grant and proposal writing and prospect research.

In addition, the Jewish Inclusion Apprentices will learn about all of our other issue areas and departments. The Apprenticeship helps both to increase an Apprentice’s skill set and to advance RespectAbility’s mission.

Each Apprentice will receive many opportunities to learn new skills, network and gain direct experiences. In addition to hands-on work experiences, all Apprentices will participate in special presentations by guest speakers and intensive strategic communications workshops. A career plan will be developed by each Apprentice that will enable them to gain appropriate workplace experience while contributing directly and measurably to RespectAbility’s impact. Upon the completion of the Apprenticeship, graduates can expect to come away with excellent experience in the fields of inclusion, policy, strategic communications and fundraising; fair knowledge of issues for people with disabilities; and leadership skills to help them grow into confident advocates.

Important Details for Applicants

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills are strongly preferred, and Apprentices should exhibit leadership skills to complete their own projects.
  • Strong preference for college seniors and above.
  • The Apprenticeship program lasts five and a half months.
  • Hours are 9-5. Apprentices are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week though more is appreciated and more hours per week is preferred.
  • Apprentices will receive $15/hr.
  • Your cover letter must explain why this Apprenticeship in particular is of interest to you and why you believe you have the skills, focus and independent drive to make a positive difference in your time with us at RespectAbility.


  • A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.
  • Participation in staff meetings and team meetings.
  • Attendance in weekly speaker series.
  • Work with the National Leadership Program Director on advancing your career goals. This will include strengthening your resume, cover letter and building your professional network.


Fill out the form below and send your resume and cover letter to to apply for any of our National Leadership Program opportunities!

    RespectAbility provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RespectAbility complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.



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