“This was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. This is by far the most loving and mindful community I have ever been in, and I am so unbelievably grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this fellowship.”
– Ayelet Pinnolis, Summer 2015
- Where will I live?
- Do we have time off?
- Do I need farming experience or Jewish knowledge?
- Where will I work my internship hours?
- Do I need a car or bicycle to get around?
- What are my chances of being accepted into the Fellowship?
- Can I receive college credit or master’s level credit for Urban Adamah?
- Can I speak to an Urban Adamah fellow from a prior season?
- What’s the connection between Urban Adamah and Adamah at Isabella Freedman?
- I understand the farm is moving in 2016. What are the implications for the fellowship?
Where Will I live?
Fellows live in a communal house in Berkeley one mile from the farm, which we call Beit Adamah. Rooms are doubles and triples. Rent, food and utilities are covered by the Fellowship. Fellows are responsible for general house maintenance and cleanliness.
Do We Have Time Off?
Urban Adamah is a very intense program. Hours are long and fellows are expected to be at all activities, unless there is a health issue or family emergency that prevents attendance. Time off is scheduled each week during Shabbat, which is from Friday at 5 p.m. to Sunday. Sunday start times vary, ranging from starting at 9 a.m. to as late as 1 p.m. However, there are sometimes events and special occasions on the farm during that time that fellows are required to help run and attend. Approximately every other Sunday is also a full day off. Additionally, we schedule one night off per week, starting with the dinner break.
Do I Need Farming Experience or Jewish Knowledge?
You do not need any farming experience or Jewish knowledge to participate in the program. Fellows come from a very wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We are looking for individuals who are open, positive, excited to go “all in,” who are interested in using the tools of Jewish tradition to lead more intentional, connected and compassionate lives, and who will most likely leverage the experience to make positive social change inside and outside the Jewish community.
Where Will I Work My Internship Hours?
During the first week of the fellowship, each partner community organization visits the farm and makes a presentation to the fellows about their work and about the nature of their internship. Fellows then work together as a group to select who will intern at which organization for the fellowship season.
Do I Need a Car or Bicycle to Get Around?
Due to the distance between the fellow’s residence and our various internship locations, fellows need to bring some form of transportation to Urban Adamah. A car is very helpful but a bicycle or a scooter is completely sufficient. You can purchase a decent quality bike in the East Bay for less than $200 once you arrive.
What Are My Chances of Being Accepted into the Fellowship?
There is considerable demand for the Fellowship and we are unable to accept all qualified applicants. Applications will be considered in the order they are received. Since the application process takes a bit of time, we encourage you to apply as soon as you decide you are interested.
Can I Receive College Credit or Master’s Level Credit for Urban Adamah?
Through our relationship with the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theology Union, Urban Adamah fellows may receive either undergraduate or graduate-level credit for their Urban Adamah experience. There is an additional charge of $1,900 per class (3 units). To receive credit, fellows are required to work on a separate independent project related to the work of Urban Adamah. Projects are supervised by a faculty member at the Center for Jewish Studies or UC Berkeley. The project must be completed within six weeks of the end of the Fellowship. To learn more, please contact Chloe at chloe(at)urbanadamah.org.
Can I Speak to an Urban Adamah Fellow from a Prior Season?
Yes, we’d be happy to put in you touch with one or more of our alumni. To get an updated list of names and contact information, please email kat(at)urbanadamah.org. Subject line should be: Requesting Alumni Contact Info.
What’s the Connection Between Urban Adamah and Adamah at Isabella Freedman?
The programs are kindred spirits and enjoy a cooperative relationship, yet there is no legal connection between us. Adam Berman, the Executive Director of Urban Adamah, founded Adamah at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in 2003. He also served as the program’s first director and currently sits on its Advisory Board. A good deal of the Urban Adamah curriculum was developed by Adam and other faculty members at Adamah between 2003 and 2008. Shamu Sadeh, the Director of Adamah in Connecticut, serves as a senior advisor to Urban Adamah.
I understand the farm is moving in 2016. What are the implications for the fellowship?
We have already begun to build the new farm, even as we are still running the old one. The summer fellows will spend time in both places – working the current farm, and building the new one. They will live in our current fellow’s house, which is about 3 blocks from the old farm and a mile from the new site. Fall fellows will help us move entirely to the new site and will spend most of their season on the new land. We expect fall fellows to live in the new fellows’ house which is currently being built on the new property.