Program Details

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“I feel profoundly more connected to the earth and to my own body. I learned more about agriculture than I thought was possible. I have made meaningful and lifelong friendships with people. I have learned to be fully present. I have learned important skills in intentional cooperative living. I feel a calling to always find work that is fulfilling. Doing this fellowship has profoundly enhanced my life.” –Brian Robbins, Summer 2014

How We Spend Our Days

Avodat Lev (Service of the Heart) 5 hours per week. Avodat Lev brings us together for meditation, movement, chanting, art and creative sharing every morning at 7:00 am. Meditation is guided and structured, but is mostly silent. Chanting consists of short phrases from the Shacharit service (the traditional morning liturgy). Avodat Lev is designed to open our hearts to ourselves, each other, our community and the world. It is led by Urban Adamah staff and fellows.

Avodat Sadeh (Service of the field) 15-22 hours per week. Avodat Sadeh is work on the Urban Adamah Farm. Farm work includes a variety of tasks including but not limited to: seeding, transplanting, weeding, bed preparation, harvesting, composting, animal husbandry (chickens, goats, bees and worms), pest management, setting up for events and general site maintenance. It is physical work. The farming curriculum covers multiple aspects of urban agriculture including crop selection, farm design, permaculture, and methods of preserving the harvest.

Avodat Kehilah (Service of the community) 8- 10 hours per week. Avodat Kehilah includes time spent working once a week at one of our partner organizations.

Limmud (Learning) 6-7 hours per week. Limmud is structured learning time. Classes are taught by Adamah faculty and guest lecturers, and take place at the fellows’ house and at the farm. The content spans a range of Jewish, environmental, leadership, and food movement topics.

Leadership Training (2 -3 hours per week). Urban Adamah is a leadership-training program. Our leadership curriculum guides fellows through structured learning sessions that teach a variety of skills including active listening, presence, conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, coaching, group processing, public speaking, non-violent communication and more. Many of these sessions involve openly sharing feelings and experiences in a group setting. These activities are an essential component of the Urban Adamah Fellowship. 

Schedule and Time Off

Urban Adamah is a very intense program, with a strict attendance policy. The days are long, and fellows are expected to be at all activities unless there is a health issue or family emergency that prevents attendance. Our days begin at 7 a.m. with Avodat Lev (Monday–Friday) and go until 9 p.m. three nights a week. The other two nights are unscheduled.

Time off is scheduled each week during Shabbat (Friday from 4 p.m. to Sunday at 1 p.m.). Approximately every other Sunday is also a day off. Fellows may each take one personal day from the program (for any reason) as long as they have prearranged for another fellow to cover their chores. Personal days may not be taken on days when fellows volunteer at their chosen organization. Once the season starts we expect fellows to be present for the full extent of the program, unless they have to leave for a medical or family emergency.

Your Commitment to the Entire Fellowship
When you agree to attend the Fellowship, we expect you to commit to the full dates of the program.

Termination Policy
If, after starting the season, you choose not to fully participate in Urban Adamah for any reason, barring unforeseen circumstances such as a death in the immediate family or serious illness, Urban Adamah reserves the right to require you to leave the program. Urban Adamah also reserves the right to require you to leave the program if we consider you to represent a threat to the well-being of the community, a danger to self or others, or other factors within the scope of reason.