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Jewish Inclusion Apprenticeship

The National Leadership Program: Jewish Inclusion Apprenticeship

If you are Jewish and have a strong interest in including people with disabilities in the community, consider applying for RespectAbility’s groundbreaking National Leadership Program. RespectAbility is committed to ensuring that Jewish Inclusion Apprentices receive training, mentorship, and work experience to develop careers in nonprofit and/or Jewish organizations. This is an amazing opportunity to work with our National Leadership Program Director, Ben Spangenberg, and our Senior Director of Faith Inclusion, Shelly Christensen, a leader in Jewish and interfaith inclusion, and co-founder of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month.

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

Geoffrey Melada of Hillel speaking to RespectAbility Apprentices

RespectAbility Staff and Apprentices all work remotely. Our program is fully accessible for people with disabilities and offers full-time in-house job coaching, skills development and networking opportunities. Assistive technology is available as needed.

Snapshot of Our Work

RespectAbility’s Faith Inclusion efforts work to create a model for religions, as faith and faith-based organizations are important parts of the fabric of many lives. Our model will deepen and grow out of our long-time focus on the Jewish community, where we work to equip Jews with disabilities and Jewish organizations with the capacity to ensure that interested Jews can participate in and contribute to all aspects of Jewish life and organizations. We believe that RespectAbility’s model and resources can contribute to best practices for all faiths and support faith communities as they support full participation and leadership opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more about our work so far at our website.

Who We Want

The National Leadership Program is ideal for people who want to gain skills, experience, and contacts while making a positive difference in the lives of people with disabilities. We are seeking individuals who are interested in gaining skills and experiences to work in the faith community, disability, and mental health inclusion sector. If you are a college or graduate student, joining the workforce for the first time, or returning to the workforce after a break, please apply. Past inclusion experience is not necessary.

Apprenticeship Duties

Our goal is to provide Apprentices with the knowledge, skills and experiences for career opportunities in the non-profit and/or Jewish community sector.

As a Jewish Inclusion Apprentice, you will receive training and experience on current topics and trends in the growing field of Jewish inclusion, such as: Jewish values guiding inclusion; current practices and trends; assessments of current practices and policies; collaboration; raising awareness; grant and proposal writing; and understanding the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) and belonging. You will receive individual mentorship with our experienced Faith Inclusion team. Upon the completion of your Apprenticeship, you will have the leadership skills and experience to bring to your next career opportunity.

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

In addition, Jewish Inclusion Apprentices will learn about our other issue areas and departments. 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; 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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